Love Island’s Amber quits social media over cruel trolls as family shares statement

Love Island star Amber Beckford has quit social media due to cruel trolls, her family has announced.

The former contestant, 24, was voted out of the villa along with Ikenna Ekwonna, 23, on Tuesday night’s episode and received extensive online ridicule during her time on the show.

This has led to the decision to remove Amber from social media altogether, her family explained in a statement.

"Hey all, Amber's time in the villa has come to an end. We have received some lovely comments & messages and thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” their statement read.

"However as most of you are probably aware of some of the vile tweets, messages and posts that are being written about Amber.”

Amber’s family called the abuse fired at her online “sickening” and “vile” as they spoke about how bullying can seriously affect the mental health of the person targeted.

“As Amber’s family and friends this has been extremely hard to see and sometimes sickening,” the statement continued.

“We didn’t want to have to post something like this, but please remember that bullying somebody over an hour episode of a televised show is damaging.

“Bullying and negative comments can be extremely harmful to someone’s mental health and sometimes in worse cases can be fatal.”

The family went on: "We will not stand for bullying and harassment." They continued: "For this reason, we have unfortunately decided to deactivate Amber’s twitter before her arrival home to protect her mental well-being.

"This is a decision that has been made by Amber’s close friends and family as it has been extremely for her family and friends to see, and we still want to make this an exciting time for Amber; not a negative one.”

The statement ended on a more positive note, as Amber’s family promised that they would continue to uplift the star following her time on Love Island.

It read: "We’d like to thank everyone again for some of the love and to those who have supported Amber on her journey.

“We wish Amber’s new friends the best of luck in the villa and will continue to support them, please remember to be kind to them also; we're only human. If you have nothing nice to say, keep it to yourself."

Love Island has had several mental health issues with past contestants and previous late host Caroline Flack, who took her own life in February 2020.

The show has since vowed to protect the contestants’ psychological wellbeing and appointed strict mental health protocols ahead of series seven in 2021.


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