'Love Island' stars slam show after Mike Thalassitis’ death saying they are abandoned once series ends
The 26-year-old reality star was found dead after he reportedly hanged himself in the woods near his Essex home Friday, March 15.
'Love Island' star Mike Thalassitis' death has started a conversation around reality stars on the show and the aftermath of instant fame they acquire including lack of support from the show once they are out. The 26-year-old reality star was found dead after he reportedly hanged himself in the woods near his Essex home on Friday, March 15.
"You get a psychological evaluation before and after you go on the show but hands down once you are done on the show you don't get any support unless you're number one," tweeted former 'Love Island' co-star Dom Lever upon hearing the news.
He also added, "me and @MikeThalassitis may not have seen eye to eye but he was a top guy."
Former 'Love Island' star Malin Andersson, who lost her newborn daughter earlier this year, tweeted, "If I didn’t have a strong head on me that my mum passed down to me, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with this all."
In a series of tweets, she added, "Nothing when my mum died. Nothing when Sophie died. Change needs to happen."
"I got flowers from the producers when my daughter died. No fucking phone call. No support, or help," she said before firing at the show saying "WAKE UP @LoveIsland !!!!"
Actress Sheridan Smith echoed similar emotions at the news. She paid her tributes to Thalassitis and said on Twitter, "This should be a massive wake up call, I feel sick, reach out, sometimes to the most confident friend we can only learn & try to change."
Reality star Lauryn Goodman also weighed in on the conversation saying, "Hopefully going forward reality shows will help more with the aftermath of being on one because I can say it definitely didn't happen after my series when lots of us needed it. Peoples lives change over night and no one can mentally be prepared for it. The good and the bad." She had appeared on 'Big Brother's Bits on the Side' in 2015.
Best known by his nickname Muggy Mike, Thalassitis was a former League Two footballer who found fame on the ITV2 dating show. His death comes just months after one of his best friends, Danny Cutts, passed away in December. He was on the third season of the reality show 'Love Island'.
'Love Island' stated in a tweet, that "everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends."
The news of Mike's death comes after another shocking death from the show's cast - that of 32-year-old Sophie Gradon. While the cause of death has still not been determined since the star's passing in June 2018, she did open up about the pressure she went through during her time on the show.
"It was the most stressed/anxious/f***ed up I've ever been in my life!" she reportedly told a fan when asked if she would go back to the famous 'Love Island' villa.