A REALITY TV star is back in Sussex after living it up in a Spanish villa for two weeks.

Lucinda Strafford from Ditchling announced she was back home in a post to fans on social media.

The Love Island contestant was eliminated from the villa after a shock turn of events on Sunday’s show.

The Argus: Lucinda left the villa with her love interest AaronLucinda left the villa with her love interest Aaron

After finishing at the bottom of a public vote, the 21-year-old and her partner Aaron Francis were told they had been dumped from the show and had to leave the stunning Mallorcan villa immediately.

In a post on Instagram, Lucinda said she was “grateful” for the support she had received during her time on the popular ITV2 show.

She wrote: “Home sweet home. I would like to say a huge thank you for all of the support since leaving the villa and I am unbelievably grateful for all of your kind messages.

“I had the most amazing time in there and I’ve honestly met friends for life. Here’s to the next chapter.”

Speaking to ITV after leaving the Villa, Lucinda said she is looking forward to seeing how her new relationship with partner Aaron blossoms.

She said: “I’m excited to see where life takes me. I left with Aaron which is amazing so I am happy.

“It is bittersweet because I loved it there and you never want to go, but your time comes, and it does for everyone.

“I remember standing up and looking around seeing the couples standing up and thinking ‘Oh my God, if any of these couples leave it’ll be a big thing.’

The Argus: Lucinda says she is "grateful" for her time in the Love Island villaLucinda says she is "grateful" for her time in the Love Island villa

“I’m going to be rooting for everyone. I can’t wait to watch my girls and my boys. It’s going to be so weird to watch everyone but I can’t wait.”

Lucinda had previously been coupled up with former contestant Brad McCelland before he was dumped from the Island earlier in the series.

Brad, a labourer from Northumberland, said he had hoped to continue his romance with Lucinda, however she seems to have called time on their relationship.

Lucinda, who attended Downlands Community School in Hassocks said: “I definitely want to continue things with Aaron.

“At the time when Brad left I was really upset but I’m happy that I stayed because I carried on and saw Aaron in another way.

“I feel like when I went in, there was Brad and Aaron and it was nice to focus on one person. It meant that I could connect with Aaron and we get on really well.

“No regrets. I live with no regrets. I was myself in there, there’s not much more I could have done.”

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