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Love Island star Hugo Hammond made huge waves in the villa in Thursday night's episode.

The PE teacher stood up for his friend Chloe Burrows after Toby Aromolaran shirked her and flirted with another, newer girl right in front of her, having been committed to Chloe for weeks.

Hugo, 24, slammed Toby's feeble excuse that he was "being tested" and called it "bulls**t", as he chose Chloe for a friendship couple when Toby dumped her for new tattooist bombshell Abigail.

"If I'm completely honest, she doesn't deserve to be treated the way she has been these past 24 hours and I firmly believe that a lot of this 'test' stuff is complete bulls**t," he ranted.

"You deserve someone who is honest and communicate with you. And, who knows what could happen, stranger things have happened," he added.

"So the girl I would like to couple up with is Chloe."

Hugo has failed to find romance so far, but his popularity is soaring
(Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

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Viewers were left divided as some argued Hugo did not stick up for Kaz Kamwi when Toby ditched her for Chloe earlier on in the series.

Others cheered him on for defending Chloe, while some are convinced he secretly has a crush on her.

But what do we know about Hugo, the villa's 'Mr Nice Guy, 'the new Dr Alex George,' and the programme's first visibly disabled contestant?

Hugo is a PE teacher back home in Hampshire – at least, he was when he first entered the villa.

The school Hugo taught at has now confirmed he will not be returning, explaining he was only "on placement" and did not have a permanent position.

It is unclear whether or not Hugo is aware that his role at the Devon-based school is over, but a representative from the education centre has confirmed he won’t be back.

"Mr Hammond was here on a very short placement during his teacher training in the Spring Term," they said.

He did, however, point out before he entered the villa that he was only training at the school during an interview where he was asked whether his students would be watching on telly.

Hugo Hammond batting for England in the Vitality IT20 Physical Disability Tri-Series match against Bangladesh
(Image: Nathan Stirk)

"The younger lot I teach I imagine might not be watching it,” he said.

"Then a lot of my seniors that I was working with broke up at half term with the GCSE and BTEC.

"So, I hadn’t seen them for a few weeks anyway. I’m sure they’re going to be shocked when they do see me on there, for those that do watch it!

"Hopefully, they’ll support me and they’ll have a laugh with it,” he added.

Hugo Hammond had just completed his training year as a PE teacher
(Image: Hugo Hammond Instagram)

Asked whether he was planning on returning to teaching, Hugo explained: "It’s definitely something I want to stay connected with.

"I absolutely love my job."

He continued: "It was my training year this year, so I’m not affiliated to a specific school for when I go back in September.

"So I’ll just have to see what happens from this great opportunity, and then go from there."

Hugo posted a photo on his Instagram that revealed he did some of his PE lessons over Zoom in the lockdown, joking that he was the next Joe Wicks.

In the VT that played before he entered the villa, Hugo was shown saying: "I would definitely say that I am a cool teacher. I have never asked a girl to call me Mr Hammond.

"I don’t think I could do it without laughing, so I’m definitely not going to be doing that any time in the near future."

He added: "It’s definitely going to be a Mr Hammond summer. No detentions, all fun, top marks. That’s the dream."

His love of sport goes back a long way, as he has represented his country when playing cricket for England PD (Physical Disability) around the world in places including Bangladesh and Dubai.

He was born with Congenital Talipes Equino-Varus, where a baby has their feet pointed down and inwards at birth.

Speaking about his condition, Hugo said: “I had lots of operations when I was a kid.

"You can only really tell when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a really short achilles heel. I walk slightly on my tip toes.”

Sport isn't his only talent – a video recently emerged of Hugo singing Sam Smith's I Know I'm Not the Only One on stage, with Instagram users admitting they were amazed he could sing so well.

From his social media, Hugo looks like a social butterfly, often posting photos from inside a club or pub with a beer or cocktail, holding a bottle of vodka in one with the caption: "Counting down the days till half term".

Other snaps show fun-loving Hugo suited at posh events, swimming in an infinity pool, and donning a pair of speedos, showing off his ripped physique.

In another snap he can be seen on what looks like a lad's holiday, riding a pedalo, which he jokingly captioned: "The only sliding in i do".

Hugo looks like an animal lover too, and often posts snaps with his adorable chocolate labrador, revealing the pup had eaten "half a box of dog biscuits".

Hugo looks to be close to his family, and he thanked his parents for all their help with a touching post when he graduated with his teaching degree.

"Today’s just as much about my parents than it is myself," he wrote.

"My emotional and financial stability … couldn’t have done it without them, lots of love".

Hugo said he had "a lot of fun" as a student
(Image: hugo_hammond_/Instagram)

Hugo enjoyed some wild parties at university
(Image: Facebook)

He is also a regular at sporting events, and also wrangles meetings with some of his idols including footballer Gareth Bale.

Hugo has struggled to find love in the villa, after making vague attempts at flirting with Millie Fuller and Lucinda Strafford.

He friend-zoned bombshell AJ Bunker, who had made her romantic feelings towards him and only him abundantly clear, with a very frank chat and a hug.

When Sharon Gaffka tried to hint to him that she had feelings, he "little sister-zoned" her.

And newcomer Georgia Townend lasted one night in the villa after he rejected her, too, claiming he did not feel a spark and seeming put off by her love of horses.

Despite seeming innocent and failing to make a romantic connection thus far, Hugo is no angel.

During a game of ‘Horny Devils’ on day two of the show, Hugo revealed he had once sex with someone in the middle of a road.

Hugo has posted adorable throwbacks to his childhood on his social media
(Image: hugo_hammond_/Instagram)

Hugo's ex-girlfriends Kathryn and Millie were also put under scrutiny when he went into the villa, with his previous relationships posted for the world to see on social media, and some accusations he was leading one to believe they would get back together.

A source said: "Hugo was in contact with both Kathryn and Millie right up until he got the call-up for Love Island at the last minute.

"He and Millie had ended their relationship, but she was hopeful they would get back together, because they were still talking.

“Meanwhile, he was very interested in Kathryn and had been texting her.

"Hugo knows he’s a good-looking lad and he plays to his sensitive side when it comes to attracting women.

"He loves being the centre of attention."

A source close to Hugo said: “Millie and Hugo decided to mutually split before the show started.”

Speaking about his past lovers, Hugo has said: "My past relationship was just over two years long, I’ve had a couple of other relationships in my past but not as serious.

"And I went to university and I had a load of fun there."

He added his last relationship ended at the start of this year.

"Lockdown and distance – put those two together and that’s a combination that wrecks relationships," he explained.

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