Love Island Has Announced Huge Changes To Its Aftercare Of Former Contestants

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Published 20.03.19
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In the wake of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis’ tragic passings, Love Island received staunch criticism from fans and former contestants alike for not doing enough for its stars once the series was over.

Dom Lever and Alex Beattie were among the most vocal, with Dom revealing:

“You get a psychological evaluation before and after you go on the show but hands down once you are done on the show you don’t get any support unless you’re number one.”

Meanwhile, Alex wrote: “This is what angers me the most mate! I feel so lucky as a man to have had a strong support network around me and a passion for something before love island. Which I could return to but in a different way. If the show is to carry on NEEDS TO have regular check ups on contestants.” (sic)

Representatives for the ITV2 show have dismissed claims they aren’t doing enough, though, saying they take the process “very seriously”.

Furthermore, it’s now been revealed that Love Island bosses will offer therapy, social media training and financial advice to all future contestants, ITV has said.

The said the show undertook a review six months ago to evaluate the aftercare it was providing and said it will now offer support to all contestants rather than just those who ask for it.

A statement from the show said:

“This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us. And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management.

“The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.”

What a great move this is.

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