Love Island star Georgia Steel subjected to ‘vile threats’ online | Ents & Arts News
Love Island: All Stars contestant Georgia Steel has been subjected to “vile threats” and “hate” on social media in recent days, according to a statement shared on her official Instagram.
In the current series, located in South Africa and featuring stars from the previous 10 seasons, the 25-year-old has appeared to be confused over her feelings for three fellow islanders – Toby Aromolaran, Callum Jones, and Tom Clare.
In a recent episode of the ITV2 show, several clips were shown to the entire villa, including footage of Steel’s conversations with the three men. Over the past few days, there has been criticism directed at the influencer online.
Following the backlash, Love Island viewers have been reminded that the show is “not real life”.
“The last few episodes have been difficult for us to watch, but what’s far worse is the hate Georgia is receiving online,” a statement posted to her 1.6m followers on Instagram said.
“It is a TV show and everyone has their opinions, please remember it’s not real life!”
‘Georgia is a daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend’
The statement went on to say that “hurtful” comments are having an impact on Steel’s loved ones as well as the star herself.
“Sending vile threats and nasty messages and comments is totally unacceptable,” it said. “Trolling is not OK.
“Georgia is a daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, and these hurtful comments will not only devastate her when she leaves the villa but also deeply hurt those around her.”
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The statement also thanked those who have sent supportive messages and shown kindness, adding: “We see you and we thank you.”
A second post simply read: “There is power in kindness.”
Steel originally appeared in series four of the reality show, which was won by Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham.
Why has the social media ban been lifted?
This is not the first time Love Island viewers have been urged to think about their comments before posting online.
In 2021, the family of contestant Chloe Burrows revealed she had received “vile” abuse and death threats after just three days in the villa, and urged viewers to “be kind”.
Later that year, another former contestant, Amy Hart, addressed the realities of the online abuse she has suffered following her time on the show at an inquiry by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Last year, producers revealed a ban on social media for contestants while in the villa, to shield them from potential abuse as part of updated duty of care procedures. This meant that family members or friends could not keep their accounts updated on their behalf during their time on the show.
However, the ban has been lifted for this series. According to a show insider, it was felt this season’s islanders would be able to handle the potential negative aspects of social media as they have already experienced life in the spotlight and have management advising them.
An ITV spokesperson said: “We would always urge our viewers to be kind when engaging in social media conversations about our islanders, and to remember that they are real people with feelings.”