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Six Love Island stars have slammed the show, claiming it left them feeling "suicidal" after they were treated like "performing monkeys".

Malin Andersson, Josh Denzel, Paul Knops, Adam Collard, Callum MacLeod and Alex Miller have banded together to write a scathing letter accusing ITV producers of pulling strings behind the scenes.

The former reality show contestants claim they felt depressed and worried following their stints on the show, and they've decided to speak out following the suicides of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The deaths have sparked a huge debate regarding how Islanders were treated during their few weeks in the Spanish villa and the aftercare they received when they left.

Changes were made this year to the way the contestants were looked after once they were dumped from the show. ITV released a statement following Mike's suicide this year.

"Our duty of care is a continuous and ongoing process for each Islander. This follows three key stages; pre-filming, filming, and aftercare," they insisted.

"We work with both an independent GP and a psychological consultant to provide an assessment of the physical and mental health of each of the shortlisted cast members and their suitability for inclusion on the programme." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They continued:

"We have a medical team on location which includes a psychological consultant. They not only look after Islanders’ healthcare needs, but also monitor them to check that there are no emerging signs of any problems developing whilst they are in the villa.

"Additionally, several of our senior team, who monitor the cast around the clock, have been trained in mental health first aid." Six former Love Island stars have now spilled their true feelings on the series.

Alex Miller says he struggled to adjust to real life after his romance with Megan Barton-Hanson in the villa last year, telling The Ringer that he had suicidal thoughts after fame went cold and he had to return to his job in construction.

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"I never thought I would get into that mind frame. But I would be driving to work, contemplating ending things." Love Island bosses contacted a psychologist on his behalf after he opened up about these thoughts.

He 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."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Malin Andersson took part in the 2016 series alongside Sophie Gradon, but has faced tough circumstances since she left the show.

She accused bosses of orchestrating Love Island and claimed contestants are essentially "performing monkeys for them".

Adam Collard, who appeared on the show in 2017, claimed he was told he had to steal someone's girlfriend when he entered the villa.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"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’."

Adam was told that his career "a world of good" if he could "cope with this mentally" with the bad press that would come his way.

Callum MacLeod, who was the first of 2019's Islanders to be voted out of the show, spoke out to confirm that Islanders do get aftercare when they leave.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Callum said they were shown a video about trolling, which was created by former Islanders and detailed life on the outside.

Josh Denzel, from last year's series, said receiving cruel comments online was difficult to deal with. Friends who ran his account stopped posting online due to the hateful comments they read.

Paul Knops, from 2018's round-up, opened up about his anxiety;

He said: "You go through anxiety. It can be pretty stressful. And then you go back to your own home, and there’s no one really to talk to about what you’ve been through. It all comes down to dealing with stuff on your own, and not everyone’s great at that."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other Islanders have defended Love Island and the aftercare;

Olivia Buckland spoke to the Daily Mail about her time on season two: "I was in constant contact with the producers for a very long time. 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."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Megan Barton-Hanson told the 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," she emphasised.

"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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Alex George, who appeared in series four, told ITV News: "I can only talk about my own personal experience of course, and I’ve felt that when I’ve asked for help, I’ve received it."

Olivia Attwood (season three) wrote in her New! magazine column: "I think when you put yourself in a situation like this, it’s always a risk and you need to decide whether you’re strong enough to do it.

"I’ve been subject to a lot of negative comments from trolls in the past year, but the only point it really got to me was when I first came out," she added, referencing her thick skin developing.

Chris was elevated so much in the press, whereas I was a bit hated. It was a lot to deal with because I knew a side to Chris that no one else had seen. But even then ITV were so supportive to me."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She advised new Islanders to stay grounded;

"My advice to Islanders coming out is to brace yourself and keep as much normality as you possibly can because I always say to myself that this isn’t your real world. You’ve got to keep things in perspective.

"You were happy and existed before you went on TV, so you should be happy and exist after it all goes away."

Tom Powell, who took part in series two, told The Sun: "The show was crazy. But they took care of us. Anyone who says  otherwise is talking bulls**t."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"This morning Love Island called me and said I could call the psychologist who works for the show. They gave her new number. He was one of the first person to speak to us.

"After you leave the show you speak to the psychologist and you were always checking in with her. We had a lot of care after the show. They took great care of us," he assured.

Chris Hughes, who appeared on series three, spoke out on Victoria Derbyshire: "Before the show you see a psychologist, and after the show before you head back to the show you see a psychologist.

"In the series that I was in you spoke to somebody before, and they make sure you're fine, and during your time in the show, you can also speak to somebody," he said, defending reality television.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"And then afterwards before we flew home to the UK, still when we're within a duty of care from ITV, we have an opportunity to speak to somebody.

"We speak to them regardless, that's set in stone. So they can prepare you for what to expect when you land back in England. 

