Former Love Island star Rykard Jenkins shares tips about dealing with fame ahead of series 5

Rykard appeared on series two of the show (Picture: @rykardjenkins/ITV)

Love Island is set to return to TV screens on 3 June despite some controversy following the death of Mike Thalassatis, and fellow former contestant Rykard Jenkins has decided to share some much-needed advice with future participants of the show.

The British television personality appeared in the Love Island villa back in 2016 for series 2 of the show, and he has offered sage words to newbies.

Taking to Twitter, he instructed to-be- Love Islanders on what to do after the show: ‘DO NOT RUSH INTO ANYTHING.

‘Don’t rush with management, PA’s, collaborations, interviews, tv appearances.

‘Please take a week or two off with your family and friends.’

He went on to talk about social media, and how that will change afterwards, explaining: ‘Your social media’s will bow up regardless so take time to think about what you want to do? Go back to work? Or start working in a new industry?’

He added: ‘There’s no wrong path, but just think about it & don’t rush because 90% of us have been taken advantage of!’

Finally, he told people to ‘enjoy themselves’.

He wrote: ‘The best part of Loveisland is actually being in that villa with everyone! Looking forward to seeing all the madness.[sic].’

The Kent native’s words come as ex-Love Islander Zara Holland called on the show to be axed after The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled following the death of a guest.

Rykard warned people to be careful not to be taken advantage of (Picture: Rex)

Speaking to Daily Mail, the 23-year-old said: ‘There have already been two suicides in three series.

‘Jeremy Kyle’s been on for 14 years, but they’re axing it after one suicide.

‘How can they contradict themselves by taking one show off and not the other? Am I angry? Absolutely fuming. I was only 20.’

She went on to say that during her stint on the show, she was ‘brainwashed.’

Zara wants to do away with the show (Picture: ITV)

‘You think you’re on a summer holiday and you might find love, but you are in a posh prison where you don’t know what time it is and a voice in a wall tells you what to do. I honestly believe I was brainwashed.’

The show is facing criticism despite its renewal. Sophie Gradon was the first Love Island contestant to die by suicide in 2018, two years after appearing on the second series of the show.

Earlier this year Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on the show’s third season, also died by suicide after his body was found in a forest near his home.

The deaths have thrown the show’s aftercare procedures and mental health evaluations into question, with ITV ensuring viewers that contestants are briefed on how to access help should they need it.

In response to Zara’s claims, ITV have issued the following statement: ‘Zara has spoken to the production team regularly since leaving the villa and has recently been in contact to put forward suggestions for cast for this year’s series.

‘Prior to going on the show Zara like the other Islanders were given medical appraisals that included psychological assessments.

‘The opinions the Islanders have, decisions they make and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.

‘It is always our intention to produce a show that is a fair and accurate representation of life in the villa.’

So far the only Love Island contestant to be confirmed is Curtis Pritchard, the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard.

Love Island returns 3 June.

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