Love Island star Chloe Burrows' family speak out after disgusting trolling

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The family and friends of Love Island star Chloe Burrows have revealed that she has been subjected to shocking trolling online.

The contestant made her entrance into the villa soon after the first arrivals earlier this week, though has sadly been receiving "vile" posts and messages from some viewers since she made her debut.

Taking to Chloe's Instagram Stories, her family detailed some of the horrific abuse that she has received, reminding people to be kind as they detailed the ordeal of the past few days.

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"We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we've had enough after just 3 episodes," they began.

"We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM (see next story) encouraging Chloe to kill herself – there have been HUNDREDS."

Referring to the deaths of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and presenter Caroline Flack, they added: "Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike, and Caroline taught us nothing? Not only that, but people are flooding her inbox threatening to kill her themselves. People… this is a GAME show, there is a cash prize!"

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Last night's (June 30) episode saw Chloe choose to couple up with Aaron Francis, meaning Shannon Singh was sent home in a twist by producers.

Chloe's family continued: "We understand the frustration surrounding [Shannon's] eviction – we feel it too! She didn't deserve to leave so early but Chloe does not deserve to DIE because Shannon had to leave the villa! She will have had no idea of the repercussions of her decision prior to making it.

"We are not naïve. We know that this post won't put an end to trolling. All the advice we get is to 'ignore it' and 'block the trolls', sometimes it's not that easy. Our hope is that this just reminds some of you to #BeKind x".

Love Island airs on ITV2, and is available via catch up on ITV Hub.

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