Zara Holland has blasted Love Island after Mike Thalassitis ‘ tragic death.
The former Miss Great Britain, who appeared on the show in 2016, claims stars as "chewed up and spat out" after their time on the programme.
Zara claimed that "nothing" has changed since her co-star Sophie Gradon took her own life last year.
Now, she’s spoken out against the ITV2 dating show .
The 23-year-old told The Sun : "Contestants are chewed up and spat out. Nothing’s changed. There’s zero care — and now something terrible has happened again.
"More must be done to help contestants. Yes, they have a psychiatrist behind-the-scenes but there is zero aftercare. You can’t just be forgotten."
She went on to say that returning to real life when the "fame bubble bursts" is tough.
Zara said internet trolls "target your weakest insecurity."
She added: "You have money coming in left, right and centre. You have lots of people that want to be your friend but they only want to use you.
"But then the new series comes out a year later and no one wants to pay you."
However, a source close to the show claimed bosses do everything they can to look after the stars.
They said: "Care for our Islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show.
"We ensure that all of our Contributors are able to access psychological support before, during and after appearing on the show. The programme will always provide ongoing support when needed and where appropriate.
"We also discuss at length with all of our Islanders, before and after the show, how their lives might change and they have access to support and advice to help with this."
Following the news of his death last night, ITV said: "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."
Mike was found dead yesterday in a park near his childhood home in Edmonton, North London.
A Met Police spokesperson said: "Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 09:28hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged.
"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased.
"At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious. The man’s next of kin have been informed. A file will be prepared for the coroner."
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