Love Island 2021: Fans claim Chloe hinted at an affair with a married man

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    Love Island fans have claimed Chloe Burrows hinted at an affair with a married man during Thursday night’s episode.

    The marketing executive, 25, confessed to being ‘partial’ to married men before she entered the villa.

    Chatting with Brad McClelland, the bombshell discussed a past romance, which she said lasted for five years.

    Suspicious: Love Island fans have claimed Chloe Burrows hinted at an affair with a married man during Thursday night's episode

    Suspicious: Love Island fans have claimed Chloe Burrows hinted at an affair with a married man during Thursday night’s episode

    Chloe called out labouror Brad for not asking her any questions about herself during a conversation they had earlier in the day.

    Asking about her past romances, Chloe said: ‘I met someone and we were, like, together for five years – but I was never his girlfriend.’

    Viewers wondered how you could see someone for five years but not be considered their girlfriend.

    One said: ‘5 years and never in a relationship? That was deffo the married man’.  

    Admission: The marketing executive, 25, confessed to being'partial' to married men before she entered the villa

    Admission: The marketing executive, 25, confessed to being ‘partial’ to married men before she entered the villa

    Another added: ‘I was with this guy but I was never his girlfriend’ is that because he was married Chloe??’

    One viewer wrote: ‘Chloe wasn’t the girlfriend because the man was married.’

    Another wrote: ‘Together for 5 years but never his girlfriend???? Must have been one of those married men she loves.’

    In her VT prior to entering the villa, Chloe described meeting a man she later found out was married but who she still ‘drunk calls’.

    Confused: Chatting with Brad McClelland, the bombshell appeared to hint at the past romance, which she said lasted for five years but she was never actually his'girlfriend'

    Confused: Chatting with Brad McClelland, the bombshell appeared to hint at the past romance, which she said lasted for five years but she was never actually his ‘girlfriend’

    She said: ‘I am partial to a married man. I did meet someone at work.

    ‘I thought it was love at first sight – until my manager reminded me of his wife and kids. Doesn’t mean I don’t drunk-call him most weekends.’

    However, in an interview with The Sun, Chloe insisted she never had an affair with the man.

    She said: ‘I didn’t have an affair – it’s been taken out of context. It was not like: “Yeah, give me a married man.” Absolutely not. I don’t want a married man.’

    Reaction: Viewers wondered how you could see someone for five years but not be considered their girlfriend

    Reaction: Viewers wondered how you could see someone for five years but not be considered their girlfriend

    When asked about the ‘drunk calls’ to the man, Chloe said she didn’t ring him ‘most weekends’ and added: ‘he didn’t answer’. 

    It comes after Love Island bosses have issued a warning urging viewers to ‘think before they post’ about contestants on social media in a bid to clamp down on online trolling.

    Bosses were forced to take action after newcomer Chloe was subjected to death threats by trolls just three days into the new series of the ITV2 dating show airing.

    Chloe’s family made a plea for viewers to ‘Be Kind’ as they asked: ‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?’

    Awful: It came after Chloe was inundated with hundreds of vile death from online trolls (pictured on the show on Wednesday's episode)

    Awful: It came after Chloe was inundated with hundreds of vile death from online trolls (pictured on the show on Wednesday’s episode)

    Responding to the excessive trolling Chloe has received, Love Island posted a statement to its official Instagram page – insisting the extreme reactions of some viewers were ‘wholly unacceptable’.

    They warned that they take such matters ‘extremely serious’ and will fully support contestants and their families in reporting abusive messages.

    The statement read: ‘We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all our cast and their friends and family members.

    ‘Last night’s episode created strong reactions but some viewers’ posts were wholly unacceptable. We take these matters extremely seriously and will support cast members and their families in reporting such posts.’

    Shock: On Wednesday's episode Chloe, 25, picked Aaron Francis, 24, (pictured together) to couple up with, meaning Shannon Singh, 22, was left single and sent home in a shock dumping

    Shock: On Wednesday’s episode Chloe, 25, picked Aaron Francis, 24, (pictured together) to couple up with, meaning Shannon Singh, 22, was left single and sent home in a shock dumping

    It continued: ‘We would once again urge all of our viewers to think before posting, and remember that our Islanders are people with feelings.’

    It came after Chloe’s family – manning her social media accounts while she is in the villa – revealed she has been targeted with hundreds of vile death threats after appearing on the show for just three days.

    On Wednesday’s episode the blonde beauty picked Aaron Francis, 24, to couple up with, meaning Shannon Singh, 22, was left single and sent home in a shock dumping – sparking lots of trolls to send messages to Chloe’s social media accounts.

    Taking to Instagram on Thursday, her family and friends begged viewers to ‘Be Kind’ and asked: ”Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?’

    'Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?' Chloe's family and friends took to Instagram to beg viewers to be kind going forward with the reality show

    ‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?’ Chloe’s family and friends took to Instagram to beg viewers to be kind going forward with the reality show

    Vile: They also posted an example of one of the disgusting messages sent to Chloe by a troll

    Vile: They also posted an example of one of the disgusting messages sent to Chloe by a troll

    Sharing a statement and example of a message, they wrote: ‘We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we’ve had enough, after just 3 episodes.

