Love Island 2021: Laura Anderson urges new islanders to ‘be kind’ to each other in the villa


Former Love Island star Laura Anderson has offered her advice to new contestants joining the upcoming series.

Speaking on Wednesday’s This Morning, the Scottish beauty, 32, urged islanders to ‘be kind to each other’ when in the villa as they’ll go through ‘a lot of emotions’ while on the show.

Her words come as the start date for the new series was finally confirmed, with the ITV2 show heading back to screens on June 28th. 

Words of wisdom: Former Love Island star Laura Anderson has offered her advice to new contestants joining the upcoming series

Laura, speaking from the home she shares with beau Dane Bowers in Dubai, was joined on the show by fellow Love Island stars Amy Hart and Marcel Somerville, who shared their experiences on how the show had impacted their life.

Offering her words of wisdom for those heading to the Mallorcan abode, Laura advised that they should look after one another as they won’t have their usual ‘support network’ nearby.

She explained: ‘I think people just need to be kind to each other. 

‘You know, you go through a lot of emotions in there and having sort of a shoulder to cry on, it honestly just means the world because you don’t have your usual support network.’

Message: Speaking on Wednesday's This Morning, the Scottish beauty, 32, urged islanders to 'be kind to each other' when in the villa as they'll go through 'a lot of emotions' while on the show (pictured the 2018 cast)

Message: Speaking on Wednesday’s This Morning, the Scottish beauty, 32, urged islanders to ‘be kind to each other’ when in the villa as they’ll go through ‘a lot of emotions’ while on the show (pictured the 2018 cast)

The former air hostess also added that they should have ‘fun’ in the villa as not everyone has the opportunity to star on the show.

She went on: ‘And just have fun, it’s like a once in a lifetime opportunity. They’ll be great. I can’t wait to watch it.’ 

Meanwhile, Laura shared how being on the programme changed her life, telling hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willloughby: ‘I think for all of us, work opportunities, to be able to work for ourselves and be creative, yeah I guess it was a dream come true.’

She added: ‘I know they’ll be so nervous but I have to say they’ll feel a big confidence boost knowing they’ve been picked out of thousands of people. 

Chat: Laura was joined on the show by fellow Love Island stars Amy Hart and Marcel Somerville, who shared their experiences on how the show had impacted their life

Chat: Laura was joined on the show by fellow Love Island stars Amy Hart and Marcel Somerville, who shared their experiences on how the show had impacted their life

Advice: Offering her words of wisdom for those heading to the Mallorcan abode, Laura advised that they should look after one another as they won't have their usual 'support network' nearby

Advice: Offering her words of wisdom for those heading to the Mallorcan abode, Laura advised that they should look after one another as they won’t have their usual ‘support network’ nearby

‘I remember thinking that when I was walking through there, I thought “I’m supposed to be here!”‘

Meanwhile, Marcel Somerville said Love Island was a ‘turning point’ in his life after losing his job before the show. 

The former pop star said: ‘I hadn’t been in the Blazin’ Squad for a little while, it rejuvenated my whole life.

‘Literally before I went on the show, the company I was working for I was getting made redundant, I was like “what am I going to do?”

Nice: 'I think people just need to be kind to each other. You know, you go through a lot of emotions in there and having sort of a shoulder to cry on, it honestly just means the world'

Nice: ‘I think people just need to be kind to each other. You know, you go through a lot of emotions in there and having sort of a shoulder to cry on, it honestly just means the world’

Life changing: Meanwhile, Marcel Somerville said Love Island was a 'turning point' in his life after losing his job before the show

Life changing: Meanwhile, Marcel Somerville said Love Island was a ‘turning point’ in his life after losing his job before the show

‘And then Love Island came calling, I was like, “give it a go” and after the show it was just a new chapter and it was just the best chapter.’

The new dad, 35, also admitted he felt ‘pressure’ to get in shape and have a six-pack before joining the show. 

He explained: ‘Before I went on the show I was literally in the gym twice a day, making sure that I had a six pack just because I was thinking to myself, “Everyone’s going to have six packs. I need to have a six pack, I need to have the shoulders ready to go”.

Pressure: The new dad, 35, also admitted he felt 'pressure' to get in shape and have a six-pack before joining the show (Pictured, Marcel (right) in the villa in 2017)

Pressure: The new dad, 35, also admitted he felt ‘pressure’ to get in shape and have a six-pack before joining the show (Pictured, Marcel (right) in the villa in 2017)

Experience: Elsewhere, Amy, 27, spoke of the nerves she had when she had to lay low in a hotel with a chaperone before going in the villa, describing it as the 'fear of the unknown'

Experience: Elsewhere, Amy, 27, spoke of the nerves she had when she had to lay low in a hotel with a chaperone before going in the villa, describing it as the ‘fear of the unknown’

‘But I feel like afterwards I kind of relaxed a little bit, I’ve got a dad bod going on now.

