Love Island fans praised Shaq Muhammad for his ‘maturity’ after he broke down in tears on Thursday when an explosive movie night saw him argue with his partner Tanya Manhenga.
The 24-year-old star had seen Tanya, 23, kiss Nigerian-Irish bombshell Martin Akinola during one of the clips and was later comforted by her friend Tom Clare outside the villa.
Viewers of the show were upset to see Shaq’s emotional reaction, stating that he deserved to be treated “so much better”.
During the show, Tanya was unapologetic for her actions, which later led to a showdown between the pair that later descended into an all-powerful brawl.
Fans criticized Tanya for her ‘self-centered and immature’ behaviour, urging the producers to send her a new partner.
Upset: Love Island fans praised Shaq Muhammad for his ‘maturity’ after he broke down in tears on Thursday when an explosive movie night saw him argue with partner Tanya Manhenga
Tough: The 24-year-old star had seen Tanya, 23, kiss Nigerian-Irish bombshell Martin Akinola during one of the clips and was later comforted by her friend Tom Clare outside the villa
One person wrote on Twitter: “Shaq crying outside the Village…shows guys have feelings we just don’t try to show it in front of the girls…yeah give him the 50k now he’s won everyone over.”
Another added: “Shaq’s crying was actually upsetting to watch…Tanya is very self centered and immature.” She deserves better.
‘Shaq is too mature for this game. He deserves so much better,’ a third agreed.
Someone else wrote: “The most emotional moment so far on this show was watching Shaq try hard not to cry with Tom comforting him outside the villa and the other islanders would never know how much he has to deal with.”
Earlier on the show, Shaq reacted to the Movie Night clip of Tanya kissing Martin, he said, ‘So it was just a kiss, yeah, and he went to kiss you? So are we lying now?
But Tanya stood her ground, saying, “If you’re looking for something to get mad about, this isn’t it.”
The confrontation led to Shaq later telling the boys, “I can’t lie, I feel like she’s a liar, I feel like she’s full of shit.”
Tanya got irritated and told Olivia that she didn’t know what else to do and that she felt she had to prove her love for Shaq.
Thoughts: Viewers of the show were upset to see Shaq’s emotional reaction, saying he deserved to be treated “so much better.”
After Tanya ignored Shaq in the kitchen, he left the villa and later cried while talking to his friend Tom.
Twitter was full of irate commenters after the fight, angered by Tanya’s behavior.
One person wrote: ‘Tanya is actually the WORST person in #loveisland. The biggest gaslighter and hypocrite. Shaq deserves much better.
Another added: ‘Tanya doesn’t deserve Shaq’, while a third said: ‘Tanya continues to prove that she is too emotionally IMMATURE to be in a relationship.
The emotional manipulation he uses on Shaq to continually justify his bad behavior is actually CRAZY… honestly all these girls left can be written off. Well, except Sanam.
Meanwhile, a separate person wrote: ‘Not Tanya saying old shaq is back and she doesn’t like him as soon as he shows human emotions… genuine gaslighting! It’s not an old version of him, he’s just injured and reacting to your damn it!’
Hugs: Tom gave Shaq a hug because he was clearly upset about the events of Movie Night at the Islander Village.
Anger: Tanya sat down with her fellow islanders and vented her frustration, revealing that she didn’t know what to do.
Anger: Twitter was full of irate commenters after the fight, angry at Tanya’s behavior and that she made him cry
Elsewhere, fans gasped at Martin’s reaction to his time with Tanya on Casa Amor being shown on the big screen.
The pair struck up a romance during the last test of the show, before she returned to the main villa and patched things up with her partner Shaq.
But as the latter saw firsthand what really happened between Tanya and Martin when he wasn’t around, viewers couldn’t help but notice how much the senior software engineer enjoyed the showdown.
Eating popcorn with a cheeky smile on his face, he seemed almost delighted to see things get started, as Shaq and Tanya bickered over the videos.