Love Island's Sharon urges trolls to stop after receiving 'violent' messages

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Love Island’s Sharon Gaffka has been bombarded with ‘violent’ messages from trolls following her departure from the ITV2 dating show.

The civil servant was dumped from the villa in recent scenes, but since her exit she’s been forced to speak out about the horrible abuse she’s been sent in a bid to make it stop.

‘I’m starting to get more violent ones [messages] and I need to say put a stop to it, because at the end of the day, it’s a person you’re sending this message to, not a character on a TV show,’ Sharon stressed.

‘I’m never going to retaliate to these messages. I’m never going to send you anything horrible back.

‘I just want to say that I’m in a very good position and I’m very f*cking lucky that ITV are incredible, have been insane since I left the villa and I’m sure I can speak for every islander when saying that.’

Sharon continued: ‘I have amazing friends, a very strong family support and I’m really fortunate that I have that. But you don’t know if the person you’re sending those messages to, if they have that.’

She warned that trolling could have ‘very horrible consequences and repercussions’.

Sharon’s plea comes just weeks after Chloe Burrows’ family said she had been inundated with death threats following her recoupling which sent Shannon Singh home.

ITV condemned the messages at the time, branding them ‘wholly unacceptable’.

‘We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all of our cast and their friends and family members,’ ITV said in a statement.

‘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.

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

Love Island contestants have been given training for on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity.

Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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