The family of Love Island contestant Eyal Booker have revealed they have received death threats following his recent actions on the show.
Eyal has not exactly been popular with viewers in the last 48 hours or so after he kissed Megan Barton Hanson in front of Alex George as she deliberated over choosing between the two.
In the end, she went with Eyal in the recoupling, though it seems some fans' anger went a bit too far, as Eyal's brother Ariel revealed that the family received "disgusting death threats".
"I had to watch through my hands. Last night it was a little hard to take the hate that he was getting," he told Heart. "People have said very nasty things, it's crazy that people can make such disgusting comments.
"I understand it all comes with reality TV but I think sending someone death threats for kissing a girl in front of someone else is ridiculous. It was a huge shock for me because it's entertainment, so to threaten our family over it is very absurd."
However, Ariel said of his brother: "If people think Eyal is just going to sit back and let someone else have a go with a girl that he likes, that's ridiculous! It's fair game.
"They have been in the villa for 7 days – not 7 weeks, Eyal has not built a long lasting bond with Alex just yet.
"The boys have been nice to each other and have been friends in the villa but at the end of the day Eyal is single and Alex is also single – so when a new girl comes into the villa that they both like, it is fair game.
"I don't think people can expect any different, it's reality TV and most importantly, it's a competition and you have to couple up with someone."
He added: "If there was a chance that he didn't like Megan and was being spiteful to try and keep himself in the programme, then fair enough, but you can see he actually likes her and she likes him too because she has communicated that to him.
"He would never do anything that wasn't reciprocated – he's not a pest."
Love Island continues this evening (June 14) on ITV2 at 9pm.
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