Love Island’s Rosie Williams left ‘on her own’ and says aftercare needs overhaul

Love Island star Rosie Williams has called on ITV bosses to change their aftercare procedures.

Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis tragically died after appearing on Love Island in 2016 and 2017 respectively, which has sparked calls for the ITV2 show to be pulled from the air.

Speaking on The Jeremy Vine Show during a discussion about The Jeremy Kyle Show being axed, Rosie said she was left "on her own" after six months.

The trained solicitor said she would have benefited from being made to see a psychologist to speak about her anxieties.

She doesn't believe Love Island should be cancelled, but does want the mental health of contestants to to be "properly considered" before and after the show.


Rosie said: "I feel the after care could be looked into a bit more. For me it took me about six to 12 months to fully adjust into this new lifestyle.

"I’ve been catapulted into a world where everyone knows who I am and this they can have an opinion on me.

"I feel if I was forced to see a psychologist every month I could benefit on speaking about my anxieties and my worries and work through them with her.

"A lot of people who are suffering from anxiety and mental health are the people who don’t actually talk about it willingly."


Rosie revealed she hasn't chosen to go back to being a solicitor yet and is still adjusting to her new life post-Love Island.

She told Jeremy: "As soon as you come out of this show, for the first six months you're complete busy. It’s great. It’s a new experience and you’re adapting to it and enjoying it.

"But as well, from six to 12 months, you’re sort of on your own. The new Love Island is coming on soon. You’re adjusting to normal life again, or the new norm as it would be. That's where your emotions will really test you."

Rosie admitted she was angry that Adam Collard , who put her through a "terrible time" in the villa, was "favoured" outside and given more work.

She backed the decision to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show after the death of guest Steve Dymond and believes it shows it is "being taken seriously".

Rosie said: "I think people are going to continue watching reality TV regardless of incidents linked to the show in general.

"I don’t think they should cancel Love Island. There’s a lot more going on than just the reality TV show.

"I just think the after care and analysis beforehand needs to be properly thought out and properly considered because it's down to the person themselves and whether they can cope with certain aspects of each show."

An insider told the Mirror that Love Island will definitely be back on ITV2 this summer.

After Mike's death in March, ITV announced it would be upping its care procedures to ensure Islanders felt safe and comfortable throughout filming and back in the UK.

Bosses have promised to offer therapy for every Islander, social media training and financial management for stars once they leave the villa.

*Jeremy Vine airs on Channel 5 at 9.15am

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