The former contestant, 26, who appeared on the 2020 series in South Africa, told MailOnline ‘more needs to be done’ by the authorities to regulate trolling, because negative comments can escalate to much larger problems.
In an exclusive interview, Luke said it was ‘shocking’ new Islander Chloe Burrows’ family had to appeal to the public for nasty comments about their daughter to stop, after she was inundated with horrific death threats.
‘A lot more needs to be done’: Love Island star Luke Mabbott has urged the police to clamp down on Internet trolls – and says producers don’t always portray contestants accurately
Luke, whose new collaboration with His Column is out now, said: ‘Chloe’s family shouldn’t have to put a statement out to say stop, it should be an automatic thing not to do it. It’s disappointing and shocking. You don’t sign up to get trolled the hell out of.
‘Everyone that goes on Love Island gets trolled in some way and no matter how good you are, you will get people who don’t like you and a lot more needs to be done to stop them by the police.
‘It begins with trolling, but it can escalate and become something much larger. People used to say to me “this is what you’ve signed up to”, but it isn’t, it isn’t what you sign up to. You don’t sign up to get absolutely rinsed.
‘You can report and block them but then they make another account a week later, and it’s never ending. Hopefully, something will be done this year about it.
‘The thing is with Love Island, depending on what they chose to run on you, it’s 24 hours you’re in there and viewers only see an hour, the person you’re portrayed as on the outside might not be the person you are in real life. You can’t always judge a book by its cover.’
‘You don’t sign up to get rinsed’: The former contestant told MailOnline ‘more needs to be done’ by the authorities to regulate trolling, because negative comments can escalate
Luke, who’s in a relationship with 2019 Islander Lucie Donlan, 23, said the couple are watching the current series of Love Island together, and he predicts Jake Cornish could easily have his head turned.
Jake is paired with Liberty Poole but has admitted to being open to getting to know new arrivals in the villa, especially blonde bombshells who he describes as his ‘type.’
On Jake and Liberty’s romance, Luke said: ‘When they first walked in and started getting together, I thought Jake and Liberty would be the strongest couple because they seem good together.
‘But they’ve already grown apart and if you like someone you don’t say you’re going to look elsewhere, so it’s a tricky one. The other girls can see the red flags, which is hard because Liberty is quite sweet and gentle. Jake’s head could be very easily turned. It’s not good. If his type did come in, he’d be straight there.’
‘It’s not good’: Luke, who’s in a relationship with 2019 Islander Lucie Donlan, said the couple are watching the series together, and he predicts Jake could easily have his head turned
‘If anyone hurts Hugo that’s it!’: Luke’s in defence of Hugo after he sobbed on Tuesday’s show following run-ins with Sharon and Faye over comments he made about disliking ‘fake’ women
Luke said he sympathises with Hugo Hammond, who is struggling to form a connection with any of the female Islanders.
He’s also in defence of the former P.E. teacher, after he was reduced to tears on Tuesday’s show following run-ins with Sharon Gaffka and Faye Winter over comments he made about disliking ‘fake’ women.
Luke said: ‘Lucie and I are watching every night. It’s getting juicy now. People don’t know what they’re doing in their couples, it’s getting to the best bit.
‘Hugo is my favourite, he seems genuine, down to earth, and he has been in the same position as me, so I feel for him. I know what he’s going through. If anyone hurts Hugo that’s it! When you see everyone else coupling up and there’s nothing going on for you it’s a bit sad.’
‘We’re the perfect match’: Luke and Lucie, who are looking forward to celebrating their one-year anniversary this month, are planning on moving to Newquay together
Luke and Lucie, who are looking forward to celebrating their one-year anniversary this month, are planning on moving to Newquay together, where they will start a new chapter of their relationship alongside pet dog, Bunny.
And Luke is already thinking ahead to when the couple gets married, revealing he wants to wed Lucie one day.
He said: ‘We have nearly been together a year, which is crazy. We’re told all the time we’re the perfect match.
‘We like to do all sorts together, motocross, diving, literally everything. We’re thinking about moving to Newquay, because I fell in love with it. It’s the place for me. So, I think we’ll probably be moving together to Newquay very soon. It’ll be hard because it’s far away, but I’ve lived here all my life and in Newquay there’s so much more to do.
‘I think we will get married eventually; Lucie is a bit younger than me. You can’t put a time on it. I definitely want to marry her, but it needs to be the perfect time. I am a relationship type of guy and I prefer to have a best friend and partner there.’
- Luke Mabbott’s edit with His Column is available on His Column’s website now
‘We will get married eventually’: Luke is already thinking ahead to when he and Lucie get married, revealing he wants to wed the surfer one day