Former The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Goodger has appeared to back track on calling Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips a “bully” days after she made the jibe on social media.
The 33 year old reality star admitted she “does like” the 25 year old Londoner as she caught up on the latest episode of Love Island, which saw the fallout of Shaughna’s ex Callum Jones bringing a Molly Smith back from Casa Amor.
As Lauren watched the latest episode of the ITV2 dating show, she shared her thoughts on her Instagram story.
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The former TOWIE star wrote: “Catching up on love island [heartbroken and crying emoji] ok I cried maybe my emotions are a lil up and down with this one …”
Referring to her comments about Shaughna days before she added: “I used a strong word but I still mean what I said but maybe a different phase what I meant .. I am intereste in seeing what is going to happen …
“but I am happy for Callum and Molly they well suited .. now need a man in for sauna I do like her,” followed by a purple heart emoji. [sic]
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Lauren’s revelation comes days after she was slammed by the Love Island star’s family for accusing Shaughna of “bullying”.
Taking the side of Callum, 23, while his head was turned by Molly in Casa Amor last week, Lauren wrote: “I am so happy for the boys to get away from these girls!!!!
“I am happiest for Callum!! He needs a break poor boy! They all need to breathhh I bet he comes back with a new ting.” [sic]
The reality star added: “everyone will say Oh Callum what a CUnextTuesday Not see that he felt so trapped by her and she too much bulling him into this 2 week relationship !
“She is now saying I always find the wrong ones! No you found a really nice guy actually you just act all wrong.
“So it’s her fault and not his!! I really really really want him get with Molly so he happier I think he my fave.” [sic]
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Shaugna’s family then shared Lauren’s comments on the Londoner’s Instagram page and hit back as they slammed her for using the word “bully”.
The person looking after her account wrote: “Bullying, not a word that should be used lightly, especially by someone who has been trolled so much herself!
“Not nice to see her putting the other OG girls down in her stories too. Wish you the best of luck tho Lauren.” [sic]
The reality star also received backlash from Love Island fans on one of her Instagram posts.
One wrote: “You can keep saying “ oh this is love island is it a joke “ you threw an accusation around that shaughna was bullying Callum it might only be love island but you didn’t violate the show you violated a individual, especially seeing as shaughna can’t even defend herself from the rumours you’re trying to make.” [sic]
Another added: “Yh all these quotes on your story about not judging you until people get to know you bla bla bla and here you are a few stories before judging other people. Well how about you work on yourself and treat people how you want to be treated” [sic]
And a third said: “It’s ok to have an opinion. But when calling someone a bully, when they’re not, is dangerous.” [sic]
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