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Amy Hart has quit Love Island after Curtis Pritchard broke her heart

"She couldn't stand the thought of seeing Curtis crack on with other girls."

08 Jul 2019

Amy Hart has left the Love Island villa after being dumped by Curtis Pritchard, it has been revealed.

A source close to Amy told The Sun: "It was Amy's decision to walk from the villa as she felt she had gotten as much as she could from the experience.

"She fell in love, had her heart broken and couldn't stand the thought of seeing Curtis crack on with other girls while under the same roof as her.

"She was given therapy and support from the producers at ITV and they felt she was emotionally sound enough to make her own decision. They would never dream of keeping someone in there if they weren't happy about it."

It comes after producers apparently stepped in and took the decision to ‘whisk’ Amy out for some counselling after she broke down in tears in the beach hut after Curtis dumped her when his 'head turned' for new girl, Jourdan.

A Love Island spokesman said: "We take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.

"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset.
"All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa. This means Islanders are always able to reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need. We will of course continue to monitor all of our Islanders in line with our robust protocols.

"Love Island holds a mirror up to relationships and all the different dynamics that go with them."

The production team have continued to evolve their duty of care processes with each series, as the show’s popularity has risen and the social and media attention on Islanders has increased. The key changes this year are – enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package which extends our support to all Islanders following their participation.

Scroll down to read what happened when we met Amy before she flew into the villa...

The islanders I met when I flew to Mallorca ahead of their stint on this year’s Love Island were just like you and I. They had regular jobs, less than 1,000 Instagram followers, they’d never met anyone famous and the vast majority still had dinner cooked for them by their parents.

Fast-forward 12 weeks and most of them will have close to 1m social media fans following their every move, brands bending over backwards to work with them and a plethora of glitzy event invents pouring into their inboxes. In fact, it's already happening. Unbeknown to many of the Islanders, they already have hundreds of thousands of followers and brands lining up to working with them.

However, with fame, fortune and Boohoo clothes sponsorship deals comes millions of people around the world offering up their opinion on what the contestants are wearing, who they’re dating and every damn Instagram picture they post. Just ask Megan Barton-Hanson, who found fame on the show last year and has since spoken candidly about her struggles with anxiety because of paparazzi intrusion and vile social media trolls. Here at GLAMOUR, we’re passionate about making a stand against the bullies, which is exactly why we asked Megan to be an ambassador for our brilliant #BlendOutBullying campaign. We’re also hugely cognisant of the impact social media can have on young people’s mental health, which is why we're hugely supporting Amy Hart's family, who just released this mega powerful statement about the 'vile' trolling she's been receiving on the show.

The statement reads: "We would like to thank those who continue to support Amy and those who have sent kind messages through this whole Love Island experience, but especially over the last few trying days.

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"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however the way some people are gunning for Amy is shocking and really upsetting for her friends and family and everyone who knows and loves her.

"The other couples also voted for Lucie and Joe as least compatible due to their recent ups and downs, and nobody in the villa knew it would end in any islanders being voted out.

"The volume of hateful comments and death threats we have received over the last couple days has been completely off the scale and extremely upsetting. They still continue to come through, and it stems from one comment made four episodes ago which was said in support of Lucie.

"Amy is a fierce friend. She is kind, loyal and supportive. She wasn't the best for everyone and is willing to give herself entirely to those she cares about. Amy is not malicious or vindictive and she is certainly not a bully.

"We would like to ask those sending malicious and vile messages to think about the implications of their words and threats before plastering them over social media. Anyone who knows Amy knows she does not deserve this."

Amy has been trolled for what many deemed her unfair treatment of Lucie Donlan; people also accused her of having a 'smug' expression when Joe Garratt was kicked off. Despite whatever anyone thinks, we are throwing our support behind Amy and her family a no one deserves this level of online abuse.

While nothing can prepare the islanders for the level of interest that will come with their newfound fame, when we met Amy before she entered the villa, she told us she's adamant that she’s learnt from previous contestants’ experiences and is determined to turn a blind eye to the bullies - a mantra we hope she sticks to when she leaves.

Speaking to GLAMOUR in Mallorca ahead of Love Island 2019's kickoff, Amy Hart, a 26-year-old cabin crew manager from Worthing, Sussex, said she doesn’t have any concerns about heading into the most famous villa in Europe next week.

“This isn’t a rash decision,” she said. “I applied in October and I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, I feel level-headed with the whole thing.”

Already preconceiving the abuse she may face on her departure from the villa, Amy told us she has a carefully crafted plan in place to filter out the noise – and plenty of people could heed her advice.

“I would never read any comments on any online article or social media,” she said. “I’ve seen Alexandra from last year posted the comments she got on some beautiful pictures of herself in the Maldives and they were awful comments so I’d never do that.

“If you want to read the 4,000 comments on your Instagram picture saying how amazing you look then you also have to read the ones saying that you look awful. It’s everything that’s wrong with today’s society but if you don’t want to read them then don’t read them. You don’t have to have commenting available or have Twitter and you don’t have to read it.” She has a point; Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner have both been known to turn the comments off on their Instagram photos after receiving a torrent of abuse and as they say, ignorance is bliss.

Concluding on a lighter note, Amy added: “I worked on a plane for eight and a half years so anything a troll can say me, I’ve had said to me 20,000 times worse to my face.”

Read Megan Barton Hanson’s #BlendOutBullying open letter here.

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