ITV condemned the death threats made to Chloe Burrows of Love Island, calling them “wholly unacceptable.”
Burrows decided to recouple and Aaron Francis on Wednesday night’s show leaving Shannon Singh alone.
Shannon left the dating program, and people threatened Burrows online. Some even encouraged Burrows to commit suicide.
In an Instagram message, the family of the 25-year old described the trolling as “absolutely distasteful”.
They wrote, “This morning we were woken up to yet another DM [direct messages] encouraging Chloe suicide – there have been many,”
“People are flooding her inbox, threatening to kill me,” she said. This is a game show. There is a cash prize!
Although the family acknowledged their frustration at Singh’s expulsion, they said that Burrows, a Bicester resident, “doesn’t deserve to die.”
“Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike, Caroline taught us anything?” They also spoke of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, as well as ex-host Caroline Flack.
They all committed suicide although they were not connected to the show or social-media trolling.
ITV posted a Twitter statement stating that they wanted Love Island to be positive for its cast, their families and friends.
“Last night’s episode drew strong reactions, but some viewers were unsatisfied with the content.”
It said: “We take these issues extremely seriously and will support cast member and their families in reporting such postings.
“We urge everyone to think before they post, and remember that Islanders are people with feelings.”
After an 18-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Love Island was back on screens Monday.
ITV has published the duty of care protocols in advance of the new series. Contestants will receive “comprehensive psychological support” upon their return to the island.
These include therapy sessions, financial management training, and “how to deal with potential negativity” through social media.