Love Island's Connor Durman apologises for 'inappropriate and racist remarks
Love Island star Connor Durman has apologised for his racist behaviour after vile messages aimed at his ex-girlfriend came to light in January.
The coffee salesman, 25, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share an impassioned statement in which he acknowledged his flaws in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement while also insisting her is determined to educate himself.
It was revealed earlier this year that Connor branded his ex-girlfriend Stevie-Leigh Pich a 'sl**' and a sl**' and stating that the fact the make-up artist sleeping with black men made her a 'rank', and added that 'it makes me sick'
In his lengthy apology, Connor wrote: 'During my time in lockdown and seeing the BLM movement it has given me time to reflect on my past and comments made during a heated conversation between myself and my ex girlfriend before my time in Love Island in 2019.
'Firstly I would like to say I'm extremely sorry for my inappropriate and racist remarks written in the message....
'I completely failed to think about my words and ended up saying something hurtful and insensitive when I was in an angry and emotional state of mind, talking privately with someone close to me.
'The comments made were not a true reflection of the Connor Durman you all know today. However I understand now, there is no excuse for reinforcing racist comments...
'I will think very hard about my assumptions and phrasing from her on out and hope to have an opportunity to show what i have learn, listened to and importantly understood regarding the BLM movement.
'The BLM movement has given all of us, especially me, a huge insight into racism. Although I've made regretting comments in the past, I was to make it clear to the people hurt from my comments, including close friends and family...
'I am not a racist and I do not condemn (sic) any racist behaviour physically or verbally. Being honest with myself, I still have a lot to learn about the BLM movement, culture and history, but I am very grateful that the BLM movement has happened...
'The movement has my full support and it's helped educate me personally along with millions globally, which I believe is one of the many changes the BLM movement are protesting for.
'Finally, I would like to add because of the BLM movement, I plan to use my influence and social platforms positively, expressing in line with the peaceful protests that it is time for a permanent change'.
In January, friends of his ex Stevie-Leigh told The Sun: 'It's disgusting that he can send messages like that given who he's paired up with on the show. He kept telling Stevie that it made him sick that she'd seen the guy and was really nasty.'
Connor then told his ex that 'liking black boys' is 'such a put off', the paper reported.