Love Island 2018 star Rosie Williams has recalled the moment she urged ITV bosses to remove her off set as she reached ‘breaking point.’
The solicitor, 29, discussed how she muttered into her microphone that she needed time out from the cameras, in order to preserve her mental wellbeing, during a discussion on m ental health after Love Island alongside reality TV alumni Amy Hart and Yewande Biala at The Cambridge Union on Wednesday evening.
Rosie explained how she was pulled from filming after she urged bosses to give her a break when she struggled to deal with her love interest at the time, Adam Collard putting on an amorous display with Zara McDermott during a challenge segment on the looking for love series.
Recalling her thoughts at the time, as she was forced to watch Adam sat blindfolded as he applied make-up to Zara, who he later went on to date on the outside world, Rosie shared that she was fearful of being “completely humiliated” and told producers of the series she had enough.
Speaking at the prestigious university, Rosie said: “I could feel I was at breaking point, you know at that point, when you are doing the challenges you know you’re being filmed and I felt the whole world – well not the whole world – the whole nation is seeing me being completely humiliated by this guy. All I can do is let him do it as we were in the middle of a challenge .”
Telling how she spoke into her microphone so that the bosses could hear her, the brunette bombshell added: “I just remember saying ‘you need to get me out of here and get me off the set’.”
Rosie added that after that day she then went and met with the therapist who is on call for islanders taking part in the reality series in Spain.
Elsewhere during the discussion, Amy detailed how the contestants taking part in Love Island have access to therapy during their time on and after the show, but admitted it was tough for her to take the first step to talk to the qualified professional.
She told how the therapist was on call and staying 20 minutes away from the villa so could be contacted whenever needed and that bosses would ask every day if she wanted to speak to her.
Amy told how she refused help at first but after a fellow islander admitted they’d been to see the therapist that she then decided to go.
The former air hostess said: “So I was like ‘ok I will give it a go’ then literally I saw her every day, twice a day sometimes, and then when they tried to put me with a new therapist, when I left the villa, I was like ‘no, no, no’ and then 8 months with her on the outside!”
In 2020, reports emerged that Winter Love Island bosses put the cast through strict mental health tests in the wake of the tragic deaths of former contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.
The tests allegedly worked to ensure the new singletons would be able to cope with the overnight fame which comes with being a Love Island contestant.
A host of experts made the final call on who went into the villa ahead of the winter series but not show producers, according to reports.
All contestants had to fill in a questionnaire about mental health, followed by an interview with an expert and then a third meeting with a professional.
The final decision – made by the professional – was based on whether they are mentally well enough to cope with fame and all the ups and downs that come with it.
A source told The Sun : “Everyone who applies to the show now has to undergo the most stringent of interviews you can imagine to ensure that they are mentally fit and well to take part.
“And once they get through an initial interview there are separate checks made to make sure that everyone taking part is suitable to be on a show that comes with so much interest and puts young people under the spotlight.”
It came after ITV’s Richard Cowles shared the details of the show’s duty of care.
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He said: “Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance.
“We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.