Saturday 25 May 2019

'Death of Love Island stars is so shocking', says reality TV host Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy
Lucy Kennedy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV presenter Lucy Kennedy has said it is "so shocking" how some UK reality stars have died tragically in the past year after being catapulted to sudden fame.

Love Island's Mike Thalassitis took his own life last month, just eight months after the death of fellow reality star Sophie Gradon in June 2018.

Producers of the ITV2 show have since come under scrutiny as viewers question how much psychological support is given to participants after they leave the Majorca-based dating programme.

Dubliner Lucy has met scores of reality stars during her time making Living With Lucy, which is now in its fifth season, and expressed her concern at the tragedies.

Mike Thalassitis (Ian West/PA)
Mike Thalassitis (Ian West/PA)

"What is going on? I'm unfamiliar with the two people - I did hear about that poor chap - but I don't know what's going on with the whole reality thing," said Lucy.

"It's kind of a different world to what I know. I think they're just taken from nowhere and then just... I don't know. It's so shocking, it's so sad.

Sophie Gradon appeared on the show in 2016 (Joel Anderson/ITV/PA)
Sophie Gradon appeared on the show in 2016 (Joel Anderson/ITV/PA)

"Two very young people. I would like to think there's aftercare but maybe there isn't."

She also revealed that she's gearing up to film her final instalment of Living With Lucy, which sees the presenter moving in with a celebrity for 48 hours.

"That's going to go out in September," she said.

"Then I've got a sneaky new gig. I'll be doing an entertainment show with someone who actually cracks me up."

The Ireland's Got Talent presenter declined to say anything more about the forthcoming show, except that she is "very excited" about it.

For the past few months, she was double-jobbing between TV and radio, given her early morning stint on Radio Nova with Colm Hayes.

"I love it and you can look shocking and just sit there in a trackie," she said.

"I love the radio. I scoot in literally on two wheels at 10 to six in the morning.

"It's pretty hardcore but I love it and it's with Colm so he's like one of my best pals in real life.

"We just have the chats, but after this I'm doing my final Living With Lucy."

The in-demand mum-of-three is also a shadow of her former self, after revealing how she lost more than 7lb thanks to her hectic schedule.

"I'm not going to the gym - I've got three babies. I've lost a good half a stone because this gig is so full-on," she said.

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