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Vicky Pattinson has cautioned fans of reality television shows such as Love Island against writing hateful comments online about individual contestants, emphasising that their words have direct consequences.

The TV star referenced the two suicides of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon following struggles with mental health, emphasising the fact that these television personalities are human.

The star has faced online vitriol as a result of her roles on Geordie Shore, Ex On The Beach and I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, so she has a level of empathy for those who essentially become famous overnight.


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Posting an image of the two former Love Island contestants to her Instagram, Vicky wrote;

"What do you see here?! Let me tell you what I see; two beautiful, charismatic, fun loving and young people who should have had the world at their feet and their whole lives ahead of them. Instead, they left this world all too soon not knowing just how loved they were."

"Now I haven’t managed to catch any of this year’s Love Island. I’ve barely been in the country since it started. But I still read the news, follow the fan accounts, and my group chats still go off every time it’s on… what I’m saying is it is impossible to avoid the reality TV juggernaut." Vicky continued.


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She added;

"I just want to say I think the show is great- and I’m friends with so many of the ex-Islanders who I love a lot. But today I made the mistake of reading some people’s comments on social media when I couldn’t sleep and I’m not going to lie I was both shocked and saddened by what I read."

Love Island bosses have stepped up mental health services for the contestants, and even cite 'mental health pressures' in the contract.

Vicky warns those who use social media to use caution, and remember that the contestants do read the hateful things written about themselves online;

"Regardless of who your favourite is on this show, who you ‘ship’, who you want to win, if you’re mad that someone’s left, or angry someone stayed, no matter what you actually may think or be saying in your group chat with your mates I urge you to be more mindful across social media."


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The show has come under immense scrutiny after two Islanders took their own lives when their time on the show ended, and the emphasis on body image or physical appearance can cause mental health stress.

"Have we not witnessed the detrimental and irreversible affect our thoughtless words and reckless opinions can have on someone’s mental health?! Why are people still attacking these islanders with such verbal vitriol?!" Vicky said.

"Do you know them personally?! Of course not! Have they done anything to warrant it?! No way. Are they human?! YES! These people are no different to you and me and they have feelings and these hateful comments with have ramifications we can’t even begin to understand."


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Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on Love Island 2017, was found dead in a woodland park near his London home in March. Questions arose about the show's aftercare following the 26-year-old's death.

32-year-old Sophie Gradon died in June of 2018 after struggling with depression. The former Miss Great Britain took part in the show in 2016. She was found dead by her boyfriend, who took his own life 20 days later.

She explained to a friend that she 'wanted to escape' and had 'sold her soul' to appear on the infamous ITV2 show.

Despite these deaths and warnings to be careful of what you write about reality stars online, Vicky pointed out that the hateful vitriol has continued.


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"It’s so ludicrous to me that after everything that’s happened this past year I’m still having to urge people to be kind but here we are. We have lost too many people and I know this isn’t confined to the world of reality TV." 

She added;

"Through the callous words of individuals, online hate and cyber bullying we are breaking people, destroying them and it has to stop. Think before you type. Your words have gravity.

"Please be better than this internet culture of hate. Do not allow it to breed. Be kind, be compassionate. Be human. Let’s put the ‘love’ back in Love Island for Sophie & Mike."

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Last night, Pete Davidson took to social media last night to publish an open letter to his haters and bullies. 

The comedian has kept his head down since splitting up with Thank u, next singer Ariana Grande but the SNL cast member has been hit with waves of abuse online. 

Ariana has today gone online to react to Pete's emotive statement. 


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Posting a screenshot of Pete's open letter, the Mean Girls fan added her own text: 

'I know u already know this but I feel I need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others,' she wrote.

'I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. I care deeply about Pete and his health. I’m asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet.'

Ariana reminded her followers that they 'truly don’t know what anybody is experiencing ever.'

She also said that she will always have a love for her former fiancee: 'I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you’ve gotten any other impression from my recent work, you might have missed the point.'

In his post, Pete detailed how low the bullying has brought him over the past 9 months. 


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'I've been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months,' he wrote. 

'I've spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don't want to be on this earth. I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won't.'




The haters are back again and have been more relentless than ever to former Googlebox star Scarlett Moffatt. We're sorry you have to deal with this, girl!

The poor actress had an emotional breakdown yesterday after incessant trollers insulted her on social media.

Scarlett appeared on the Love Island spin-off show, Aftersun, last night. During which her low-cut dress revealed a part of her bra while she spoke to the show’s host Caroline Flack.

People immediately took to Twitter to bash the I’m a Celeb winner’s appearance, starting with her bra and then moving on to her weight. There was no holding back as opinionated viewers began fat shaming the 28-year-old for her appearance, calling her ‘utterly revolting’.

Scarlett went home to see tweets judging her body and insulting the way she looked and could not believe the cruelty of women online. The reality TV personality revealed on social media that she cried her eyes out after reading the comments.

‘I’m honestly ashamed of some people on here. Hard to pretend I’m ok and be  a good role model to others about how it’s ok to just you,’ she wrote.

It is hard enough living with an insecurity, let alone when people publicly attack your appearance. However, fans quickly came to her defence after her post, advising her to ignore the nasty comments and to ‘keep shining’.

Love Island star Olivia Buckland also replied to Scarlett saying that she had received similar online treatment.

‘Babe I can feel this so much. Happened to me yesterday I broke down. From one strong lady to another; we’re better than that.[…] All I know is that you are better than words.’

Olivia’s fiancee, Alex Bowen, also vented about the way fat shamers were treating Liv, discrediting their remarks and calling her ‘unreal’.

‘Had liv crying in my arms this morning because of hurtful comments made by disgusting girls and elder women too […] no one should be made feel like that.’

Caroline Flack and Love Island narrator, Iain Stirling, stood by Scarlett’s side, reassuring her how ‘brilliant’ she was and dubbing her the ‘sweetest most approachable individual out there’.

Once again, people hide behind their computers to judge women in the spotlight, but we were happy to see others defending Scarlett and Liv.

Liv also tweeted a powerful message: ‘Lots preach for women in the public eye to be good role models and teach the love yourself motto; yet the parents of the kids they want us to influence are often the ones writing the hate.

‘Self love starts at home, at your heart and not at hate.’

Online bullying has become a serious issue, especially after the suspected suicide of Love Island star Sophie Gradon. The actress had recently addressed social media commentators who were relentless in their tormenting judgements about her looks.

We stand behind women everywhere who are verbally attacked and shamed online because of judgemental comments regarding their appearance.

It is so important to speak out and tell others how you’re feeling. Keep defending your friends and loved ones, encouragement can make all the difference.




"I can't even look." 

"Imagine waking up next to her in the morning." 

These are all real comments that YouTube vlogger Em Ford has received on videos and Instagram posts of her face, with and without make-up.

Em is the brains behind My Pale Skin, a YouTube channel and blog dedicated to all things beauty. She is also an acne sufferer, and over the years has always covered her face with heavy make-up to hide any blemishes.

Three months ago, Em began sharing images of herself without make-up on social media, not only to make her make-up tutorials more realistic but also to raise awareness of adult acne. While most comments on the posts were complimentary and hugely supportive, others were cruel and hurtful, as is too often the way on the internet.

In an effort to address the effects of online bullying and to show how "social media can set unrealistic expectations," Em put together an emotional video in the hope that it will help other victims of bullying to see that they are not alone.


In Em's own words: "You are beautiful – no matter how flawed you feel, no matter how upset you may about the way you look or how hard you find it to make friends, or be confident. Believe in yourself, and never let anyone tell you're not beautiful – not even yourself."