"One thing I will say is when I filmed another show with ITV, another reality show, mine and Olivia's, we were given support by a psychologist there for whenever we wanted it and me and Olivia spent hours separately and together speaking to her because they were worried about that side of things with us. It's obviously a massive help."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It sounds like mixed messages from former Love Island stars. On the one hand, if you're built with a thick skin or develop one, it seems the aftercare is sufficient.

On the other hand, certain contestants receive far more trolling than others, and work dries up for many, which can be majorly anxiety-inducing. 

Fans of the show are currently worried about Amy Hart, who has just voluntarily left this year's series after her brutal break-up with her first love; Curtis Pritchard. 

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Love Island star Adam Collard has made a career move that none of us *cough* saw coming. 

Yes, the Geordie is heading to…well, Geordie Shore.

The 23-year-old has been reportedly lined up to join Sam Gowland, another former Love Island star and the rest of the party-loving cast. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to The Sun, ''He is handsome, loves to party and will bring a new dimension to the house.''

They continued, ''Adam was approached about joining and after mulling it over is preparing to sign up.''

So while Adam is getting ready to get mortal and tash on, a new band of singletons are gearing up to enter the Love Island villa. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The series will kick off on June 3 so we don't have long to wait and we are EXCITED.

What drama will this batch of ripped, bikini-clad contestants bring?

Who will we be fancying?

Between that and Adam joining Geordie Shore, we might as well just stay glued our TV's.

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Last week, Zara McDermott took to social media to announce that she and her Love Island beau Adam Collard had split after six months. 

Her emotive text post via Instagram stories led many to believe that Adam had cheated on Zara during their time together.

'Sometimes in life, you just aren't enough for someone, no matter what you do for them or how much you try to be,' she wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'For everyone asking if I am okay, I dont know that I am. But I know that soon I will be.'

Adam Collard did not comment on the split, until he  appeared on This MornIng in an interview.

The 23-year-old confirmed the split, saying: 'We're not a couple…To me it’s just ran it’s course. It’s hard to get over that.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The reality TV star denied cheating, saying: 'It's really hard because it would be easy to get out of a relationship if someone had done anything wrong, but that's not the case.' 

'We're just not getting on right now and it's hard. She rang me on the way here and said good luck.'

Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer are now the only couple remaining from last summer's Love Island series. 

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It's the news that won't be surprising anyone.

We all know that Adam Collard and Zara McDermott called it a day but we didn't know all the sh*t that went down before they did.

It's been reported that Adam The Rat (as he will now be referred to as) spent a drunken night in a hotel with two women while he was still with Zara.

Shock, horror…not.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Adam had been out with fellow Love Island co-stars Jack Fincham and Sam Bird and a few women.

Adam begged for Zara’s forgiveness during furious rows over the betrayal, but a few days alter he cruelly dumped her BY TEXT.

According to The Sun, ''Understandably, Zara was angry and upset at Adam for staying over with two women he met on a drunken night out with Sam and Jack. She had it out with him and said it was completely disrespectful.''

It continued, ''He argued that nothing had happened but it was stupid of him to get into that situation. Over the weekend Adam was pictured with a girl on his arm at the end of a night out. Zara then got a text from Adam saying that he was ending things because the relationship wasn’t working.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple has been together for seven months and Zara is said to be devastated by Adam's behaviour.

His track record isn't great tbf – remember he acted in the villa with Kendall and then Rosie?

The 23-year-old is yet to comment publicly on the split but Zara announced it on Instagram with a heartfelt post.

She wrote, ''I am heartbroken to announce that Adam and I have parted ways. I love him very much and will always have a special place in my heart for him and our time spent together. I have tried so hard to be the best person I can possibly be and to make it work.''

She continued, ''Sometimes in life, you just aren’t enough for someone; no matter what do for them or how much you try to me. For everyone asking if I’m OK, I don’t know that I am. But I know that soon I will be. I will be strong and prove to myself that I can get through this."

We think she's had a lucky escape tbh. 

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So, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham are officially the last couple standing from  the 2018 edition of Love Island.

Today, Zara McDermott announced via her Instagram story that she and Adam Collard have parted ways. 

Writing a poignant post, Zara expressed feelings of not being 'enough' for her boyfriend of six months, despite trying to make the relationship work. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'I am heartbroken to announce that Adam and I have parted ways,' she wrote.

'I love him very much and will always have a special place in my heart for him & our time spent together.'

'I have tried so hard to be the best person I can possibly be and to make it work.' 

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She continued: 'Sometimes in life, you just aren't enough for someone, no matter what you do for them or how much you try to be.'

'For everyone asking if I am okay, I dont know that I am. But I know that soon I will be.'

'I will be strong anf prove to myself that I can get through this.

Reportedly, the couple have been in crisis talks about Adam's party-loving ways. 

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This is legit real.

Adam ''I'd be lying if I didn't say she was attractive'' Collard, of Love Island fame is selling an, er, personal item, of his on eBay.

A lock of his hair?

A sweaty t-shirt?

Eh, no – it's a used tissue.

HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD, we hear you ask.

Yes, is the answer. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Love Island co-star Sam Bird has explained to fans what is going on in a video with Adam.

Adam said, ''I think the world’s gone mad because this started as a joke on Saturday night and one of my friends has put on a used tissue by me and now the eBay bidding has gone up to £4,500. I don’t know if this is legit. What do you think Sam [Bird]?''

Sam said, ''Because I’m the one bidding on it.''

Adam also posted screenshots of the bidding war, writing, ''This is getting out of hand. Please don’t waste your money’ and ‘Someone’s surely joking here? Otherwise, the world’s gone mad.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A staggering 62 (insane) people have placed bids on the tissue on the product since it was listed at just £1.40 on the weekend.

It's described as ''Adam Collards Used Tissue. Condition is Used. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class.''

There are four days left in this exciting auction so be sure to bid…we know we sure as f*ck won't be.

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It might be their first Christmas together as a couple, but Adam Collard and Zara McDermott won't be spending it together.

The Love Island stars, who are one of three couples still remaining from the show, will be with their families on Christmas Day.

Zara confirmed that the pair had spoken about it and decided that it was best if they went to their hometowns for the day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 21-year-old told OK! online that, ''Because Adam’s family’s in Newcastle and my family are in Essex, I said to him I’m not fussed about him being with me for Christmas.''

She continued, ''Because I’m with him all the other time of the year, I think it’s important to be with our families. So I said to him, ‘if you want to spend time with your family and I’ll be with mine then we’ll just see each other on Boxing Day.’''

She added, ''I’m not fussed about him being with me on Christmas Day, it doesn't bother me.''

She went on to say that her birthday is the week before and she was happy if she spent that day with her 23-year-old boyfriend.

Zara also spoke about the upcoming Love Island Christmas reunion and how her friend Ellie Brown was feeling about coming face to face with her ex Charlie Brake.

Zara said, ''It will be the first time her and Charlie have spoken since they split. The thing with Ellie is she’s got absolutely nothing to be worried about, nothing to be concerned about.''

She continued, ''If he was to say anything to try and be nasty to her it would just completely backfire for him because everyone loves her, everyone knows she’s an amazing girl and knows that he’s just not a very nice person clearly. I think it’s gonna get a bit ugly if I’m honest.”

We LEGIT cannot wait. 

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Love Island drama is looking like it's set to keep us warm this autumn. 

With splits happening left, right and centre – Laura Anderson and Paul Knops followed by Jack Fowler and Laura Crane –  the latest pair reported to have called it a day were definitely not one we were expecting.

This years villain, Adam Collard and his gf Zara McDermott were hit with claims that they were no longer together. 

And boy, did they have a response. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So, Zara attended a PA on the weekend without Adam, who apparently was supposed to accompany her so people automatically assumed that the pair had called it quits.

And Zara was having none of it. 

She took to Instagram to hit back at the claims.

Sharing a video of her in bed with Adam, he said that he decided to go to the gym instead. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She said, ''we didn't have a joint PA – I had a PA and Adam said he might come if he fancies it – so I got his name put on the guest list just in case. But when the time came, he said he wanted to go to the gym and do some work instead. ‘That is all.’''

Ah, we can sleep at now now so. 

Apparently the couple are going from strength to strength with a friend evening saying, ''they're about to move in together and are really excited about the next chapter together.''

Well, they did get matching tats of each others initials and we all know that means true love. *cough*

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Love Island lothario Adam Collard caused havoc while in the villa with his women-hopping antics.

And now that he's been booted off the show, it doesn't look like anything's changed. 

The Geordie, 22, may have been declaring his love for fellow contestant Zara McDermott, 21, on Aftersun last night, but it looks like he still isn't completely over his former flame Rosie Williams, 26.

Adam and Rosie didn't get off to the smoothest of starts, with the hunk dumping Kendall Rae-Knight to recouple with the Welsh solicitor. 

However, things didn't last long between the pair after Zara entered the villa and immediately turned Adam's head.

We didn't see that one coming, said literally no-one. 

 

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It seemed like Adam and Zara were the Real Deal though, mainly due to the fact that he didn't seem interested in any new girls…probably because no new girls came in before she was kicked out of the villa. 

Cynical, us? Never.

However true love does exist everyone, because now that Adam and Zara are both out, they're posting loved up pics on Instagram, like the one below.

Who were we to judge?

 

I’ve already won..

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We were gobsmacked to hear the latest goss that he's been sneakily messaging Rosie behind Love-Of-His-Life Zara's back.

It just doesn't sound like him, does it?

According to The Mirror, "it just shows what a rat he is. Rosie cannot believe he's got in touch when he's been banging on about Zara."

A rep for Adam was quick to quash any whispers of a romantic reunion, stating that he was simply ''wishing her 'good luck' and with a view to 'staying friends'.'' Hmmm.

If we were Zara we wouldn't be going overboard with those romantic Insta snaps just yet….

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