CURTIS Pritchard’s family have jumped to his defence amid a backlash from Love Island fans.
The 23-year-old is under siege for romancing both Maura Higgins, 28, and Francesca Allen, 23, in the TV villa days after dumping devastated Amy Hart.
Viewers have accused him of playing them off against each other and branded him “a snake”.
But the ballroom dancer’s dad Adrian last night hit back and insisted Curtis is doing nothing wrong.
He told the Daily Star Sunday: “Curtis would never want to hurt anybody.
“Both girls like him and he’s just enjoying himself. I’m not sure which girl he’ll go for. I’m watching and I’m curious to see what happens.
“Love Island is about meeting new people and seeing who you click with. So he’s doing what he is there to do.”
He added: “It’s not fair for people to think he’s a love rat or a snake because he’s not that kind of person at all. He would never treat a girl badly.
“Curtis hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s being himself – he isn’t trying to change at all. He isn’t someone who knows how to lie. What you’re seeing on the show, that’s him.”
Ballroom dancer Curtis has also been under fire for ditching Amy, 27, last week.
The decision left her so devastated she quit the show amid fears over her mental health.
Adrian said: “Curtis had to finish it because their relationship wasn’t right. I honestly feel in my heart that he’s done the right thing. He couldn’t win, regardless of how he did it.
“But at least he went with his heart and didn’t lie. They’d only had four weeks together. They hadn’t been together that long,” added Adrian, pictured with wife Debi and Curtis, right.
“People said he did the wrong thing, but there’s no nice way to end a relationship.
“We want a perfect world, but we don’t have a perfect world.”
Curtis’ mum Debi is also proud of his behaviour in the villa and refuses to let the criticism get to her.
She said: “If you let the backlash into your life it will affect your family. We are close and support each other, so any backlash will fade into insignificance. It’s a TV show, it’s not real.”
Curtis had a turbulent week as his romance with Amy fell apart.
Viewers saw him have a string of emotional meltdowns.
Adrian said: “When Amy left it was very emotional and it caught me off-guard. Seeing that was very traumatic. I could see by Curtis’ body language that he was devastated.
“I felt for both him and Amy. And it felt terrible that we couldn’t communicate with him and say, ‘You’ve done the right thing’.”
The dramatic scenes have made Curtis a target for internet trolls.
And the abuse has left his family stunned.
Adrian said: “There have been mixed views. People have their opinions.
“There have been comments that surprised me. You think, ‘How can anybody say that?’.
“A lot of these people are not parents, some of their comments would be different if they were.
“They would understand the pain that parents go through.”