Love Island: Joe Garratt whisked away by show bosses following Lucie Donlan ‘gaslighting’ uproar

Joe Garratt

by Marianna Manson |

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ITV bosses are considering their next move with Joe Garratt after he was booted off Love Island in Tuesday night’s episode

Concerns have arisen following backlash against Joe’s behaviour in the Love Island villa, where he was accused of emotionally manipulating his partner, Lucie Donlan.

In particular, fans were concerned that Joe was “gaslighting” Lucie after he told her he wasn’t happy with her friendship with Tommy Fury and told her, “I think it’s time for you to get close with the girls.”

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And now that he’s been booted off, ITV bosses are taking their revised duty of care seriously as they decide how best to help Joe handle the national-scale criticism.

Following the suicides of two former Love Islanders, earlier this year Love Island bosses announced a more thorough duty of care to their contestants, with dedicated mental health specialists, saying, “The processes and the support offered to Islanders have necessarily evolved as the show has developed and grown in popularity.

“The aim throughout has been to identify vulnerabilities at an early stage so that necessary adjustments can be made or potential Islanders can be advised that the show is not right for them.”

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Yesterday, domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid issued a warning about spotting the early signs of abuse, after viewers called out Joe’s worrying behaviour on Twitter.

“Massively insecure, gaslighting Lucie, attempting to control who Lucie’s spending time with; Joe is a genuinely dangerous person,” said one commenter.

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Meanwhile, Lucie’s been also having problems with the girls in the villa, and Love Island producers were forced to confirm they’d been in touch with her family to ensure her welfare.

“We have always ensured that the families of Islanders have the contact details of key members of our production team and there is always an open line of communication,” a spokesperson said.

“We have always offered support to families where appropriate and when requested."

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in a relationship, call the Freephone 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Women’s Aid in partnership with Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.

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