Olivia Attwood Defends Love Island And Says It ‘Isn’t To Blame’ For Mike Thalassitis’ Death

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Former Love Island star Olivia Attwood has defended the show amid controversy over its care of contestants in the wake of Mike Thalassitis’s death.

Mike was found dead over the weekend, and in the aftermath of the tragic news the ITV2 show announced it will be changing its aftercare process after facing criticism from viewers and former cast members.

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.”

However, Attwood, Thalassitis’s fellow 2017 star, has said that the show is not to blame for his death, saying that the series “saved” her.

“People are angry and they want someone to blame,” she told The Sun. “Mike was in turmoil and a lot of his problems weren’t to do with Love Island at all.”

“It isn’t an aftercare situation but a “before care”. You need to be obligated to do a certain amount of therapy before going on Love Island to prepare you.”

Attwood also told the publication how being on the reality show had helped her to “find self-acceptance” during a “really tough time”.

She explained: “The year before I went on to Love Island I was on antidepressants and I had a really tough time.

“Love Island saved me. I got a lot of heat in the villa for the way I was but after I came out so many girls said how they related to me. I finally found this sense of self-acceptance that I never had before.”

This comes after it was revealed that MTV’s upcoming Ex on the Beach series will no longer air following the tragic passing of Thalassitis earlier this week.

In a statement to MailOnline, the channel said:

“We were very sad to hear the tragic news about Mike Thalassitis and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

“Last year, Mike took part in filming for the next series of Ex on the Beach, which was due to air on MTV later in the year. In light of the news of Mike’s death, we have decided not to broadcast the planned 10th season of the show.”

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