Charity Women’s Aid have called on Love Island hopeful Amber Gill to ditch ‘manipulative’ Michael Griffiths.
Her friends in the villa have urged her to ‘start something new’ rather than return to the contestant who left her for Joanna Chimonides and now Women’s Aid have issued a statement reminding show bosses to ‘look after’ Amber’s wellbeing.
Adina Claire, acting co-chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: ‘Women’s Aid is becoming increasingly concerned about what appear to be unhealthy fledgling relationships being used as entertainment in Love Island.
‘Most recently, the programme has shown Amber repeatedly reduced to tears and appearing to have her emotions manipulated.
‘We hope that producers are looking after the well-being of the contestants and will step in when any form of behaviour becomes abusive.
‘We have been contacted by a number of viewers on social media throughout the series about behaviour they are worried about, involving several contestants, and would ask producers to always take this seriously, and consider the messages being sent to viewers and contestants on the show.’
In one of the most dramatic U-turn the Love Island villa has ever seen, Michael admitted he still had feelings for his ex hours after Joanna Chiminodes left the villa and he decided to stay.
Amber has since confessed she still enjoys spending time with Michael, but friends have cautioned her about choosing him with Belle Hassan telling her in Friday’s episode: ‘He has completely betrayed your trust and picked someone else over you.
‘If I was in your position, I would start something new with someone else.’
Amber’s head is beginning to be turned for rugby pro and law graduate Greg O’Shea but Amber has also been advised to choose the stronger connection, with best pal Ovie Soko telling her: ‘The connection you have with Michael is much stronger than the connection you have with Greg.
‘At the end of the day, to win big, you’ve got to bet big.’
Love Island airs on ITV2 at 9pm Sunday – Thursday.
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