Love Island bosses deny responsibility for Amy’s heartbreak over Maura and Curtis… as air hostess QUITS the show
Love Island bosses have rubbished claims they ‘allowed’ Maura to crack on with Curtis, leaving his ex Amy heartbroken before she quit the villa.
According to The Sun, Amy was left distraught after show bosses ‘made romance happen’ between dancer Curtis, 23, and Maura, 28.
But show bosses slammed the reports, saying relationships formed in the villa are completely organic.
Fury: Love Island bosses have rubbished claims they ‘allowed’ Maura to crack on with Curtis, leaving his ex Amy heartbroken before she quit the villa
New romance: According to The Sun , Amy was left distraught after show bosses ‘made romance happen’ between dancer Curtis, 23, and Maura, 28
A Love Island spokesman said: ‘This is untrue. The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.’
Air hostess Amy, 26, quit the villa on Monday after finding the prospect of Curtis moving on too difficult to handle, with her exit set to be shown on Tuesday’s show.
A source had told The Sun: ‘Amy was utterly distraught when Curtis ended their relationship but her emotions were really put through the mill when Maura hooked up with him.
‘The fact show bosses made it happen is tough for her to take as they clearly weren’t fussed about her feelings.’
Not to be: But show bosses slammed the reports, saying relationships formed in the villa are completely organic
However, a source told MailOnline: ‘Maura has revealed she has had her eye on Curtis since she first entered the villa but didn’t want to step on toes and make a move when he was still in a half-relationship with Amy.
‘She has since opened up in the villa about her feelings for him and her desire to see whether a romance might flourish between them.’
Amy has faced a tough time in the villa after she fell for Curtis, who she confessed was her ‘first love’, before he dumped her and left her ‘heartbroken’.
Tuesday night’s episode sees the group choosing between the two couplesafter they were deemed the least popular of the Islanders.
Molly whispers to Tommy, who entered the show with Curtis as a bombshell, said: ‘You’re best friends with Curtis but we do need to think about both couples’.
Despite having her sights set on Curtis, Maura seems more concerned about awkwardness in the villa than her own romantic status. She said: ‘Obviously Curtis and Amy, they can’t be living in the same place together, it’s awkward’.
New romance? A Love Island spokesman said: ‘This is untrue. The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves’
While her co-stars hashed out their decision, heartbroken Amy was seen crying in scenes that appear to point towards the end of her time on the villa.
A post on the official Love Island Twitter account saw the video shared along with the quote: ‘The villa is ripped apart as the Islanders are forced to choose between dumping Lucie and George or Amy and Curtis.’
Elsewhere, bosses will reportedly air her emotional exit from the show on Tuesday night to ensure viewers see it was her decision to walk.
This comes as six former Love Island stars have heaped criticism on Love Island bosses, with one revealing he felt ‘suicidal’ after leaving the show.
Malin Andersson, 26, Josh Denzel, 26, and Adam Collard, 22, have all spoken out alongside this year’s Islander, Callum MacLeod, 28, as well as Paul Knops, 31, and Alex Miller, 28.
They claim that bosses were ‘pulling the strings behind the scenes which left them feeling depressed.’
Smile: Air hostess Amy, 26, quit the villa on Monday after finding the prospect of Curtis moving on too difficult to handle, with her exit set to be shown on Tuesday’s show
Their claims come after Love Island bosses revealed they had evolved their aftercare processes following the tragic deaths of Mike Thalassitis, who died aged 26 and Sophie Gradon, who passed away aged 32.
Malin appeared on the show on the same year as Sophie and claimed to The Ringer that bosses orchestrated the main events on the show.
She said: ‘We were like performing monkeys for them. I remember crying a bit.’
Josh Denzel, who appeared on last year’s show, admitted struggled with negative comments online after he dumped Georgia Steel for Kaz Crossley in Casa Amor.
He said: ‘I think as long as ITV are making a good TV show, they don’t care. If I’d left then I’d have been in a very, very bad situation.’
Meanwhile, Adam Collard claimed he was told to steal someone’s girlfriend and become a bad boy figure, or be axed from the show.
In her sights: However, a source told MailOnline: ‘Maura has revealed she has had her eye on Curtis since she first entered the villa but didn’t want to step on toes and make a move when he was still in a half-relationship with Amy’
He said: ‘They interviewed me, they knew my personality, and then they put me in the villa and said, “You’ve got 48 hours [to steal someone’s girl], otherwise you’re gone”.’
He claims he was told he would get a lot of bad press but if he could cope with this mentally it would do his career a world of good.
Alex Miller entered the show in Casa Amor in series four and had a short romance with Megan Barton Hanson, before leaving and returning to his construction job.
