Love Island bosses respond to criticism about reality TV stars’ after-care

There are concerns following the suicide of a second contestant Mike Thalassitis

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The tragic death of Mike Thalassitis this weekend was confirmed as suicide by police yesterday.

This is the second case of a former Love Island contestant taking their own life after appearing on the ITV2 dating show.

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Mike died on Saturday (Credit: ITV)

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Following news of Mike’s passing at the age of 26, many reality TV celebrities spoke of their concerns for the mental health of their peers.

Dom Lever, who appeared on Love Island the same year as Mike, 2017, wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Dom wants to see more support for reality stars (Credit: ITV)

Dom’s wife Jess Shears, who appeared on the same run of the show, posted: “Shows offer you ‘support’ but realistically it’s only while you are in their care.

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Dom’s wife Jess agrees more needs to be done (Credit: Splash)

“Minute you get home and are no longer making them money it’s out of sight out of mind.

“There should be ongoing support and also financial advice. Life after these shows isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

Malin Andersson, who appeared on the series in 2016, wrote a series of tweets. Her first read simply: “Wake up, Love Island.”

Malin Andersson
Malin has faced tough times since Love Island (Credit: Instagram)

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Malin went on to to say that she had received flowers from producers of the show when her mum died but no phone call.

She added that no support was given when her co-star Sophie Gradon took her own life in June last year, and that something needs to change.

Kady McDermott, who has appeared on both Love Island and The Only Way Is Essex, shared: “Hopefully going forward reality shows will help more with the aftermath of being on one, because I can say it definitely didn’t happen after my series when lots of us needed it.

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Kady hopes a change is afoot (Credit: Splash)

“People’s lives change overnight and no one can mentally be prepared for it. The good and the bad.”

A spokesperson for Love Island, which is presented by Caroline Flack, has issued a statement to Mail Online, explaining their policy of support for contestants on their show.

Love Island's Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack is host of Love Island (Credit: ITV)

It reads: “Care for our Islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show.

“We ensure that all of our Contributors are able to access psychological support before, during and after appearing on the show.

“The programme will always provide ongoing support when needed and where appropriate.

“We also discuss at length with all of our Islanders, before and after the show, how their lives might change and they have access to support and advice to help with this.”

Following the news of Mike’s death on Saturday, ITV said: “Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.”

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