Love Island star Zara Holland flees Barbados after paying £4,500 fine

EXCLUSIVE: Disgraced Love Island star Zara Holland flees Barbados after paying £4,500 fine for breaking Covid laws, leaving boyfriend Elliott Love locked up in mosquito-ridden military facility

  • Zara Holland flew out of Barbados on Wednesday night after court appearance
  • She escaped jail and was handed a £4,500 fine for breaking island’s Covid laws 
  • The 25-year-old kept a low profile as she caught a Virgin flight to Manchester
  • Holland left her boyfriend Elliott Love stuck in isolation centre on the island
  • He will not be released until he has tested negative twice for coronavirus 

Disgraced Love Island star Zara Holland has fled Barbados leaving her sick boyfriend Elliott Love locked up in the island’s coronavirus isolation unit alone and facing jail, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The former Miss England jetted back to Britain last night – just hours after she was ordered to pay a £4,500 fine or go to jail for nine months for breaching the island’s tough Covid rules.

Holland, 25, sat alone before boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to Manchester at the Grantley Adams International Airport, where she and Love, 30, had been arrested last month trying to flee after he tested positive for the deadly disease.

Dressed in black leggings and top and white trainers, with her long blonde hair loose, she wore a mask as she kept far apart from the other passengers in the departure lounge.

One fellow traveller said: ‘She was sitting well away from everyone else and trying to keep a very low profile. To say she looked sheepish is an understatement.

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Zara Holland jetted back to Britain last night – just hours after she was ordered to pay a £4,500 fine or go to jail for nine months for breaching the island’s tough Covid-19 quarantine rules

The 25-year-old sat alone before boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to Manchester at the Grantley Adams International Airport, where she and Love, 30, (above, pictured earlier) had been arrested last month trying to flee after he tested positive for the deadly disease

A guest who had been staying at the luxury Hilton hotel, where Holland, of North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, holed up after her arrest, spotted the former beauty queen scurrying out of the £350-a-night hotel several hours after she left court. Pictured on a previous holiday

‘We were shocked to see her because we know her boyfriend is still being detained while he battles Covid. 

‘I’m amazed she’s left him behind.’

Love is still trapped in the island’s mosquito-ridden Paragon Isolation Centre where he will stay until he is clear of the potentially fatal virus. 

He will have to test negative twice for the virus over the space of five days before he is allowed out of the military base which has been turned into a coronavirus quarantine centre.

He is then expected to be charged with breaking Barbados’ strict Covid rules and taken to court where he faces a sentence of up to a year in jail and an £18,000 fine if convicted.  

Holland, of North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, could have been jailed for up to a year but the magistrate instead imposed the fine, which many on social media condemned as a let off.

The fine was paid immediately by her lawyer meaning the former Miss England was free to leave. 

A guest who had been staying at the luxury Hilton hotel, where Holland holed up after her arrest, spotted the former beauty queen scurrying out of the £350-a-night hotel several hours after she left court. 

Andrew Pilgrim QC, Holland’s lawyer, told MailOnline today: ‘Zara left Barbados last night. The fine has been paid and she was free to go.’


Dressed in black and white trainers, with her long blond hair loose, she kept far apart from the other passengers in the departure lounge

Holland could have been jailed for up to a year but the magistrate instead imposed the fine, which many on social media have condemned as a let off. The fine was paid immediately by her lawyer meaning the former Miss England was free to leave

Love is trapped in the island’s mosquito-ridden Paragon Isolation Centre where he will stay until he is totally clear of the potentially fatal virus. He will have to test negative twice for the virus over the space of five days before he is allowed out

A family friend added: ‘Zara has gone home. She left last night by plane.’

At court on Wednesday, the shaken reality star had blamed her actions on a ‘foolish error’ and breathed a sigh of relief when she escaped with a fine of GBP 4,417 [B$12,000]. 

She had pleaded guilty to leaving the Sugar Bay hotel on December 29 while she was under quarantine.

Chief magistrate Ian Weekes admonished her for breaking the nation’s tough rules that have prevented the holiday island being overrun by the virus.

‘We cannot tolerate that you breached the quarantine protocol, he said. ‘You had been told to stay at your hotel and you should have done that.’

Mr Pilgrim blamed her ‘lapse’ on a ‘foolish error,’ telling the court she had two negative tests and became extremely nervous about her and Love’s status in Barbados, which is why she decided to try and leave the island.

Love had already tested positive for Covid when the pair bought return flights to the UK.

Mr Pilgrim told the court Holland was involved in a lot of charity work in the UK, including helping children with cancer, and also helped with transportation for people in need.

He said she had the utmost respect for the people of Barbados and had been holidaying on the island twice a year for the last six years.

At court on Wednesday, the shaken reality star had blamed her actions on a ‘foolish error’ and breathed a sigh of relief when she escaped with a fine of GBP 4,417 [B$12,000]. Holland was warned she would be jailed for nine months if she didn’t pay within seven days

She had pleaded guilty to leaving the Sugar Bay hotel on December 29 while she was under quarantine. Chief magistrate Ian Weekes admonished her for breaking the nation’s tough rules that have prevented the holiday island being overrun by the virus

Mr Pilgrim blamed her ‘lapse’ on a ‘foolish error,’ telling the court she had two negative tests and became extremely nervous about her and Love’s status in Barbados, which is why she decided to try and leave the island

Holland remained silent when she left court but stood beside Mr Pilgrim as he spoke on her behalf.

He said: ‘We accepted the decision of the court. Miss Holland wants to express her sincere apologies to the entire nation of Barbados.’  

Love tested positive for Covid after arriving on the island last Sunday.

The couple were given red wristbands and told to remain in their room at the £300-a-night Sugar Bay until they were taken to a quarantine centre on the north of the island.

Instead, they booked would have been a British Airways flight back to the UK packed with fellow British holiday makers, cut off their wristbands and took a taxi to the airport where, according to a local source, their names raised some red flags with airport officials because of their short turnaround time in the country.

They were arrested as they made their way to departures after surveillance cameras captured the pair entering public bathrooms and exiting wearing different clothing.

Last week Jamaican tourist Dean George Scott, 49, admitted in court to leaving quarantine to ‘buy Fanta’ and other snacks after arriving on the holiday island at the beginning of December. He was jailed for six months.

Love tested positive for Covid last Sunday. The couple were given red wristbands and told to remain in their room at the £300-a-night Sugar Bay until they were taken to a quarantine centre on the north of the island. Pictured: Holland at the Hilton on Tuesday

Instead, they booked would have been a British Airways flight back to the UK packed with fellow British holiday makers, cut off their wristbands and took a taxi to the airport. They were arrested as they made their way to departures

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