Former Love Island star Zara Holland has apologised to the Barbados Government and the Barbadian public for what she described as a “massive mix up and misunderstanding” during her most recent stay in the country.
Reports are that Holland and her boyfriend Elliott Love were stopped by officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport after one of them reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
They were subsequently placed in isolation.
Barbados TODAY understands that Holland has been released from the facility but Love remains.
In a statement issued by a representative of the family this evening, Holland said: “I firstly wish to apologise to the entire country of Barbados for what has been a massive mix up and misunderstanding during my most recent stay.
“I am currently working closely with the local authorities to rectify any issues on my part and will issue an update and full statement which I think is the only right thing to do to the Government and citizens of Barbados.
“I have been a guest of this lovely island in excess of 20 years and would never do anything to jeopardise an entire nation that I have nothing but love and respect for and which has treated me as a family.”
Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George confirmed that at least two tourists were stopped at the airport as they attempted to leave the country after testing positive for the virus.
As a result, airport employees believed to have been in contact with the guests are under quarantine, pending results from two rounds of COVID-19 testing.
Officials in Barbados did not release the names of the visitors.
However, international media reports subsequently identified the couple.