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Iain Stirling SLAMS trolls who don’t cut Love Island stars any slack

Love Island narrator Iain Stirling has asked that viewers of the show ‘cut the stars a bit of slack’, rather than trolling them online.

The show is known to court negative remarks from the public, aimed at the stars, with the current series attracting death threats.

But speaking to Digital Spy magazine, Iain, 33, who provides the commentary for the show, said: ‘Cut them a bit of slack, and realise that they’re just on an entertainment show, for our entertainment. So enjoy Love Island, and love them.

Only human: Love Island narrator Iain Stirling has asked that viewers of the show ‘cut the stars a bit of slack’, rather than trolling them online

‘Some stuff can just be fun. That’s not being, you know, flippant. I think that’s important. I think it’s important that people should be told, “Just put this on for an hour. Be nosy. Be a little gossip. And have fun. Be nice. Don’t be horrible to anyone.”

‘I wish people could just engage with it in the way that I engage with it, as a bit of light-hearted fun, and remember that the people on the show are humans. They’re flawed like the rest of us.’

Iain is married to the show’s main presenter Laura Whitmore, with the couple welcoming a baby daughter this year.

Shocking: Love Island newcomer Chloe Burrows was subjected to death threats just three days into the new series of the ITV2 dating show airing

Shocking: Love Island newcomer Chloe Burrows was subjected to death threats just three days into the new series of the ITV2 dating show airing

On how being a father will affect the way he views the annual Love Island baby challenge – which sees the couples look after a plastic doll as if it were their child – he said: ‘I’ll just look at the plastic babies and think, “This is the easiest thing you’ll ever have to do. Grow up. It’s nothing. That is nothing.”

The full Iain Stirling interview can be read in Digital Spy magazine, available now exclusively on Apple News+

The full Iain Stirling interview can be read in Digital Spy magazine, available now exclusively on Apple News+

‘They’ve only got to do it for two nights. Try it for 18 years.’ 

Love Island’s Chloe Burrows was subjected to hundreds of vile death threats just three days into the new series of the ITV2 dating show airing.   

And former winner Amber Rose Gill, 23, has insisted that social media trolls are in ‘a negative headspace,’ as she discussed mental health with Richard Madeley, 65, and Susanna Reid, 50.

While appearing on Monday’s installment of GMB, the Newcastle-born beauty asserted that ‘it’s just a desperate cry for help,’ when people send abuse to others online. 

Asked whether she received death threats during her Love Island stint, Amber explained: ‘Whilst I was in there, what my family had to deal with… it was a lot.

‘You don’t have your phone, and by the time I got out I won and had a barrage of nice messages, so I missed all of the bad stuff.’ 

Truth: Amber Rose Gill, 23, has insisted that social media trolls are in 'a negative headspace,' as she discussed mental health on Monday's instalment of GMB

Truth: Amber Rose Gill, 23, has insisted that social media trolls are in ‘a negative headspace,’ as she discussed mental health on Monday’s instalment of GMB

Giving her thoughts on social media trolls, Amber asserted: ‘I think that they’re probably just in a negative headspace themselves and it’s just a desperate cry for help.’

She added that those who abuse reality stars online: ‘get far too invested in a show that’s just for entertainment purposes.’

Richard talked about how they can get away with it because of anonymity, explaining: ‘Social media creates a barrier to say what you want… I’m just glad that she [Chloe] doesn’t have to see that.’ 

Looking back: Asked whether she received death threats during her Love Island stint, Amber explained: 'Whilst I was in there, what my family had to deal with... it was a lot'

Looking back: Asked whether she received death threats during her Love Island stint, Amber explained: ‘Whilst I was in there, what my family had to deal with… it was a lot’

Seriously: She added that those who abuse reality stars online: 'get far too invested in a show that's just for entertainment purposes'

Seriously: She added that those who abuse reality stars online: ‘get far too invested in a show that’s just for entertainment purposes’

Last week, Chloe’s family shared a statement and example of an abuse message, writing: ‘We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we’ve had enough, after just 3 episodes.

‘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.

‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing? 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!’

Awful: It came after Love Island's late arrival Chloe was inundated with hundreds of vile death from online trolls (pictured on the show)

Awful: It came after Love Island’s late arrival Chloe was inundated with hundreds of vile death from online trolls (pictured on the show)

'Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?' Chloe's family and friends took to Instagram to beg viewers to be kind going forward with the reality show

‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?’ Chloe’s family and friends took to Instagram to beg viewers to be kind going forward with the reality show

They continued: ‘We understand the frustration surrounding @shannonsinghhh ‘s eviction – we feel it too! 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.’

Ending their plea, they wrote: ‘We are not naive. We know that this post won’t put an end to trolling. 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’ 

In another post they revealed a vile message sent to Chloe which called her ‘so ugly, annoying and jarring’ and said: ‘Can you just fall in the firepit and die’.

Vile: They also posted an example of one of the disgusting messages sent to Chloe by a troll

Vile: They also posted an example of one of the disgusting messages sent to Chloe by a troll

Serious matter: Love Island bosses insisted that abusive messages were 'wholly unacceptable' and they will be fully supporting contestants and their families in reporting such posts

Serious matter: Love Island bosses insisted that abusive messages were ‘wholly unacceptable’ and they will be fully supporting contestants and their families in reporting such posts

Asked how she won her series of Love Island, Amber admitted: ‘I don’t know! I think it’s just because I was always honest and true to myself.

‘It wasn’t that I didn’t care, but I was unapologetically myself. I think people saw I was being honest and true to myself.’

Amber has teamed up with Kem Cetinay to host a six-part series, titled The Full Treatment, which focuses on mental health.

The former Love Island winner explained that The Full Treatment is ‘all about having open conversations.’ 

The project is part of ITV’s drive to address mental health in the wake of three suicides linked to its flagship show.    

Time to talk: Amber will join Kem Cetinay to front a new six-part series, titled The Full Treatment, about mental health on ITV2

Time to talk: Amber and Kem will chat to a series of stars while giving them makeovers

Time to talk: Amber will join Kem Cetinay to front a new six-part series, titled The Full Treatment, about mental health on ITV2

Tragic: The series is part of ITV's drive to address mental health in the wake of three suicides linked to its flagship show Love Island (pictured late host Caroline Flack in 2019)

Tragic: The series is part of ITV’s drive to address mental health in the wake of three suicides linked to its flagship show Love Island (pictured late host Caroline Flack in 2019)

Heartbreaking: Sophie Gradon, 32, took her own life in 2018

Tragic: Mike, 26, died by suicide in March 2019 after taking part in Love Island in 2017

Devastating: Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, both took their own lives after appearing on the reality dating programme 

Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, both took their own lives after appearing on the reality dating programme, while host Caroline Flack, 40, died by suicide in February last year – the day after hearing she would be prosecuted for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27.  

By sharing their stories and engaging in an open discussion about the things that can impact mental wellbeing, The Full Treatment aims to shine a spotlight on the struggles young people can face, with Kem, Amber and their special guests offering their tips on support and coping mechanisms.

ITV hope to be able to target its core audience of ITV2 viewers aged between 16-34-year-olds, to ensure younger people feel equipped to think about what helps them get through tough times, and make time for it. 

Love Island has become known to attract trolls online, and many former Islanders have slammed the show, claiming they have suffered with mental health issues after taking part on it. 

Stern reminder: Love Island bosses have warned viewers to 'think before you post' during the new series

Stern reminder: Love Island bosses have warned viewers to ‘think before you post’ during the new series


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