Love Island’s Adam Collard recently confessed to Zara McDermott that he was bullied at school, in a heart to heart before she was sent packing from the villa.
However, now a schoolmate of Adam’s has claimed that, far from his account, he was one of the “popular” kids in middle school, who used to regularly pick on her.
According to Sophie, 21, the reality TV star used to “taunt” her in class, and even physically prod her across the desk.
Detailing how Adam used to pick on her, she exclusively told OK! Online: “When he sat next to me, he’d taunt me and give me the occasional dig in the arm, which hurt.”
She added that it wasn’t just the one time either, claiming that Adam would frequently jab her and tease her in front of other classmates.
Sophie recalls one time during wood work class that Adam wasn’t impressed with her final project, and cruelly told the rest of the class how poor it was.
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Since appearing on the show, Adam has also landed himself in hot water with many viewers for allegedly “gaslighting” Rosie Williams, with Womens Aid even speaking out against his behaviour.
But some stars, including former Love Island contestant Montana Brown, claimed that viewers should take things with a pinch of salt, and added that it could just be down to editing.
“I wouldn’t jump the gun as perhaps some other people would, and that’s only because I’ve experienced what its like to be in there,” she explained on BBC Breakfast. “That situation 100 per cent happened, but he might have gone up to Rosie an hour later and said, ‘You know, Rosie, I really overreacted earlier. I’m sorry'”.
Speaking about his own experience of school, Adam gave a different account to Sophie while speaking to Zara on the show, claiming that he was picked on so badly that his confidence was severely knocked.
He told her: “When I first got into training and stuff it was a massive confidence issue, because I had a bit of rough time at school with people.
“Like, I got picked on and stuff like that. Standard stuff that everyone gets. But I took it to heart a lot more than other people.”
OK! Online have contacted ITV for comment.