Tuesday 17 July 2018

Love Island’s Gabby exposes racial abuse over relationship with Marcel

She shared screenshots of messages she received.

Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen (ITV)
Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen (ITV)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Love Island star Gabby Allen has spoken about the “disgusting” racial abuse she has received because of her relationship with co-star Marcel Somerville.

The couple found love on the ITV2 reality show but Allen said she has been “horrified” by some of the comments she has received on social media.

In a video posted on her Instagram stories, she said: “I have been reading through some of the messages I’ve received over the last few weeks and I’m absolutely horrified at the amount of disgusting racial abuse due to mine and Marcel’s relationship.

Allen on Instagram (Instagram)

“It is completely unacceptable and to know that this is still goes on in 2017 breaks my heart.

“I’ve grown up in multi-cultural and LGBTQIA environments all life and to know that this is still a thing, I’m mind blown.

“Hopefully it doesn’t, but if it goes on I’ll have no choice but to publicly name and shame every single one of you.”

Allen also shared screengrabs of some of the message she had received with the racial slurs and obscenities obscured.

She said: “Sorry for any distress this might have caused anyone, as you can see, behind the scenes isn’t always that pretty.”

Somerville and Allen came fourth on the dating show, losing out to Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies, who won the public vote.

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