Olivia Buckland has caused outrage over her comment on fiancé Alex Bowen’s latest Instagram selfie.
Alex appeared shirtless in the snap, baring his torso alongside his equally tatted-up pal Brad Skelly.
Giving a pout to the camera Alex, 25, tensed his muscles as he took the snap of their reflection ahead of a fitness photoshoot.
The comment box was soon flooded with messages of appreciation for the buff pair, but some fans claimed to be highly offended by the remark left by reality TV star girlfriend Olivia.
Alex Bowen got a lot of attention with his shirtless Insta pic
Eagle-eyed users spotted the Love Island beauty write ‘homos’ on the pic – and her choice of words didn’t go down well her social media following.
"A lot of gay kids they are taunted with this word," slammed one angry fan.
In attempt to diffuse the growing row, Olivia stepped in to say she didn’t mean to use the word in a derogatory way.
Olivia’s comment caused outrage amongst fans
Olivia said she hadn’t meant to cause any offence
"Homosexual isn’t an offensive word if you are not a bully or not a homophone," she said in her defence.
"Brad & Alex pictured above are very close and myself and Brad’s girlfriend have a running opinion that they would make the perfect couple if in a different world. You shouldn’t reflect negative connotations on the word homosexual," she added.
Mirror Online has contacted representatives of the star for comment.
Olivia spoke up to defend her decision
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Olivia and Alex have been dating since July 2016 when they met as contestants on Love Island.
The pair are set to tie the knot in Essex in September this year.
Speaking to NEW! magazine about their plans for the day, Olivia admitted she’d become a bit of a ‘bridezilla.’
"Alex was hands-on when he tried the cakes, but he lets me get on with it because he knows I’m quite picky and he trusts my opinion," she said.