Love Island newcomer Chloe Burrows was subjected to hundreds of vile death threats just three days into the new series of the ITV2 dating show airing.
And former winner Amber Rose Gill, 23, has insisted that social media trolls are in ‘a negative headspace,’ as she discussed mental health with Richard Madeley, 65, and Susanna Reid, 50.
While appearing on Monday’s installment of GMB, the Newcastle-born beauty asserted that ‘it’s just a desperate cry for help,’ when people send abuse to others online.
Truth: Amber Rose Gill, 23, has insisted that social media trolls are in ‘a negative headspace,’ as she discussed mental health on Monday’s instalment of GMB
Asked whether she received death threats during her Love Island stint, Amber explained: ‘Whilst I was in there, what my family had to deal with… it was a lot.
‘You don’t have your phone, and by the time I got out I won and had a barrage of nice messages, so I missed all of the bad stuff.’
Giving her thoughts on social media trolls, Amber asserted: ‘I think that they’re probably just in a negative headspace themselves and it’s just a desperate cry for help.’
She added that those who abuse reality stars online: ‘get far too invested in a show that’s just for entertainment purposes.’
Shocking: Love Island newcomer Chloe Burrows was subjected to death threats just three days into the new series of the ITV2 dating show airing
Mental health matters: Amber asserted that ‘it’s just a desperate cry for help,’ when people send abuse to others online
Richard talked about how they can get away with it because of anonymity, explaining: ‘Social media creates a barrier to say what you want… I’m just glad that she [Chloe] doesn’t have to see that.’
Last week, Chloe’s family shared a statement and example of an abuse message, writing: ‘We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we’ve had enough, after just 3 episodes.
‘We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM encouraging Chloe to kill herself – there have been HUNDREDS.
‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing? Not only that, but people are flooding her inbox threatening to kill her themselves. People… this is a GAME show, there is a cash prize!’
Awful: It came after Love Island’s late arrival Chloe was inundated with hundreds of vile death from online trolls (pictured on the show)
‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?’ Chloe’s family and friends took to Instagram to beg viewers to be kind going forward with the reality show
They continued: ‘We understand the frustration surrounding @shannonsinghhh ‘s eviction – we feel it too! She didn’t deserve to leave so early but Chloe does not deserve to DIE because Shannon had to leave the villa!
‘She will have had no idea of the repercussions of her decision prior to making it.’
Ending their plea, they wrote: ‘We are not naive. We know that this post won’t put an end to trolling. All the advice we get is to ‘ignore it’ and ‘block the trolls’, sometimes it’s not that easy. Our hope is that this just reminds some of you to #BeKind x’
In another post they revealed a vile message sent to Chloe which called her ‘so ugly, annoying and jarring’ and said: ‘Can you just fall in the firepit and die’.
Vile: They also posted an example of one of the disgusting messages sent to Chloe by a troll
Serious matter: Love Island bosses insisted that abusive messages were ‘wholly unacceptable’ and they will be fully supporting contestants and their families in reporting such posts
Asked how she won her series of Love Island, Amber admitted: ‘I don’t know! I think it’s just because I was always honest and true to myself.
‘It wasn’t that I didn’t care, but I was unapologetically myself. I think people saw I was being honest and true to myself.’
Amber has teamed up with Kem Cetinay to host a six-part series, titled The Full Treatment, which focuses on mental health.
The former Love Island winner explained that The Full Treatment is ‘all about having open conversations.’
The project is part of ITV’s drive to address mental health in the wake of three suicides linked to its flagship show.
Time to talk: Amber will join Kem Cetinay to front a new six-part series, titled The Full Treatment, about mental health on ITV2
Tragic: The series is part of ITV’s drive to address mental health in the wake of three suicides linked to its flagship show Love Island (pictured late host Caroline Flack in 2019)
Devastating: Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, both took their own lives after appearing on the reality dating programme
Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, both took their own lives after appearing on the reality dating programme, while host Caroline Flack, 40, died by suicide in February last year – the day after hearing she would be prosecuted for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.
By sharing their stories and engaging in an open discussion about the things that can impact mental wellbeing, The Full Treatment aims to shine a spotlight on the struggles young people can face, with Kem, Amber and their special guests offering their tips on support and coping mechanisms.
ITV hope to be able to target its core audience of ITV2 viewers aged between 16-34-year-olds, to ensure younger people feel equipped to think about what helps them get through tough times, and make time for it.
Love Island has become known to attract trolls online, and many former Islanders have slammed the show, claiming they have suffered with mental health issues after taking part on it.
Stern reminder: Love Island bosses have warned viewers to ‘think before you post’ during the new series
Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2021 series
Pre-filming and filming
- Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
- Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
- Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
- Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
- Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
- Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
- A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.
- Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
- A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home.
- Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
- We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.