CAROLINE FLACK has defended the return of Love Island to our screens following the suicides of two former contestants.
The 39-year-old presenter insisted that ‘modern-day life’ has become overwhelming and reality TV should not become a scapegoat.
Speaking exclusively to Guilty Pleasures for the first time since the deaths of Mike Thalassitis, 26, in March, and Sophie Gradon, 32, last year, Caroline stressed that Love Island is ‘romance at its core’.
She added: ‘Anyone who’s watched the last four series will know this hasn’t changed. The show is a journey of love and emotions that everyone can relate to and learn from. We are a feelgood show.
‘When something becomes popular there seems to be a desire to pull it to pieces and over-analyse it. This is about young singletons having fun, getting to know each other, in an amazing villa in the Spanish sun. If I was younger I’d jump at the chance to be on the show.’ Caroline also defended Love Island’s support network for contestants.
‘There is a spotlight on reality TV shows at the moment but sadly this is a global problem we are dealing with; a modern-day life for all that is becoming overwhelming,’ she added.
‘We need to stop blaming and speculating without the facts. As a human race we all need to come together, communicate, open up, express ourselves, be kind and be understanding of what all of us are dealing with on a daily basis. We are not robots. We are human beings with feelings and emotions. We all need to listen to one another without any judgement or discrimination.’
Posing in her new fashion collection for River Island, out today, Caroline finished: ‘I’ve seen at first hand the amount of first-class care that is given to islanders before and after the show.’
Her comments came as bosses revealed Love Island contestants will be given a minimum of eight therapy sessions as part of an enhanced duty of care process.
The new series starts on ITV2 next month.