JOE Garratt's friends and family have slammed Love Island producers for "unfair editing" and blamed them for his exit.
The 22-year-old was last night dumped from the show after fans turned on him over his "abusive" behaviour towards Lucie.
Joe complained Lucie was spending too much time with handsome boxer Tommy Fury – and that it was "weird" they were close friends.
Women's Aid blasted Joe over the comments, which triggered a flood of Twitter protests and complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom.
But his family have today hit back, saying: "After that nailbiting vote, Joe has unfortunately left the Love Island villa.
"We want to thank all of Joe’s followers for their endless support. We also want to wish the remaining islanders the best of luck in the rest of the programme, especially @lucierosedonlan who Joe genuinely cares for and enjoyed his time with.
"Speaking on behalf of Joe’s best friends, we acknowledge Joe will come out to some warranted criticism.
"However, we deem the majority of it to be unfair and non representative of Joe’s true character.
"The producers have the ability to show someone in a particular light, choosing just 45 mins of footage from 24 hours to tell a certain narrative.
"Joe will know he is coming home to the best family and group of friends about. We are all buzzing to see our boy. But from #thesandwichman…. that’s a wrap."
Those running the social media accounts of Joe's pals in the villa also sent their support.
Anna Vakili's account commented: "Joe was such an amazing person, so genuine and naturally entertaining.
"I don’t think he was in any way controlling. When you have real feelings for someone, a bit of jealousy is natural and normal. He was nothing but real!"
While Anton's account messaged: "We are absolutely devastated to see Joe leave the Islanders in the villa. Needless to say he seems like such a genuine guy, with a heart of gold. All our love #TeamAnton."
Joe's mum Rachel as slammed the alleged "abuse" as "sheer rubbish".
She told Mail Online, she said: "I know my son and he’s not like how he’s being portrayed.
"Both myself and his sister are his best friends. He doesn’t emotionally control anyone. That is not my boy."
The ITV2 show has received over 800 Ofcom complaints over Joe and his behaviour.
Following his departure from the Spanish villa Joe has been kept in a safe house as part of the programme's duty of care to the contestants.
To protect Joe even more, ITV have cancelled the usual post-dumping interviews contestants have when leaving the show.
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