In tonight's show, Alex is still feeling uncertain about his feelings towards Ellie in light of her flirtation with Sam, and, as the recoupling approaches, he remains torn between his loyalties to Samira and the potential he sees in Ellie.
Speaking to the boys, he surmises: “In my head, I’m just going to take a step back today. If she wants to come to me, come to me, I’m not running around. I’m not jealous of him, or her with her. If she prefers Sam, then she just has to do what she has do to do.
"What can I do? I’m just going to be myself. I’m not changing, I’m not going to change who I am. I’m not acting differently because someone’s come in here, it is what it is.”
Confused as to where his head is at, Alex tells the Beach Hut:
Deciding to speak to Ellie about it privately, the pair sit down for a candid conversation.
Alex says: “I just want you to know, I have had a rocky journey here and it does make it sensitive. I probably am a bit more sensitive than I was before. I do feel a bit frustrated. I feel like with you, I’m not able to be completely natural all the time.”
Ellie responds: “I think at the minute it’s kind of like ‘oh they’re speaking, oh they’re in the pool’ but I think if we were in a couple, it might take the edge off and we can actually see if it’s natural or if we just don’t work. To me everything just feels, I’ll be honest, very robotic.
"And I don’t feel natural, I don’t feel in my comfort zone, and I do feel too under pressure for us to be a thing. And I’m kind of hoping that if we do recouple, well obviously the ball’s in your court, I have no control.”
Alex replies: “I think as long as you’re happy. I don’t want to try I just want us to enjoy. Enjoy it, see what happens.”
Reassured after their heart to heart, Alex tells the Beach Hut he’s eager for them to progress things without any pressure over their heads: “I think that chat with Ellie was absolutely needed. There’s a lot of stuff that was kind of bothering me. I was glad to hear a few things from her as well.
"Actually, we’ve both honest. It is a bit robotic at the moment, we are under a bit of pressure, we don’t know if it’s going to definitely work or not, we both are considering that it might be a good idea that if we recouple we could try. We both want to see what we could be like with no pressure.”
However, having been close to Samira since their first day in the villa, Alex speculates on the fact that choosing Ellie could ultimately send Samira home.
And with Samira in an uncertain position with both Sam and Alex, she places doubts in his mind about Ellie as the pair chat in the garden: “I don’t trust her. She’s just not certain of things and if you come in here you want to be certain. I just don’t know her intentions in here, but it’s fine, she’s young. Not genuine, as in genuine about you. Because she hasn’t put any effort in.”
Thrown by her sudden backlash towards Ellie, Alex tells the Beach Hut: “I think it’s a bit unfair of Samira to judge Ellie and I when we’re so new and only getting to know each other. We’re just trying to give things a go. Sam’s a good girl and a great friend to me but in some ways those comments could sow seeds of doubt in your mind.”
Love Island 2018 airs tonight at 9PM on ITV2.