Calum Best has called for Love Island bosses to pay more attention to islanders’ mental health.
Calum – who won Celebrity Love Island in 2006 – has claimed there is more bosses could be doing to tackle stresses that their contestants are going through, following the tragic death of his friend, 2016 star Sophie Gradon.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he said: “I think that realistically, without getting too full on – because it is just a reality show and a lot of people are having fun – but… a friend of mine passed recently, Sophie Gradon, and she did the show as well, and it really made me think that as much as fun as the show can be living on an island in sunshine, people need to make sure that people’s minds are right.
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“Whether that’s viewers or the people on the show, we need to make sure there is support and monitoring.”
Sophie is reported to have sadly died by suicide at the age of 32, after previously claiming that she “descended into quite a dark, dark place” following the trolling she received after leaving the villa.
She isn’t the only islander who has claimed to have been affected by the show, with Zara Holland also speaking out alleging that the dating programme left her “haunted” and “depressed”.
Sophie Gradon’s ex Ashley lenco says he and Sophie were “madly in love” as he shares a series of throwback snaps [Instagram/Ashley Ienco]
Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I changed as a person. I didn’t want to go out or socialise. I came out of Love Island and they didn’t contact me.
“I didn’t hear from anyone. Love Island called me for the first time in two years on Thursday to ask if I was OK. Funny they call me now when something terrible has happened.
“People applying need to know how serious things can be.”
Speaking to the publication, ITV claimed: “All islanders are offered psychological support before, during and after their stay in the villa, and in the event that a former Islander was struggling and came to us for help we would do our best to provide this.”
OK! Online have contacted ITV for further comment.
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