Ex-Castleford Tigers star Jacques O’Neill forced to issue grovelling apology after controversial incident

If you have been paying attention in the rugby league world for the past few months, you will have realised that former Castleford Tigers star Jacques O’Neill has been plotting another career direction.

He entered the Love Island villa a number of months ago, before exiting early due to the mental pressures after initially finding love with Welsh beauty Paige Thorne.

However, she moved on to George bombshell Adam Collard once O’Neill had exited the villa, with the 23-year-old incredibly open about his struggles with mental health and ADHD.

That being said, O’Neill cut a controversial figure inside the villa, being accused of manipulative behaviour towards Paige, and, he has now been forced to issue a grovelling apology after being involved in another controversial incident with fellow ‘bad boy’ islander Luca Bish.

O’Neill was accused of bullying fellow Love Island star Tasha Ghouri and he wrote on his Instagram in response: “I just want to acknowledge the situation that’s happening right now and apologise if my behaviour has caused offence or been misinterpreted over the last few weeks.

“I genuinely have no bad feelings towards anyone and I’ve not meant for anything to come across that way at all. It was not my intention and I’m genuinely sorry if it has.

“Life has been overwhelming recently and admittedly I’ve probably not handled myself in the best possible way. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’m aware I’m far from perfect and that there is work that needs to be done on myself. I had my first therapy session on Monday which really took me out of my comfort zone.

“I know I have needed this for years but it’s only now I have decided to get help. I know it’s a step in the right direction for me even after just one session.

“I’m not asking for sympathy, I just want to acknowledge the situation and move forward as positively as I can. However, I know this can be used as an important lesson for me moving forward and over the coming years.

“I hope I can become the person I want to be and use this new platform to spread a positive message. I’m sorry to anyone that I have let down x”.

The former Castleford man has been previously spotted at the Jungle, but that was only to see his former teammates as his career in social media and the public eye takes off.

O’Neill signed a deal with The Social PR – the UK’s fastest growing PR company – and has appeared on multiple advertising streams.

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