Love Island’s Mitchel Taylor ‘dropped’ by management amid homophobia accusations
Former Love Island star Mitchel Taylor has reportedly been dropped by his management company after being accused of homophobic behaviour at an awards ceremony last week.
The 27-year old gas engineer, who starred in this year's edition of the ITV dating show, issued a lengthy denial of several allegations on his Instagram story on Monday (September 25), adding that pal and fellow Islander, Zachariah Noble, "had nothing to do with it".
Addressing his 320,000 followers, 'Messy Mitch' as he was dubbed in the villa, said his new found fame is a "completely different world" from what he has previously known, adding that he understands how his behaviour could come across as "unprofessional".
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Taylor was criticised for declaring that he and Noble were "the most famous people" at the Space NK awards bash, and also stands accused of throwing money at a homeless person.
A source told MailOnline: "He's [Taylor] put up a video because he's had a lot of flak this week. His management have parted ways with him. He's only been out of the villa two months and they can't put up with it."
Earlier Taylor explained: "I'm making this statement because over the weekend there were a lot of accusations against me and Zach. I do want to start off by apologising to Zach because these accusations had nothing to do with him, he has just been dragged straight into them, they are solely about me.
"I want to talk about each one individually and obviously put it to bed and give my side of the story. The first accusation is the words "we are the most famous people in here" and that is actually true, I said that to Zach as a bit of banter but it has been taken the wrong way from other people and I admit it wasn't really that funny, I was just trying to have a bit of a laugh and a joke."
He continued: "Going on to the next accusation would be me throwing money at a homeless person, that is completely false, I didn't throw money. It was a kind gesture to give a homeless person money and it has been twisted into an evil act and it isn't true I was trying to do a kind gesture.
"I will admit when I was at this event I was quite happy and loud, it is a completely different world for me this, I've gone from fitting boilers to a fancy event and it can come across unprofessional and I understand that.
"Whoever saw me at that event I do want to apologise to as well, I just don't know how to handle myself in these situations, it's all new to me but I am really trying to adjust to this lifestyle."
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And discussing the homophobic matter, he added: "This is probably the biggest accusations out of them all about being homophobic. I spoke to an influencer at the event and my words were, 'I fancied you when you were straight'.
"I can see how that can come across as homophobic, I'm really bad with my words sometimes, I was just nervous to meet this person because I am a fan. I do apologise, it's just when I'm in scenarios like that I can't really get my words out correctly and I was just trying to be as respectful to that person as I could and I kind of got it completely wrong.
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"Obviously want to end on this, I do think you deserve the truth, i have to be blatantly honest with what went down and I do apologise that the statements took so long to come across, I had to take time away from social media over the weekend.
"The amount of hate, death threats and horrible comments I've been getting I just couldn't deal with it, so I just had to take some time away. Hopefully that has cleared things up and moving forward I just want you to know I'm not homophobic, I never have been, I'm just bad with my words sometimes and I hoped you can understand."
Taylor has subsequently postponed a scheduled public appearance at Bournemouth's Halo nightclub this evening.
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