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Love Island’s Coco Lodge tearfully hits out at cruel online trolls who slammed her for her looks

Coco Lodge has tearfully hit out at cruel internet trolls who taunted her over her looks after her fellow Love Island co-star Cheyanne Kerr shared a clip of the pair enjoying a holiday together in Ibiza.

Former Casa Amor bombshell Coco, 27, chose to stay in when the rest of her pals went out clubbing on the Spanish island during their trip, with the reality star opening up about her experience in a YouTube video posted on Thursday.

Coco says Cheyanne’s TikTok followers were quick to praise her in the clip but described Coco as ‘ugly’ and told her she looked like a ‘man’.

End of her tether: Coco Lodge has tearfully hit out at cruel internet trolls who taunted her over her looks

The television personality said: ‘Everyone’s gone out to Amnesia but after Ocean I was so, so tired and, to be honest, I read some comments on Cheyanne’s video that she posted of me and her on TikTok and I just honestly am just so sick of people trolling how I look or calling me a man, or whatever.

‘It’s actually gotten to the point where it’s just not fair and not right. 

‘Like, why am I going through a video, scrolling through all the comments and everyone is saying how beautiful my friend is but then putting me down in response to that, saying, “Oh my God, Cheyanne you’re beautiful, your figure’s amazing, Coco, who’s that man at the first part of the clip?” or, “Coco, you look so ugly,” or, “How did this girl get on Love Island?”

Upset: Former Casa Amor bombshell Coco, 27, chose to stay in when the rest of her pals went out clubbing on the Spanish island during their trip as she did not feel good about herself

Upset: Former Casa Amor bombshell Coco, 27, chose to stay in when the rest of her pals went out clubbing on the Spanish island during their trip as she did not feel good about herself

‘It’s not fair and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t want to go out tonight now because I feel like s**t about all these comments. It’s not fair.’

It comes after Coco appeared to criticise Love Island earlier this summer, claiming she wasn’t prewarned about trolls before bosses gave her phone back to her.

Appearing on the Capital Breakfast in July, Coco said she was subject to abuse from trolls about her appearance which took her aback.

Comparisons: Coco's fellow Love Island co-star Cheyanne Kerr shared a clip of the pair enjoying a holiday together in Ibiza, prompting fans to compare the girls' looks

Comparisons: Coco’s fellow Love Island co-star Cheyanne Kerr shared a clip of the pair enjoying a holiday together in Ibiza, prompting fans to compare the girls’ looks

Host Sian Welby said to her: ‘You’ve been getting some awful, awful trolling, horrific comments on your Instagram, on Twitter, I mean what was it like coming out of the villa and suddenly seeing all that?’

Coco replied: ‘I just didn’t expect it because I wasn’t prewarned, so when I got my phone back, it was literally on the way to the airport and I was reading all these comments about my appearance, and how I look and I was literally shocked.  

‘I know there was an article released of me at the airport and it was “Coco Lodge fuming when she sees the trolls comments” and I just think, I was upset, I wasn’t fuming, it hurt, it is what it is.’  

Not ready: It comes after Coco appeared to criticise Love Island earlier this summer, claiming she wasn't prewarned about trolls before bosses gave her phone back to her

Not ready: It comes after Coco appeared to criticise Love Island earlier this summer, claiming she wasn’t prewarned about trolls before bosses gave her phone back to her

A spokesperson for Love Island said all Islanders are given: ‘Training on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity.

‘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.

‘[They are given] a welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

‘[As well as] bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.’  

After Mike Thalassitis’s death in 2019, producers announced key changes to Islanders’ duty of care and said all would be able to access therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of ‘proactive’ contact.

The ITV show addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike and host Caroline Flack tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.

Love Island duty of care protocols in full 

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.

Aftercare 

  • 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.

 

Love Island: When did producers announce key changes to Islanders’ duty of care? 

After Mike Thalassitis’s death in 2019, producers announced key changes to Islanders’ duty of care and said all would be able to access therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of ‘proactive’ contact.

The ITV show addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike and host Caroline Flack tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.

Sophie, 32, took her own life back in June 2018 after appearing on season two of the show two years prior. Her heartbroken boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, took his own life just 20 days later.

Mike rose to fame on the third season of the show. The 26-year-old footballer tragically lost his life to suicide a year after Sophie in March 2019.

And in February 2020, the host of Love Island, Caroline, was found dead at her home after taking her own life, a day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in 2019.  

Following contestant Mike’s passing in 2019, ITV stated the team had ramped up the aftercare available to stars who appear on the show.

‘We are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare,’ creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said at the time.

‘We are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.’ 

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