As much as we all obsess over Love Island and its contestant, the show has a dark history of contestants struggling after being thrust into stardom.
Another former star of the show has opened up about their struggles.
Bethany Rogers, who appeared in the 2015 series, says she struggled with a ketamine addiction after being portrayed as a ‘monster’.
“Producers would come in every day and direct us to talk to a certain person – to stir the pot. They were manipulating us to fit their narrative. But everything shown of me was negative and aggressive.”
Rogers alleges that after her appearance in the villa, her partner Laurence Edwards became abusive towards her.
In 2018, the couple were arrested and accused of money laundering, and Rogers was caught with 0.134g of the Class B drug ketamine.
She says the stress of the court case and her break up led her to addiction.
“I didn’t realise what I was doing to myself, but I just felt like I couldn’t lose anything else because I already lost my reputation from being on the show, I had the trauma of this abusive relationship,”
The show has since released a statement after Rogers’ claims that she was intentionally made to look bad.
“This is not a version of events we recognise.
“As with all Islanders, Bethany was offered aftercare, both at the time and in the years since her appearance.
“Because of medical confidentiality, we do not comment on individuals’ duty of care, but our welfare protocols are widely publicised and we have a robust set of measures in place to ensure support before, during, and after filming is prioritised.”