Love Island star Sophie Gradon’s mother, Deborah, says her daughter’s death left behind a brain tumor
Sophie Gradon’s mother has revealed that she has a brain tumor and says it may have been caused by the ‘stress’ of her daughter’s tragic death.
Deborah, 62, spoke about her health concerns and admitted that every day since her daughter’s death has been ‘pain’ in a candid interview with The mirror
The Love Island star, 32, appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV show and took her own life in June 2018.
Deborah explained that in the years following Sophie’s death, she experienced blurred vision and loss of balance, so she went to see a specialist.
Family: Sophie Gradon’s mother Deborah has revealed she has a brain tumor, saying it could have been caused by the ‘stress’ of her daughter’s tragic death (pictured together)
She said, ‘I was told I had an endocrine tumor in my pituitary gland in my brain. He said it could have been made up for the stress of everything. ‘
While it’s not cancer, Deborah said the tumor’s position makes it dangerous and she often suffers from chronic fatigue.
The grieving mother also spoke candidly about life without Sophie, saying that every day is a struggle, but she keeps going because she wants to take on trolls and see new measures taken to stop them after her own daughter was targeted.
Tragic: The Love Island star, 32, appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV show and ended her life in June 2018 after being played extensively online (pictured on the show)
Thinking back to the terrible loss, Deborah told the publication: “Every day is a torment. The pain is visceral. You almost lose your mind and don’t know who you are anymore.
“I don’t want Sophie’s death to be in vain… the government needs to do more. If a beautiful, smart girl can be destroyed by public humiliation, anyone can. ‘
She added that she feels that trolls should be named and shamed after sending cruel messages and put on a troll register.
Deborah revealed that she had experienced how terrible trolling can be while managing Sophie’s Twitter during her Love Island period. She said messages ranged from criticizing her daughter’s eyelashes to “I hope you get cancer.”
Struggle: Deborah, 62, spoke out about her health concerns and admitted that every day since her daughter’s death has been ‘pain’ (Sophie is pictured in a promo recording for Love Island in 2016)
Deborah also said she agrees with Katie Price’s campaign that an ID should be required to create a social media account, meaning companies can more easily track trolls.
Turning her attention to future series of Love Island, Deborah said she would tell anyone who is thinking about not doing it, claiming participants don’t care about them and are instead being ‘exploited’.
Deborah claimed Sophie told her she needed help while on Love Island, but she was told she could only have 10 minutes for a Skype call.
She claimed the guidelines on the show were just “ smoke and mirrors, ” adding that Sophie was taking sertraline for bipolar depression and was “ vulnerable. ”
A Love Island spokesperson told MailOnline: “Well-being and duty of care to our contributors is always our primary concern, and we have taken extensive steps to support the islanders before, during and after their participation on the show.
Terrible: Following Sophie’s tragic death in June 2018, the body of Mike Thalassitis, 26, (right) was found at his home in 2019
Devastating: Former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack also took her own life on February 15, 2020
‘We have continued to develop our process with each series as the level of social media and media attention around the islanders has increased, including improved psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential islanders about the impact of participation on the show, tailor-made training for all islanders on social media and a proactive aftercare package. ‘
The show has also taken a number of steps to assist contestants, including psychological and medical assessments prior to filming, including those by an independent doctor.
All potential islanders are also required to disclose any relevant medical history and there is a senior team on site that has received training in mental health first aid.
Provisions are also made for once participants leave the villa, with a minimum of eight therapy sessions provided to each islander when they return home.
Action: Deborah has also called for tougher measures against trolls, saying, ‘If a beautiful, smart girl can be destroyed by public humiliation, then anyone can’ (Sophie is in the picture)
There will also be training on how to handle social media and financial advice as they adjust to life after the villa and ITV will keep in touch with the contestant for 14 months after their series ends.
Deborah previously turned down the parliamentary investigation into reality TV after Caroline Flack became the third person involved in Love Island to end her life.
Following Sophie’s death, fellow Love Island alum Mike Thalassitis, 26, was found near his home in 2019. The show’s host Caroline Flack, 40, was subsequently found dead in 2020.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport had previously launched its own investigation into the deaths of Sophie and Mike, as well as that of Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond.
But the probe ended when parliament was dissolved for the 2019 general election.
Claims: Deborah previously accused the government of sweeping her reality TV investigation into her daughter’s suicide ‘under the rug’
In February 2020, Deborah claimed the issue was “ swept under the rug ” after the dissolution of parliament for the general election ended the probe.
She wrote: “ Investigation into ITVS Duty of Care to Participants The DCMS Committee’s decision to initiate the reality TV investigation comes after the death of a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show and the deaths of two former reality TV participants. dating show LoveIsland. NOW CLOSED #CarolinesLaw.
his previous: the investigation has not been completed but swept under the rug.
‘Not so much a lump, but a landmine. Truth, respect and fairness are not in demand when precious lives are at stake. It is our RIGHT. #CarolinesLaw #SophieGradon #MikeThalassitis. ‘
Love Island has not aired since February 2020 after both the summer 2020 and winter 2021 editions were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new series is rumored to be the ‘biggest in history’ as ITV bosses prepare for its highly anticipated comeback later this year.
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