Past Love Islanders Share What It's Really Like to Be a Contestant
Just like that, as of 28 June, the Love Island-shaped holes in our hearts were filled, and this year, more than ever, we've seen former Love Island contestants speaking out about their experiences on the show and how it's affected them. The discussion surrounding mental health and Love Island is one that's been debated at length in recent years, with ITV's duty-of-care standards coming under fire for lack of protection and support for show participants.
Love Island presenter Caroline Flack tragically died by suicide in 2020, a year after Mike Thalassitis's death by suicide in 2019 and Sophie Gradon's the previous year led many to call for producers to offer more support for those on the show and their families.
Last month, ahead of season seven, ITV released its duty-of-care protocols to the public, detailing welfare plans in place aiming to support Love Island participants before, during, and after filming. But many wonder whether it's enough — former contestants included.
Contestants who have actively spoken out about their experiences and given insight into what it's really like to be a contestant on the show include Olivia Attwood, Amber Rose Gill, Alex George, and, more recently, Niall Aslam. Read on to hear them share the good and the bad about the Love Island experience.