Love Island UK wannabes will be required to pass Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) checks and new mental health tests after the tragic death of Mike Thalassitis.
Show producers will request swab, urine and blood samples months before filming, and have extra sessions with the show’s psych team.
The new tests come after Love Island UK participant Mike Thalassitis took his own life last year after battling depression. In 2016, fellow contestant Sophie Gradon was found dead after suffering from anxiety.
A source told The Sun: “Bosses want stars to be safe mentally and physically. Their biggest nightmare would be someone contracting an STI, so potential contestants must have several rounds of medical tests.
“Advance sessions with counsellors and psychologists have been ramped up to ensure that everyone can handle the fame.
“They are prepared to cut potentially strong personalities from the line-up if there is any hint of mental instability.”
Earlier this year, Love Island UK show boss Richard Cowles brought in a government mental health adviser to review the show’s arrangements.
“Our duty of care is a continuous and ongoing process for each islander. This follows three key stages — pre-filming, filming and aftercare.”
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