Love Island’s Dani Dyer speaks out on ‘absolutely devastating’ death of Mike Thalassitis
Dani Dyer has spoken out on the ‘absolutely devastating’ death of Mike Thalassitis
Dani’s fellow Love Island star Mike died earlier this month, aged just 26.
Appearing in tonight’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV at 9:45PM, Dani shares her condolences for Mike and her experience of after care since coming off the show.
She tells Jonathan: “I think firstly, the Mike thing was absolutely devastating for everyone, I think it was such a shock because you never expect someone so young to take their life and it is absolutely devastating and my heart does go out to Mike and his family and friends.
“It is tough going from literally being no one to then all of a sudden overnight coming out and being someone, it is difficult, you go from one extreme to the other and it’s sad that it ended that way. Personally for me I’ve always had a relationship with the producers, they’ve always been a phone call away.”
She continued: “And I know from the other Islanders because we have had struggles, we’ve had moments where we’re like ‘I’m struggling, this is really tough now’…”
Dani went on to speak about receiving hateful comments online.
“People can be so unkind, things that I would never dream of saying to people, they really hurt so much. There could be a thousand nice comments and then someone says something really mean and it does hurt.
“It is so tough, it really is and you’re walking around and everyone knows who you are a little bit and you get a bit of anxiety. But we all try and keep together and I’ve always had a really good friendship with the producers, I think the best thing is to always be open and to talk about how you are feeling.”
Dani insisted that the show provided access to help and support.
“I have 100 per cent had that fully… ” she says, “Before you go in Love Island you do have all that, you do go through tests, you go through loads and loads of tests. You have an STI test!…
“All the other proper serious tests, all that is done and afterwards. Even when I came out of Love Island, I’ve got [the show psychologist’s] number and she said ‘Please ring me whenever’ so I did feel like I had that.”
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