Love Island star Dr Alex George has said social media trolls and not reality TV are the cause of mental health issues among participants.
The 28-year-old A&E doctor has admitted he is still receiving therapy sessions after being mercilessly trolled online following his appearance on the ITV show.
Dr Alex revealed that he has been bombarded with hateful messages since the moment he dumped Alexandra Crane in the Love Island villa.
He believes the situation has got out of control in this country and said claims it's a bigger reason for reality stars to have mental health issues, rather than the actual shows themselves.
He told the Daily Star: “It’s worse in this country than it’s ever been and I am still having therapy sessions.”
Dr Alex continued: “I can only talk from my experience with Love Island but we had analysis before being selected, we had psychologists, we had 24-hour support on the show."
He believes the after care on offer was not as bad as has been stated by other reality show stars.
“And then in my experience the after care for me has been really good. It’s important to recognise that there is a bad side to fame." he said.
“I get trolled a lot, people say horrible things about you, people judge your worth all the time on social media, whatever they believe that to be."
Dr Alex has dismissed the call for reality TV to shoulder the blame for these issues.
He continued: “Reality TV is not the cause of that. It’s part of a wider social issue. It is worse in this country than it’s ever been.”
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