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Sophie Gradon's Love Island co-star says more reality TV aftercare is needed

Malin discussed the ‘downsides of reality TV.’

THE UNTIMELY DEATH of former Love Island star, Sophie Gradon, sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry yesterday.

Sophie Gradon death Source: Hugh Macknight/PA Images

The 32-year-old, who appeared on the show in 2016 and made history by being part of the show’s first same-sex coupling, was found dead on Wednesday.

Tributes have flooded in for the former Miss Great Britain, with fellow reality television stars honouring the friendships they established with the Newcastle native in recent years.

Sophie, who was vocal when it came to her personal struggles with anxiety, recently advised those with similar conditions against applying to the show given the intensity of the experience.

And in the days that have followed Sophie’s passing, her former Love Island co-star, Malin Andersson, asserted that post-show aftercare is vital.

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Malin, who maintained a friendship with Sophie after the culmination of their Love Island experience, gave an insight into the ‘downsides of reality TV.

Speaking to Newsbeat, Malin said:

There just needs to be more done about it and a lot more aftercare provided by certain reality TV shows.

Malin argued that repercussions born of entering into the reality TV industry are not discussed as extensively as they should be.

It’s like you’re constantly reaching for some kind of high and when work dies down and things go quiet you’re constantly trying to chase it – and that’s where depression can kick in.
A lot of fellow friends that have been on shows have said the same, and it’s something that’s not looked into as much.It’s really serious. I’ve been there myself and it’s horrible.

According to Malin, Sophie struggled to deal with the aftermath of appearing on the hugely popular dating show two years ago, and confided in her friend.

She did talk to me a lot about personal situations quite close to when the show had finished. It was a shock for both of us when we came out of the villa, and I completely understood where she was coming from because I felt the same.

Northumbria Police have stated that a report into Sophie’s death is being prepared for the coroner.

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