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Alex George defends Love Island’s aftercare practices for contestants

“It’s important to recognise that there is a bad side to fame"

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Love Island alum Dr Alex George has shared his experience with the aftercare practices of the show.

The aftercare has come under question following the suicides of two former Love Island contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

“I can only talk from my experience with Love Island,” he said.

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“But we had analysis before being selected, we had psychologists, we had 24-hour support on the show,” he said.

“In my experience the after care for me has been really good” he told The Daily Star.

However, the NHS doctor feels that fame and reality TV is not the worst cause of mental health issues.

“It’s important to recognise that there is a bad side to fame,” he said.

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“I get trolled a lot, people say horrible things about you, people judge your worth all the time on social media, whatever they believe that to be.

“Reality TV is not the cause of that. It’s part of a wider social issue.”

In a statement issued in March to Heart Online, ITV said that its after-care procedures are “continuous” for each Love Islander.

“Care for our Islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show.”