‘Love Island’ Defends Chloe Burrows, Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Death Threats

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Drama is already escalating to the max on the new season of Love Island. After the shocking elimination of Shannon Singh on Day 2 in the Villa, contestant Chloe Burrows has revealed she’s been receiving death threats because of the show. Taking to Burrows’s Instagram stories, her family and friends revealed that the reality star has been receiving “vile messages” and called for an end to the hate.

“We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we’ve had enough after just 3 episodes,” they began. “We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM encouraging Chloe to kill herself – there have been HUNDREDS.”

In the past few years, Love Island has struggled with death threats and suicides admist its growing popularity. Two contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, have died by suicide in the past three years. Caroline Flack, the original host of the show, also died by suicide, raising concerns about the reality show. Burrows’s family addressed this in their calls for the bullying to end.

“Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike, and Caroline taught us nothing?” they wrote. “Not only that, but people are flooding her inbox threatening to kill her themselves. People… this is a GAME show, there is a cash prize!”

Burrows’s family members addressed the anger surrounding Singh’s eviction, arguing that there was no need to send the contestant death threats over one move in the game.

“We understand the frustration surrounding [Singh’s] eviction – we feel it too!” they continued. “She didn’t deserve to leave so early but Chloe does not deserve to DIE because Shannon had to leave the villa! She will have had no idea of the repercussions of her decision prior to making it.”

Rounding out their posts, the family wrote that even this call to action probably wouldn’t work. Still, they hope that the post encourages folks to “be kind.”

“We are not naïve. We know that this post won’t put an end to trolling,” they concluded. “All the advice we get is to ‘ignore it’ and ‘block the trolls’, sometimes it’s not that easy. Our hope is that this just reminds some of you to #BeKind x”

After their Instagram stories circulated around the Love Island community, the reality TV show also defended Burrows in a statement posted to Instagram.

“We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all of our cast and their friends and family members,” the post says. “Last night’s episode created strong reactions but some viewers’ posts were wholly unacceptable. We take these matters extremely seriously and will support cast members and their families in reporting such posts.”

The Love Island statement concluded with a request for all fans to reflect before they post any hateful messages online.

“We would once again urge all of our viewers to think before posting,” the post reads, “and remember that our Islanders are people with feelings.”

And the reminder helped spur some Love Island fans into action, garnering an outpouring of support for Burrows on social media and slamming ITV for their lack of action. “[ITV] may talk the talk of #bekind but I see no action!” wrote one Twitter user. “I feel for @Chloe__Burrows”

Love Island Season 7 premieres on ITV in the UK, and will arrive on Hulu beginning on July 12. If you’re wondering where to watch Love Island in the United States, check out our handy guide.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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