Love Island’s Greg O’Shea was sent ‘hate and death threats’ on social media which left him feeling ‘down’
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Despite winning Love Island in 2019, Greg O'Shea has opened up about being sent hate and death threats online, which ended up having a negative effect on his self-confidence.
The rugby player, who revealed the reason behind his break up with Amber Gill, said he was still receiving positive messages but could only focus on the bad ones.
The 25 year old told The Sun: "When all that hate and death threats started coming, I did delve into it.
"I'll be in the depths of comments on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, reading horrible stuff about myself.
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"I noticed after a while I was feeling really down on myself and I started getting less confident and things like that," he expressed.
"That's probably what is so dangerous about social media nowadays. I feel so sorry for young teenagers that are coming up and social media is their life, everything's on it."
The Love Island star went on to explain that he is glad he didn't grow up with social media and hopes the negativity will eventually stop.
He continued: "It's so dangerous that they're just naturally going to go towards negativity and negative comments.
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"I'm kind of glad I just missed the boat in growing up with social media because I think that's just such a scary idea. I hope humans will adapt and get over that negativity thing."
Greg admitted he doesn't regret going on Love Island but wasn't prepared for what would come his way following his exit from the villa.
"I never regretted going on but I probably was not ready for how nuts people can be and what people can generate just from typing on a keypad," the Irish native shared.
"[I had] young girls from Britain messaging me [telling me] to throw myself off balconies and things like that.
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"It was like where are they even coming up with these things. Telling my mom she's given birth to a little p***k.
"There's been a few deaths by suicide through Love Island so that just shows you that if you don't have your balance, it can really get at you."
The television personality, who recalled a creepy moment when a fan followed him home, entered the villa on day 44 and immediately coupled up with Amber Gill.
The pair went all the way to the final, and ended up winning the show and prize fund, beating fan-favourites Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague.
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