Slade Parker arrived on the third season of Love Island US during Episode 9. But by the next day, the 27-year-old was already gone. Islanders usually depart after a dramatic recoupling ceremony, but Slade’s exit was different. The Rome, Georgia native left of his own volition during the weekly Love Island: Uncensored episode that airs on Paramount+ (which may have been confusing for fans who only watch the usual broadcast on CBS).
His departure came as a bit of a shock, given how quickly he seemed to mesh with the rest of the cast. Upon his arrival, he was sent on a date with fellow islander Aimee via a public vote. Shortly thereafter, Slade was given the opportunity to choose his own partner for a second date, and immediately picked Olivia. Despite the fact that Olivia was already coupled up with Javonny at the time, it appeared that she was far more interested in Slade’s southern charms. The audience got to see some chemistry develop between Slade and Olivia, but any potential love triangle was cut short when Slade left the show.
Slade attributed his exit to urgent family matters that he needed to return home to deal with. As of yet, he hasn’t elaborated on the complications that caused him to leave the villa, however he has taken to Instagram twice since Monday’s episode. The first time, he shared a post to his grid on July 21 including a picture of the entire Love Island cast captioned simply “A-team” with a heart and beach emoji. The second time, he posted a photo of himself shirtless in swim trunks to his story, writing, “Cannot thank everyone enough for the overwhelming amount of love & support I’ve received. We back, baby!”