LOVE Island star Josh Denzel has revealed that he and his 2018 co-stars have been offering each other extra support after news of Mike Thalassitis’ death broke earlier this month.
The 27-year-old star shared that he, Wes Nelson, 20, Jack Fowler, 22, and 22-year-old Adam Collard have a Whatsapp group – and they were quick to check in after learning that 2017 Love Island contestant Mike had tragically taken his own life.
Speaking to GQ magazine, the reality TV hunk said: “It’s so cool to know that people care and straight-up just want to look after you.
“Like, in our group chat with some of the Love Island boys, it’s me, Wes, Jack, Adam, we fully just said: ‘Yo, we’re always here for each other.
“‘If something’s s***ty and you don’t want to tell your close friends or your boys from home or whatever, we’re all experiencing the same stuff, so let us know.’”
However, Josh also found himself inundated with supportive messages away from the celebrity circuit after Mike’s death, admitting that he received dozens of texts from concerned pals.
He explained: “When the Mike news dropped, I must have had 20, 30 texts from boys that I know being like, ‘Listen, just a little note that I’m always here for you.
“‘If you ever get into a situation that you feel like that, you know I’m around.’”
Mike took his own life on 16 March – just months after fellow ex-Islander Sophie Gradon was found dead in a suspected suicide.
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The tragic deaths sparked a national debate on after care for reality stars, with Love Island bosses confirming that they have changed their safeguards for all of their former and future contestants.
It said that therapy will be offered to “all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us”.
They will also provide social media training and financial management advice.
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