He said: ‘I would be driving to work, contemplating ending things. Love Island producers got in touch and put me back in touch with a psychiatrist.’
In contrast, it’s worth noting that Islanders have also spoken about how well bosses have looked after them in the past.
Alex previously told The Standard: ‘From a Love Island perspective probably about five months after I was out of the villa and it had all died down and I was in a bit of a dark place and partying too much, I did have a rant on here and one of the Love Island producers got in touch and put me back in touch with a psychiatrist.’
Olivia Buckland, who appeared on the second series told MailOnline: ‘I was in constant contact with the producers for a very long time.
She said: ‘I got offered psychological tests when I got out. I got offered counselling when I got out. I got a list of agencies. Honestly, they really did look after me, and Alex.
Feelings: Malin Andersson, (pictured), Josh Denzel and Adam Collard recently joined forces with three other ex Love Island stars to accuse bosses of making them ‘feel depressed’
Troubled: Josh Denzel, from last year’s show, struggled with negative comments online after he dumped Georgia Steel for Kaz Crossley in Casa Amor
Bold words: Meanwhile, Adam Collard claimed he was told to steal someone’s girlfriend and become a bad boy figure, or be axed from the show
LOVE ISLAND’S AFTERCARE PROCESSES IN FULL…
ITV outlined their duty of care processes ahead of the series 5 debut of ITV2’s Love Island
The production team have continued to evolve their processes with each series, as the show’s popularity has risen and the social and media attention on Islanders has increased. The key changes this year are – enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package which extends our support to all Islanders following their participation.
Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said: ‘We’re very excited that Love Island is back for another series. It is the nation’s favourite dating show and we have a fabulous new cast of young singles all looking for love and ready for a summer of romance in the iconic Love Island villa.
‘The format of the new series will be familiar to Love Island viewers and we can’t wait to see how the new Islanders take to life in the villa and how relationships blossom. We hope that viewers will be hooked as they watch these young singles fall in love – hopefully it will be a summer to remember for both the Islanders and our viewers.
‘Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the ‘public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.
‘Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.’
The information below is an update of what we published in March this year.
Eight months ago the Love Island team engaged eminent physician and a former Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield who has extensive experience in the area of mental health, to independently review and work with us to evolve and enhance our processes and oversee our duty of care.
Dr Litchfield CBE said: ‘I have reviewed Love Island’s duty of care processes from end to end and they show a degree of diligence that demonstrates the seriousness with which this is taken by the production team.
‘The processes and the support offered to Islanders have necessarily evolved as the show has developed and grown in popularity. The aim throughout has been to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage so that necessary adjustments can be made or potential Islanders can be advised that the show is not right for them. A high level of professional expertise has been engaged to provide comprehensive support not only while young people are actively engaged with the show but also for an extended period when they are adjusting to life thereafter. Professional input is a key element in safeguarding the wellbeing of Islanders but the genuine caring attitudes I have observed from those who make the show are as important.’
The duty of care process for series 5 includes:
Pre Filming and Filming
– Psychological consultant engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
– Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and discussion with each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
– Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any relevant medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
– Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
– Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
– Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
– A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.
– Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
– A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be provided to each Islander when they return home.
– Proactive contact with islanders for a period of 14 months up until the end of the next series. This means contact with the Islander will last for 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
– We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.
‘They always checked in with us, and I’m still good friends with them now. Love Island is there for you if you need them.’
Megan, who appeared on the show the same year as Alex Miller, previously told The Sun she had a good experience.
Insiders revealed to The Sun that the show is set to be ‘an emotional watch’ as Amy departs following her cruel dumping by Curtis.
Pain: Alex Miller entered the show in series four and had a short romance with Megan Barton Hanson, before leaving and returning to his construction job and admitted to feeling suicidal
Different view: Olivia Buckland, who appeared on the second series told MailOnline: ‘I got offered psychological tests when I got out. I got offered counselling when I got out’
Sources stated: ‘Bosses want viewers to see what was behind Amy’s decision to walk. She’s not had an easy journey over the last week and they think it’s important for people to see what the final straw was for Amy.’
The emotional scenes will air amid Maura’s determined approach to couple up with Curtis after alleging she always had her sights on the dancer, who had insisted he was exclusive and Amy’s ‘half-boyfriend’.
The insider went on: ‘It’s going to be a really emotional watch but they aren’t going to gloss over it because she’s been such a big part of the show this year…
‘It’ll also be interesting for everyone to see the aftermath of her decision – in particular how Curtis will react to the news.’
Loss: Former contestant Mike Thalassitis was found dead near his Edmonton home aged 26 in March
Tragic: Sophie Gradon who took part in the 2016 series of the show, was found dead at her parents’ home in June 2018
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