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Joe From 'Love Island' Causes Concern With 'Possessive' Behaviour, Experts Warn

We're just three days into the latest series, but Islanders Lucie Donlan and Joe Garratt have already had their fair share of on-screen drama.

However, fans are becoming increasingly concerned over the catering company owner's "possessive" behaviour towards the surfer, with many likening him to Joe from Netflix series, You, which sees the character become instantly obsessed with a stranger, especially after last night's Love Island installment.

Pretty52 spoke to two relationship experts, Emma Kenny and Jo Hemmings, for their take on Joe's behaviour - and it seems like fans have a right to be concerned.

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Lucie and Joe coupled up during the first episode, and the pair shared a smooch round the fire pit, with the 22-year-old later admitting that he had feelings for her already.

However, Lucie was picked by late entry Tommy Fury during the first round of recouplings, much to Joe's annoyance.

Tommy and Lucie then went on a date together, which caused Joe to become increasingly upset with her - despite it being totally out of her control.

Lucie was later seen sobbing to Curtis Pritchard after Joe told her he felt like he couldn't "trust her" anymore after going on the date set up by producers.

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Credit: ITV2
Credit: ITV2

But is Joe just madly in love already, or is these tell-tale warning signs that Lucie should get out?

According to Emma, Joe's recent behaviour is "very immature" and may be a red flag.

Emma adds that Joe is already being super "territorial" over Lucie just three days into the villa and has become "instantly invested" in their relationship, despite them barely knowing one another in reality.

Credit: ITV2
Credit: ITV2

Viewers saw Joe become more and more frustrated over Tommy showing an interest in Lucie, who he'd originally partnered up with. Emma says Joe is now "equalling his hurt" towards the situation by projecting his own feelings towards Lucie going on a date with Tommy to make feel upset about it all, too. It worked as she sobbed about the situation to Curtis.

Relationship expert Emma believes this sort of behaviour is typical for young people in relationships and is something she sees regularly, calling Joe, 22, "just a kid".

Emma also points out that if you're feeling upset and crying as a result of their behaviour at the very start of a relationship, it's never a good sign and Lucie should "get out" if it continues into their relationship.

She says Lucie also needs to "know her worth and know her value" as she hasn't done anything wrong by Tommy picking her, and she should learn that she should not accept this kind of behaviour from Joe especially given the circumstances.

Credit: ITV2
Credit: ITV2

Jo also believes that Joe is displaying "both needy and possessive behaviour towards Lucie".

"Essentially jealousy towards his love rival Tommy and resentment towards Lucie for going on the date," she adds.

Jo continues: "He's clearly got pretty smitten, pretty quickly and that's OK, it's just he seems to lack the maturity to keep cool about it and also the confidence to think that it might ultimately play his way, if he can just keep that cool.

"Unfortunately, by not masking his feelings to a better extent, he is likely to push away Lucie as she starts to feel guilty and uncomfortable with him."

Here's hoping Joe can sort out his behaviour, fast.

Featured Image Credit: ITV2

Topics: Life, Life News, Real, TV Entertainment, Love Island

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

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