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Hannah Elizabeth, who appeared on Love Island in 2015, has spoken out after the death of 2016 contestant Sophie Gradon.
Hannah, who got engaged to Jon Clark after they met on Love Island, opened up on the aftercare she received after appearing on the show amid reports that Sophie “took her own life”.
“Mental health is very close to my heart, going on the show… I think everyone experiences these trolls. I get it all the time – they all seem so young as well,” Hannah told the Daily Star.
“When you go on these shows, they do tests on you to see if you can handle it when you get out, but I don’t think anything prepares you for what you’re going to handle when you leave.”
The 28-year-old went on to explain how the Love Island team helped her for two weeks after she left the villa.
“It’s heartbreaking what’s happened to Sophie, I didn’t know her personally but I watch all of the series, she seemed such a lovely girl and I’m so sad it’s happened to her,” she said.
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]
“Once you come out of the villa, Love Island helps you for the first two weeks, but that’s it. Then we’re in the real world.”
Sophie Gradon’s Love Island co-stars have spoken out about the importance of mental health awareness as it has been reported that the star took her own life.
The 32 year old was found dead at her parents’ home on 20 June.
As speculation over the cause of her death circulated, her fellow islanders have taken to social media to speak about the issue.
Her ex girlfriend Katie Salmon exclusively told OK! Online: “I’m heartbroken and am disappointed in the support system, we still have much to do for mental health.”
Olivia Buckland posted to her Instagram story: “Trust me when I say mental is not f**king spoke about enough. For me, for Sophie, for my family and friends and strangers who suffer. We will not let mental health be a stigma.”
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