Reality television stars were left in shock after the death of Sophie Gradon on 20 June, who tragically passed away at the age of 32.
Now Jessica Shears and Dominic Lever have spoken out about the tragic death as they prepare to become the first Love Island couple to marry.
Speaking exclusively to OK! Magazine, Dom said: “It’s put everything into perspective.
“I don’t think trolls understand the consequences of what they’re writing. Reality TV stars get a lot of c**p.”
Jess continued: “Certain celebrities posted about Sophie and how they felt so deeply for her and then within a few days they were s**ging off Megan [Barton Hanson].”
Dom added that he would like to see reality show support groups introduced for former stars of Love Island and other shows of the same ilk, before Jess revealed that she wasn’t content with the aftercare she received.
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]
“I’d like to see support groups set up for when you leave reality shows,” Dom suggested.
“Or ever more support from the production companies. You’re told that you have access to help, but no one reaches out to you,” Jess added.
Jess’ comments come after claims that Love Island bosses panicked and began checking in on its former stars after the news of Sophie’s death.
A source said at the time: “They seemed panicked by the suggestion that they might not have looked after her. They quickly hit the phones to start checking on the others who have been on the show and ask how they are coping — even offering them support if they need it.
“Quite a few were pretty unimpressed. It came out of the blue and many of the ex-contestants feel that they were dropped very quickly after leaving the show,” the source ended.
However, Love Island 2018 babe Rosie Williams has defended the show’s aftercare, saying: “Love Island are really supportive before, during and after.
“They message me to see how I’m doing or if I need anything. They always say that they’re just a phone call away if I do need anything.”