Love Island have released a statement regarding the emotional welfare care available to contestants, as fans of the show grow increasingly concerned for housemate Lucie Donlan’s wellbeing.
The model and surfer was seen breaking down in tears last night, as her partner Joe Garratt was booted from the villa. Lucie has been consistently upset throughout the show, facing issues in her friendships and romantic relationship.
More than 300 complaints have been made to Ofcom in recent days relating to how Lucie has been treated.
Love Island released a statement in response to the concern: “We take the emotional well-being of all the islanders extremely seriously.”
“We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset.”
“All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa.”
“This means islanders are always able to reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need.”
“We will of course continue to monitor all of our islanders in line with our robust protocols. Love Island holds a mirror up to relationships and all the different dynamics that go with them.”
Viewers have been critical of Lucie’s treatment, as Women’s Aid released a statement warning against the behavior Joe displayed in the villa.