Love Island's Coco Lodge shuns show's support system as she relies on help from ex-stars | The Sun

LOVE Island's Coco Lodge has revealed she's shunned the show's support system and is relying on help from ex-stars.

The 27-year-old has chosen not to continue with counselling offered by ITV after leaving the show.

Instead she's turned to former show stars to confide in.

Speaking on Celebrity Skin Talk, Coco said: "They've been great from the show.

We have welfare support, which is great, but personally it wasn't for me for me.

"Other Love islanders helped and support me. 

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"Samira met me when I got home, and others from the past like Dr Alex DMed me, Brent and Scott.

"AJ Bunker has really been there and supported me. They all experienced some sort of hate after leaving too."

ITV has an extensive list of duty of care protocols while welfare services offered to islanders include comprehensive psychological support, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, a proactive aftercare package which extends support to all Islanders following their participation on the show and guidance and advice on taking on management after the show.

A welfare team is also solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

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This week, Coco defended her co-stars following bullying claims that attracted 1,500 Ofcom complaints.

The boys – including Luca Bish and Dami Hope – were slammed for"misogynistic behaviour" towards the girls in the aftermath of the Snog, Marry, Avoid game.

Coco said: "People were laughing at me when I was standing on my own after being last to get picked and Deji stood up for me."

However, she insisted: "It's not bullying, it's banter.

"I didn't see any bullying when I was there."

But asked if she would ever return to Love Island, Coco opened up about her challenging experience.

She said: "Yes I would but only if I was there from the beginning, not a bombshell .

"The way this year went, when a bombshell went in, no one was interested.

"Even they did fancy you they weren't interested in getting to know you.

"It was really hard.

"I never wanted to be an original. I wanted to bring the bombshell energy vibe in, but this year they didn't stand a chance.

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"My experience was going into Casa Amor and catching feelings for someone and then going into the villa and not getting the best welcome, then being upset and leaving.

"It's not the experience I ever wanted to have."

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