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26/07/2019 14:11 BST | Updated 26/07/2019 14:12 BST

Love Island's Danny Williams Contacts Police Over Racist Death Threats

Danny has received a torrent of "horrible" abuse since leaving the ITV2 show.

Former Love Island star Danny Williams has revealed he’s contacted the police over the racism and death threats he’s received since leaving the villa.

Danny was dumped from the Island earlier this month, upsetting some viewers first due to his decision to dump Yewande Biala for Araballa Chi, only to then ditch her in favour of Jourdan Riane.

In an interview with Fubar Radio, he revealed that since leaving the villa, he’s received abuse “as worse as you can imagine”, including threats to both himself and his family.

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Danny Williams

“I’ve had it all. And it’s still happening today. Daily,” he explained. “When it’s racist and it’s threats and you have to get the police involved that’s next level. And it got to that extent.

“I’m going to bed at night, I go on my phone like everybody else does, and you see some of the people saying they’re going to come and kill me or, ‘You’re a horrible sick f’ and whatever.”

He added: “Everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but there’s never an excuse for that kind of stuff. It’s horrible.”

Amy Hart has also spoken about the online abuse she’s received since choosing to leave the villa, admitting she’s had to mute harmful words on social media to avoid seeing them on her timeline.

Following the suicides of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis within the space of a year, Love Island producers made changes to this year’s aftercare process, including more therapy sessions after Islanders leave the villa and more preparation for what they should expect once their time on the show is over.

Useful websites and helplines:

  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: help@themix.org.uk
  • Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on www.rethink.org.
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