The MOM, who excitedly bought a bikini for her daughter when she was admitted to Love Island, spoke of the suffering the show has brought.
Savannah Darnell couldn’t get out of bed after being cast on the 2018 series alongside Dani Dyer and Dr. Alex George.
Her mother, Karen Smallwood, who lives near Sheffield, admitted she was “naive” about what the 22-year-old Savannah would face.
“I took Savannah for bikini shopping,” she said. Daily mail.
“I didn’t know what could go wrong. We got carried away.
“If I had known then what I know now, we would have had a very different conversation.”
Former soccer player Michael Owen, whose daughter Gemma appears on this year’s show, has reportedly left the country after joking that he’s living “every father’s nightmare.”
And Karen, 56, said Savannah’s grief after she left the island is something she “wouldn’t wish on any parent.”
The pretty blonde, now 26, returned home after receiving death threats.
“I can’t tell you how awful it is to walk into your child’s bedroom and find that he has been up all night crying because a stranger said he was the ugliest person ever entered the pageant,” Karen said.
It is believed that about 100,000 applicants apply for the show each year, although many contestants turn to recruiters, including Savannah.
When she arrived in Mallorca, she was sent to Casa Amor to try and charm one of the male members from the woman they were paired with.
Savannah has been at the villa for five days, but Karen says she was “barely seen” on TV. She was not chosen for the main house, despite the fact that she formed a connection with Wes Nelson.
The producers offered her a consultation when she returned to the UK, but Savannah felt she didn’t need it.
However, she then began to view comments about her on social media. The trolls said she should “just die,” Karen said.
“WE HAVE GROUND”
To make matters worse, Savannah was forced to give up her apartment since she wasn’t making any money. She was paid only £500 for her time at the villa.
In the years since her time on Love Island, she has consulted and returned to show business and influence.
Arabella Chi, who appeared in the series in 2019, has gone on to a successful career at the end of her stay at the villa.
But mum Eunice Denny, 66, said she felt the rest of the group treated her daughter “quite harshly” after she became “the bomb”.
Arabella was also heavily trolled and Eunice said, “I have to say, it was terribly hard for me.
It’s terrible to go into your child’s room and find that he has been up all night crying because a stranger said he was the ugliest person ever entered the pageant.
“I think it was harder for me as a mother than for Arabella herself. This is your flesh and blood. She has been threatened and you are worried that they will be carried out.”
ITV released its care charter in 2019 after former contestants Sophie Graydon and Mike Thalassitis committed suicide.
When host Caroline Flack also committed suicide in February 2020, extra measures were put in place on the show to ensure that members and their families feel supported.
Representatives of the show today sent Sun Online testimonials from those who have previously participated in the show.
Dr. Alex said he had “really good post-op care” and Megan Barton Hanson said, “They do so much behind the scenes that people don’t really see.
“In this show, you have 24-hour care before, during, and after.”
Eyal Booker, who appeared in the fourth series, also said that he “didn’t say a bad word” about the care he received.