‘But beforehand, it was a lot of pressure on me to be like, “I need to make sure I’m looking the part”.’

Elsewhere, Amy, 27, spoke of the nerves she had when she had to lay low in a hotel with a chaperone before going in the villa, describing it as the ‘fear of the unknown’. 

It comes after Love Island’s 2021 start date was confirmed as June 28 with ITV outlining the new duty of care protocols to protect Islanders’ mental health. 

The news was revealed by Holly and Phillip on Wednesday’s This Morning where, in the style of the ITV2 dating show, they received a text confirming the date.

It's back! It comes after Love Island's 2021 start date was confirmed as June 28 with ITV outlining the new duty of care protocols to protect Islanders' mental health (host Laura Whitmore pictured)

It’s back! It comes after Love Island’s 2021 start date was confirmed as June 28 with ITV outlining the new duty of care protocols to protect Islanders’ mental health (host Laura Whitmore pictured) 

You've got a text! The news was revealed by Holly and Phillip on Wednesday's This Morning where, in the style of the show, they received a text confirming the date as Monday June 28 at 9pm

You’ve got a text! The news was revealed by Holly and Phillip on Wednesday’s This Morning where, in the style of the show, they received a text confirming the date as Monday June 28 at 9pm 

Love Island has not aired since February 2020 after both the summer 2020 and winter 2021 editions were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

It was revealed on Wednesday that the ITV2 dating show has enlisted another clinical psychologist ahead of the new series.

ITV listed the show’s new duty of care protocols in a statement, which will support Islanders before, during and after filming.

It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.  

The protocols are in line with the show’s last series but will also now feature another clinical psychologist, Dr Matthew Gould, who joined ITV last year and will work with Dr Litchfield, an external advisor to the business.

Important: It comes after it was revealed that the ITV2 dating show has enlisted another clinical psychologist ahead of the new series launch (the 2019 line-up pictured)

Important: It comes after it was revealed that the ITV2 dating show has enlisted another clinical psychologist ahead of the new series launch (the 2019 line-up pictured) 

The two medical professionals will continue to independently review and evolve the duty of care measures ITV currently has in place.

The current and full duty of care process sees comprehensive psychological support, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show and a proactive aftercare package which offers support. 

Other measures in place include training for contestants with social media, handling potential negativity, financial management and taking on management.

The duty of care process will regularly be reviewed and evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the show.

Stringent measures: It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis (pictured), and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months

Stringent measures: It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis (pictured), and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months

Heartbreaking: Sophie, 32, took her own life back in June 2018 after appearing on season two of the show. Her heartbroken boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, 25, took his own life 20 days later

Heartbreaking: Sophie, 32, took her own life back in June 2018 after appearing on season two of the show. Her heartbroken boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, 25, took his own life 20 days later

Talking about the processes in place, Dr Matthew Gould said: ‘Duty of care is not a static goal. It evolves with public expectation, legislation, and with the commercial development of the programme format in order to maintain creativity. 

‘Effective delivery of care is an exercise in collaboration especially between health professionals, programme participants and producers. Also, it can be especially influenced by senior leaders within an organisation. 

‘My appointment last year in a new role to broaden the duty of care effort is testament to the seriousness which ITV gives this subject.’

Devastating: In February 2020, the host of Love Island, Caroline, was found dead at her home after taking her own life, a day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in 2019

Devastating: In February 2020, the host of Love Island, Caroline, was found dead at her home after taking her own life, a day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in 2019 

While Dr Paul Litchfield added: ‘Society’s appreciation of the importance of mental health and wellbeing has grown enormously in recent years and the pandemic has brought that into even sharper focus. 

‘Reducing the risk of harm, where possible, is an imperative but promoting good mental health is also necessary. ITV’s evolving commitment to these issues, backed up by tangible action, is an example to others in the industry and beyond.’

ITV’s guidelines and policies are fully compliant with Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code to protect the welfare of those participating in TV programmes, including those amendments which came into effect in April 2021. 

Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2021 series   

Pre-filming and filming

  • Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare. 
  • Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history. 
  • Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.  
  • Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear. 
  • Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them. 
  • Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid. 
  • A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

Aftercare 

  • Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home. 
  • A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home. 
  • Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable. 
  • We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.

 



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