Former Love Island star Demi Jones is defending her best pal Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown – slamming accusations she is a "game player".
Model Zara, 25, has caused drama in the villa when she entered as a bombshell and stole hunk Tom Clare, 23, from Olivia Hawkins, causing an instant rivalry between the two.
The ladies had an instant dislike towards each other, and have had several verbal clashes as they compete for love rivals and try to keep their place in the villa.
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Zara branded Olivia "two-faced", while Olivia hit back and called her a "game player" during a heated exchange.
Amid their rivalry, season six Islander Demi has slammed accusations that her friend Zara is playing a game and said she's a "confident girl" who won't settle for less.
Demi told The Sun: "Zara's not a gameplayer, she's just very confident and she knows her own worth and doesn’t settle for anything."
Demi also addressed rumours that Zara and Olivia had a secret feud before the show after it was revealed that they appeared in the same music video.
In unearthed footage for RnB singer Dapz's music video Take Me Away, both girls were seen lounging by the pool in bikinis in the middle of a house party in the Hollywood Hills.
Unearthed Instagram messages show the pair were at least commenting on each other's posts years before they entered the show.
Shedding some light on the rift, Demi said the pair have been "friends for years", but may have fallen out while working together on a shoot for a music video.
"They’ve been friends for a very long time – in London, everyone knows everyone, so I’m sure something must have gone on," Demi said.
"They did know each other before the villa, I also know Olivia."
She explained: "I think they’ve resolved it now – hopefully they can move past it and Olivia can find someone and Zara goes away with Tom."
Zara and Tom's romance has been far from smooth sailing and fans recently accused the hunky footballer of "playing" two of the girls.
Demi admitted that Zara and Tom could be on borrowed time as Casa Amor fast approaches.
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