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Love Island’s Georgia Harrison defends show in wake of Mike Thalassitis’ death: ‘I feel sorry for them’

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Georgia Harrison attends the European Premiere of 'Rampage' at Cineworld Leicester Square on April 11, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Georgia Harrison has spoken in defence of Love Island [Karwai Tang/WireImage]

Georgia Harrison has spoken in defence of Love Island after the blame put on them for Mike Thalassitis’ death.

The 24 year old appeared on the 2017 series of the hit ITV2 dating show — a year before Mike did.

Mike was tragically found hanged in a park near his Essex home at the age of 26 last month.

Floral tributes have been left for Mike Thalassitis, who has died at the age of 26Mike Thalassitis tragically died last month [Neil Mockford/GC Images]

Since his death, an overwhelming number of former cast members spoke out against the show, blasting their aftercare system.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21:  (L-R) Mike Thalassitis and Megan McKenna attend Kisstory On The Common 2018 at Streatham Common on July 21, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21:  (L-R) Mike Thalassitis and Megan McKenna attend Kisstory On The Common 2018 at Streatham Common on July 21, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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However, Georgia has now said it’s “not fair” to put the blame for Mike’s death on the show.

Speaking to heatworld, Georgia said: “Personally, in terms of production within Love Island, they’ve always been amazing with me.

TOWIE star Georgia Harrison joins Love IslandGeorgia starred in the second series of Love Island [ITV]

“They’ve always been really supportive. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me.”

She continued: “I feel sorry for the production coming under target at the moment.

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“I know a lot of it obviously revolves around Mike, but no one knows what he was going through at the time and people shouldn’t have preconceived opinions on it.

Love Island's Sophie Gradon's ex is rumoured to be involved with Marnie SimpsonGeorgia starred alongside Sophie Gradon, who also tragically died by suicide [ITV2]

"Only he knows how he felt at the time and it’s not fair to blame Love Island at all. I’m really happy with the aftercare, personally."

Following Mike’s death, ITV bosses spoke out against the backlash — denying a link between the show and the deaths of Mike and another former cast member, Sophie Gradon

Speaking to the Broadcasting Press Guild, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said: "I would also say that I don't think anybody has made a direct link between what happened to Mike and Love Island.

"That would be an extremely tenuous thing to do given he was very happy on Love Island and all his mates have said that and that he's done two other reality programmes since then.”

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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