Love Island star Georgia Harrison has apologised for a resurfaced picture of her in ‘blackface’.
Georgia, who appeared on the 2017 series of the ITV show, is currently starring in the MTV US programme The Challenge, but fans have hit out at the star after a photo of her painted face reappeared on the web.
In the picture, Georgia, 24, is posing with her face coloured in black. But she has now insisted that the snap was taken during a children’s birthday party in 2014 when she was 19 and there is an innocent reason behind it.
A representative for Georgia told MailOnline: “Georgia let the birthday pick what she had done and that was it.
“The little boy asked for her face to be painted black and then asked for her to have a moustache like a cowboy.
“At no point did Georgia think it was offensive or hold any negative connotations.
“Georgia would like to publicly apologise for any hurt or upset she’s caused with this old photograph and will learn from the situation.”
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Georgia’s co-star Theo Campbell, from Love Island and The Challenge, tweeted in support of the 24-year-old, writing that ‘racist’ claims against her are unfair.
“I wasn’t going to say anything as it’s BS to me,” he posted on Twitter. “But think, loveisland is 10x bigger over here then the challenge is in the U.S. if anyone thought she was being racist it would have been picked up on it already. @georgiaharisonx is away filming atm so can’t tell us who she was.”
Rogan O’Connor, who also appears on the MTV show, shared a message on Twitter too.
“Not always seen eye to eye with Georgia,” he wrote. “Or Theo for that matter, but gotta agree with him on this one.. Georgia looks like a child in those pictures and although I know ‘black face’ is offensive, I really think her silly make up was more ignorance than racism.”
Love Island returns in winter 2020 on ITV2, and you can catch up on the show ITV Hub.