The new season of Love Island has already seen twists and turns – with one major one being contestant Chloe Burrows entering the villa, choosing a boy to couple up with and subsequently sending Shannon Singh home. Whilst for the majority of viewers all this is little more than just an entertaining TV show that they take with a pinch of salt, unfortunately Chloe's social media accounts have since been targeted by trolls. Some have apparently even sent death threats.
After seeing nasty and threatening comments, both Love Island bosses and Chloe's friends and family urged kindness. However, Chloe's loved ones have now put a new joint statement out, saying they've had to get the authorities involved: "As the family and friends of Chloe, we would like to let you all know that we are extremely disappointed and saddened by the recent threats made towards Chloe.
"To receive death threats and see the malicious vitriol that exists online first-hand is incredibly distressing and we are apprehensive for Chloe to leave the villa and observe this herself."
It continued on to say that they're saddened that such behaviour seems to have been normalised by society, but that they're not going to allow that to continue.
"What saddens us the most is the fact that as a digital society we appear to have normalised this type of behaviour, accepting that 'these things happen'. This cannot continue," they write. "We must stand tall together and demand change from online platforms like Instagram, to safe guard our loved ones when they need it most."
They added that the Thames Valley Police were now involved and that they'd be doing their upmost to support the authorities with any investigations. "We will be doing everything in our power to protect Chloe and will support Thames Valley Police in their efforts to track down these perpetrators."
Evicted contestant Shannon has also spoken out against the online abuse being directed towards Chloe. While appearing on Good Morning Britain earlier today, she said, "I love everyone's support, I can't believe the support I've had [but]... it's a game show, you know she’s got a job to do. The fact she is receiving such horrible feedback from everyone, it's not really nice."
Shannon added, "Everyone needs to practice what they preach which is to be kind."
We hope that the trolls in question have taken note and released the error of their ways. There's never a need to send anybody online abuse.
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