In the latest Love Island 2021 news, Sophie Gradon’s mom has called for the popular ITV2 series to be canceled and said this year’s contestants should “walk away.”
Her daughter Sophie was a Love Island second series contestant who tragically ended her life at just 32 years old.
Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong ended his own life just 20 days after hers.
Her mother Deborah has spoken out against the show repeatedly. She also warned against signing up for it.
Now she’s met Shirley, the mother of Mike Thalassitis, for an emotional dinner.
What happened to Mike Thalassitis?
Mike took part in the third series of Love Island and ended his life at the age of only 26.
According to a report in The mirrorDeborah said to Shirley, “How many parents can say they lost a daughter to suicide? Not many people can really understand this pain. “
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Meanwhile, Shirley said, “It’s such a comfort to meet you.”
Deborah went on to say that it was a “shame” that Love Island continued to air.
She claimed, “It is a shame they are allowed to bring it back after the suicide of three adored, precious people with ties to the show.”
On top of that, she added about the contestants, “They don’t understand how much the overnight fame and trolling can affect them. You should leave before it’s too late. “
What happened to Caroline Flack?
Additionally, the show’s former host Caroline Flack committed suicide in February 2020 at the age of 40.
She was dismissed from her role as host of Love Island after being charged with assault.
However, despite all this immense tragedy, ITV insists that all Love Island attendees receive the utmost care now.
ITV said in a statement, “The well-being and duty of care to our contributors is always our primary concern.
“And we have taken extensive measures to support the islanders before, during and after participating.
“We have evolved our process with each series as the level of social media and media attention around the islanders has increased.
“This includes improved psychological support and more detailed discussions with potential islanders about the effects of participating in the show.
“Tailor-made training for all islanders on social media and a proactive aftercare package.”
In the meantime, this year participants will also receive media training before entering the villa.
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In addition, they are offered specific support in dealing with Internet trolls.
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