    ‘We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM encouraging Chloe to kill herself – there have been HUNDREDS.

    ‘Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?

    ‘Not only that, but people are flooding her inbox threatening to kill her themselves. People… this is a GAME show, there is a cash prize!’

    Saying goodbye: After Chloe picked Aaron, Shannon got a text saying she had to leave the island straight away (pictured to the two women embracing ahead of her surprise exit)

    Saying goodbye: After Chloe picked Aaron, Shannon got a text saying she had to leave the island straight away (pictured to the two women embracing ahead of her surprise exit)

    Leaving: Shannon is the earliest ever Islander to be dumped from the villa and later shared her shock at being sent home after just three days

    Leaving: Shannon is the earliest ever Islander to be dumped from the villa and later shared her shock at being sent home after just three days

    They continued: ‘We understand the frustration surrounding @shannonsinghhh ‘s eviction – we feel it too! She didn’t deserve to leave so early but Chloe does not deserve to DIE because Shannon had to leave the villa!

    ‘She will have had no idea of the repercussions of her decision prior to making it.’

    Ending their plea, they wrote: ‘We are not naive. We know that this post won’t put an end to trolling. All the advice we get is to ‘ignore it’ and ‘block the trolls’, sometimes it’s not that easy. Our hope is that this just reminds some of you to #BeKind x’

    In another post they revealed a vile message sent to Chloe which called her ‘so ugly, annoying and jarring’ and said: ‘Can you just fall in the firepit and die’.

    Stern reminder: Love Island bosses had warned viewers to'think before you post' during the new series in an Instagram post ahead of the show starting on Monday

    Stern reminder: Love Island bosses had warned viewers to ‘think before you post’ during the new series in an Instagram post ahead of the show starting on Monday

    They also blamed Chloe for Shannon’s dumping, ominously penning: ‘You got rid of Shannon, I’ll get rid of you’.

    MailOnline has contacted Love Island’s representatives for comment.

    Love Island bosses had asked viewers to ‘think before you post’ ahead of the new series kicking off on Monday.

    The series has become known to attract trolls online, and many former Islanders have slammed the show, claiming they have suffered with mental health issues after taking part on it.

    Two past contestants have died by suicide as well as the show’s former host Caroline Flack.

    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 (pictured 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 (pictured in 2019)

    Sophie Gradon, who was 32, died by suicide in 2018, while Mike Thalassitis died the following year aged 26.

    Both had starred on Love Island, with Sophie appearing on series two of the reality series and Mike starring on the show’s third season.

    Host Caroline was 40 years old when she took her life in February 2020.

    A message on the programme’s Instagram account read: ‘You’ve got a text! These Islanders are all single and ready to find love. We can’t wait to watch them get to know each other, date, and maybe even find the one.

    Heartbreaking: Sophie Gradon, who was 32, died by suicide in 2018, after being a contestant on the show in 2016 (pictured in a promo shot for her villa stint)

    Heartbreaking: Sophie Gradon, who was 32, died by suicide in 2018, after being a contestant on the show in 2016 (pictured in a promo shot for her villa stint)

    Tragic: Mike Thalassitis, who was 26, died by suicide in March 2019 after taking part in Love Island in 2017 (pictured in his official Love Island picture)

    Tragic: Mike Thalassitis, who was 26, died by suicide in March 2019 after taking part in Love Island in 2017 (pictured in his official Love Island picture)

    ‘We’re so grateful they’re letting us follow their journey this summer. We hope you enjoy the show, but please think before you post.’

    Host Laura Whitmore and narrator husband Iain Stirling shared the same message.

    Ahead of the show starting, Love Island execs also confirmed the show’s duty of care protocols.

    Dr. Paul Litchfield – who ITV appointed in 2018 to review the show’s participant welfare processes – said: ‘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.

    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.

     

    ‘ITV’s evolving commitment to these issues, backed up by tangible action, is an example to others in the industry and beyond.’

    The process for ‘all contributors involved’ in the show includes ‘comprehensive psychological support’ and ‘training for all Islanders on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity’

    They will also receive ‘training for all Islanders on financial management’, as well as ‘guidance and advice on taking on management after the show’.

    Host: Laura Whitmore also asked viewers to be considerate and shared the same message to'think before you post' (pictured during a promo shoot for the show)

    Host: Laura Whitmore also asked viewers to be considerate and shared the same message to ‘think before you post’ (pictured during a promo shoot for the show)

    There will also be ‘detailed conversations’ with contestants about the ‘impact of participation on the show’, as well as a ‘proactive aftercare package’ which promises to support Islanders once filming has ended with ‘proactive contact’ and extra support where necessary.

    ITV has confirmed that registered mental health professionals will be available for Love Island stars throughout the entire series, from pre-filming, during the show itself and as part of the aftercare.

    What’s more, there will be a welfare team during and after the show, and the senior team in Majorca has mental health first aid training.

    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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