LoveIsland: Carrington Defends Claims He's Only With Laurel for TV LoveIslandUS
The 4th place couple spoke with ET about what the future holds for them outside the villa.
and then once they get off the show, I see him being a hurtful person to her, hurting her and leaving her pretty fast." When asked to respond to Lakeyn's claims that his intentions aren't 100 percent genuine, Carrington shot them down completely.
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"There's none. The funny thing about Lakeyn was she was trying to be in Laurel's shoes. She said many times Laurel was not right for me, she wanted to be with me, so this is just out of spite. Me and Laurel know that we wouldn't listen to someone who wants to talk about our relationship, who clearly wanted to be with me. It just wouldn't make any sense to listen to her," Carrington defended.
"I don't really have much to say on that. I was put in a tough position. It was just an emotional roller coaster and I don't really want to relive it. It's kind of in the past and we're mainly focused on ourselves moving forward, not worried about what anyone else has to say about anyone's negative opinions," Laurel said."With this show, I'm sure there's going to be some of those but we're trying to focus on the positives."
"If I was just caring about the show or trying to be fake in any way, I would've stuck with Kierstan," Carrington noted, referring to his secondLove Island partner. "Kierstan was very into me. I ended up wanting to be friends with her and I could've just faked it but I was real with myself and I was real with my heart and it took me to a good place."
"Even him wanting to get to know Lakeyn shows a lot about how he viewed the experience, really taking it in and making the most of it," Laurel said. "If he was only worried about the show, he could have just as easily picked her or me because at that point, he had already gotten to know her and that was already an issue. So sticking with me wouldn't have made a difference."
Adam Torgerson/CBSIf there's one islander who may have grown up the most this season, an easy pick would be Carrington, who started off as an archetypal playboy. But as the season wore on, he evolved into a bit of a pleasant surprise with his honesty, emotional growth (however minuscule it might have been) and an acknowledgement of his shortcomings.
"I knew going into that conversation, my parents were going to have things to say to Carrington or questions to ask that were going to be hard-hitting. I was so proud sitting in that moment watching him talk to him and the way he handled himself was amazing," Laurel said of the chat he had with her parents regarding the Lakeyn slip-up. "I was a little shocked that he was being how he was. He was so respectful, he was taking everything. He really didn't have anything to say back. He wasn't making any excuses. He just told them exactly what had happened and his plans moving forward with me. My parents were elated by the fact that he was so respectful. I think they love him. I knew there wasn't going to be any issues about them being hateful or anything like that. Definitely, I think they like him a lot. I'm not worried about it. For the fact for them to give me that validation of our relationship meant the world to me."
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Not surprisingly, the couple doesn't plan on watching the show back just yet."That's kind of up in the air for me. I don't know if I want to," Laurel admitted."I was like, 'Yeah, can't wait to watch it. It's going to be so sick.' And now...," Carrington said."I will watch it. I don't know if I'm going to watch it yet. It's just going to be so weird seeing us and all of our friends on TV. It's going to be weird looking at moments and being like, 'I don't remember it going exactly that way,' but I will eventually watch it for sure."
As for how they hope America perceived them during their time on Love Island, both are optimistic that they were true to who they were."I hope people saw me as honest because I went in there to experience a reality game show. I wanted to talk to people. Everybody that came in, male or female, was amazing with a great personality, very good-looking. My goal wasn't to come in, find someone early and fall in love in four weeks. My goal was to find someone to bring to the outside world," Carrington said. "If I fell in love during the show, awesome, but I wasn't just there to try and fall in love with someone who didn't make me have those feelings. It was to find somebody, and me and Laurel had a late start but there's plenty of time to find love. I hope they saw that I had a normal dating experience and it was just filmed."
"I just hope that I came off as myself. Through all of that, you don't really get caught up in the cameras, but sometimes being in these situations, you don't want to lose yourself," Laurel said."I really hope that I stayed true to myself and I came off as genuine and authentic."
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