Love Island stars Alex Miller, Malin Andersson, Josh Denzel, Paul Knops, Callum MacLeod and Adam Collard have slammed the ITV2 dating show and said they had suicidal feelings after their appearances on it.
The islanders hit out at the show to The Ringer , while some claimed that show bosses treated them like 'performing monkeys’ in a bid to boost ratings.
The stars – who have appeared on different series of the show – have spoken out in the wake of the deaths of former stars Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
Alex Miller – who had a brief romance with Megan Barton Hanson on last year’s series – says he struggled when he left the villa and had to return to his construction job.
He said: "I never thought I would get into that mind frame. But I would be driving to work, contemplating ending things.
“Love Island producers got in touch and put me back in touch with a psychiatrist."
Love Island 2018 star Adam Collard claimed he was told to steal someone's girlfriend when he entered the villa, or else he would be dumped from the show.
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’."
The Newcastle native says he was warned about the bad press he'd get, but a show producer said it would do his career "a world of good" if he could "cope with this mentally".
2016 star Malin Andersson, who was close friends with Sophie Gradon, said: “We were like performing monkeys for them. I remember crying a bit.”
Josh Denzel, who appeared on last year's show, admitted that he struggled with negative comments after he dumped Georgia Steel for Kaz Crossley as part of that series’ Casa Amor twist.
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.”
However, other stars of the show have defended it and the aftercare they have received.
Olivia Buckland has said to Mail Online in the past: "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.
"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 Barton Hanson also spoke out in support of the show as she told The Sun: "When I came out of the villa ITV sat down with me and went through everything that had happened to make sure I was prepared.
"I don’t blame ITV for any of this – they’ve been amazing. They are in regular contact and whenever anything difficult happens they make an extra special effort to check in on you to see if you’re OK.
"I’ve got the number of the show’s psychologist in my phone and I know I can call her whenever I need to."
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