Former Gogglebox star Paige Deville says she’s been targeted by trolls sending her death threats since quitting the show.
The 25-year-old Birmingham lass left the show in early September, announcing her exit as the latest series aired and declaring she had received “zero aftercare support” from the show’s producers.
Now elaborating on her experience in filming, Deville has revealed she has been targeted by hateful comments including more than one death threat.
"I received a lot of positive messages when I left the show from people online,” she told BirminghamLive.
"But I also received a lot of hate. Really nasty stuff.
“One person said 'just kill yourself'. I have lots of hateful messages like that.
You know you’re winning when you don’t attach your happiness to anything or anyone 🦋 pic.twitter.com/j2P660OOvu
— Paige Deville (@Paige_deville) October 17, 2021
"This is why I spoke out like I did about the lack of aftercare support shown by Channel 4 bosses. You need advice and support to deal with it. I am not a celebrity just a normal person and it is difficult.”
At the time of Deville’s initial accusations, a representative for Gogglebox said: "The welfare of contributors – past and present – is of paramount importance and robust protocols are in place to support contributors before, during and after taking part in the series.”
But Deville said that the death threats were the perfect example of where she needed support, and said: “This is the kind of abuse you have to deal with. I am quite a strong person and I can deal with it the majority of the time.
“But there are times when I do feel down and I read that and it is just horrible.”
Deville and her mum Sally Hayward joined Gogglebox back in 2014, but a recent personal fallout has meant that the pair are no longer in contact.
In a series of Twitter messages, Deville said the row was a ‘family matter’ and nothing to do with their decision to leave Gogglebox.
In a brief Twitter statement, Paige has said while the show was ‘an experience’, she will no longer be part of it.
She wrote: “I have made the decision to walk away from Gogglebox. It’s been an experience but one I cannot continue with due to long hours of filming, restrictiveness, control of our actions and opinions & zero aftercare support but hey who cares about ex cast, [they’re] NTA winners.”
Her outspoken comments about her reasons for leaving has been lambasted by frequent Celebrity Gogglebox star Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays, who branded her a ‘snowflake’ for needing aftercare.
Gogglebox airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.
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