Love Island’s Shannon Singh hasn’t even been into the villa yet – but she is already getting vile racist abuse online.
The 22-year-old Scottish model and former glamour girl shared the horrible experience before heading into the famous Majorcan villa on Monday.
She said she was racially abused as she hosted a live stream promoting the ITV show.
Shannon told the Daily Star : “I did a live stream on social media and got trolled – being called racist remarks and loads of stuff.
“Social media has given people a voice and it’s not necessarily a nice one.
“Sometimes I’ll roll out of bed and be in a good mood and I won’t let it affect me. But obviously I have days when I get out of bed and read something and I want to react.”
Ahead of the series launch on Monday, ITV has announced new duty of care protocols they’ve put in place to support contestants before, during, and after their time on the hit dating show.
The new duty of care protocols come after there were calls for increased support for the cast after two former islanders – Sophie Gradon from series two and Mike Thalassitis from series three – took their own lives years after appearing on the show.
The protocols have been introduced as part of a collaboration between former Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield and Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist Dr Matthew Gould.
This year’s Love Island contestants will be offered a ‘minimum of eight therapy sessions’.
They will also get social media training, and will be given support in dealing with online trolling as well as support in financial matters after the show.
Love Island launches on Monday June 28 and 9pm on ITV2.
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