Love Island’s Chloe hit with vile social media abuse as show issues statement

Love Island bosses have issued a statement responding to the social media abuse aimed at 2021 contestant Chloe.

Bombshell Chloe Burrows entered the villa just a few hours after the original 10 contestants stepped foot in the villa.

Chloe was tasked with coupling up with one of the five men in the villa, which sent one of the original women home.

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She picked Aaron Francis, 24, at the beginning of Wednesday night’s episode, leaving Shannon Singh, 22, single. Shannon was then sent packing.

The elimination sent shockwaves across the Mallorcan villa and viewers at home.

But in response to the episode, some viewers sent distasteful and abusive messages to Chloe’s social media accounts.

Chloe’s family, who are in charge of her social media while she is in the villa, revealed that she received death threats from viewers.

In an Instagram post, ITV and Love Island bosses said that the reactions from some viewers were “wholly unacceptable” and confirmed they would be “taking the matters extremely seriously”.

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They wrote: “We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all our cast and their friends and family members.

“Last night’s episode created strong reactions but some viewers’ posts were wholly unacceptable.

“We take these matters extremely seriously and will support cast members and their families in reporting such posts.

“We would once again urge all of our viewers to think before posting, and remember that our Islanders are people with feelings.”

Ahead of the show’s launch, ITV had previously reminded viewers to ‘think before posting’.

Former Love Island contestant Idris Virgo supported the message, commenting “#bekind guys [heart emoji] [hand raised emoji]”.

ITV had also previously revealed new protocols launched to protect contestants and their mental health following the tragic deaths of two former Love Island contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, as well as former host, Caroline Flack.

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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