Alex George defends Love Island over aftercare backlash as he opens up about needing therapy over trolls

Dr Alex says Love Island’s aftercare was ‘really good’ (Picture: Rex Features)

Former Love Islander Alex George has spoken out against claims the ITV show doesn’t provide adequate aftercare when contestants return to their normal lives.

And the NHS doctor said his experience with post-show treatment had been ‘really good’.

‘I can only talk from my experience with Love Island but we had analysis before being selected, we had psychologists, we had 24-hour support on the show,’ he said.

Rather than reality TV itself, Dr Alex believes social media and the amount of trolling aimed at reality stars are to blame for mental health issues experienced by those who have appeared on programmes such as Love Island.

‘It’s important to recognise that there is a bad side to fame,’ he continued to the Daily Star.

‘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. It is worse in this country than it’s ever been.’

Dr Alex went on to reveal he is still in therapy over the trolling he received after dumping fellow Islander Alexandra Cane on the show in 2018.

Dr Alex upset viewers when he dumped Alex on last year’s series of Love Island (Picture: ITV2)

Love Island has come under scrutiny for its aftercare procedures following the death of two former contestants – Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon – both of whom died by suicide.

In a statement following the loss of Mike, ITV said: ‘When the time comes for each Islander to leave the show, our aftercare process kicks in. Every Islander has a series of debrief meetings on location with the executive team and the medical team, including the psychological consultant.

‘After this, they are told how to access after care support as well as information on seeking professional representation. They also meet with the press team the day after leaving the villa and are briefed and advised on their press coverage whilst in the villa.’

The show’s support for contestants has since been independently evaluated by doctors and as a result the show will extend their care to all Islanders who leave the villa, not just those who ask for help.

Contestants will also now receive specialist training in financial and social media management.

Another ITV programme, The Jeremy Kyle Show, was recently cancelled following the death of a former guest, Steve Dymond, who died by suicide after failing a lie detector test on the show.

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