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Curtis Pritchard's mum received death threats after he dumped Amy on Love Island

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-13

Curtis Pritchard ’s mother has revealed she was bombarded with death threats after the star dumped Amy Hart during 2019’s Love Island.

The 25-year-old entered the villa as one of the show’s first bombshells alongside Tommy Fury and quickly turned former cabin crew Amy’s head.

Despite many believing the pair would last the long haul, Curtis broke up with the 26-year-old to date Maura Higgins, which left viewers up in arms on social media.

Reflecting on the uproar two years on, Curtis’ mum Debi has revealed that she became the victim of “terrifying messages” telling her to “die” over the ballroom dancer’s decision to end things.

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Curtis pictured with mum Debi (Image: Pritchard family)

Writing in New! Magazine, Debi, who is also mother to AJ Pritchard, shared: "Initially, Curtis coupled up with Amy and he was getting so much love, but my mother's instinct told me it wasn't going to work out. It took a turn when he decided to break up with her.

"I got lots of terrifying messages telling me I should die, and Curtis should die. It took me by surprise - as a mum, it was hard to deal with and it made it cry.

Adding: "It would have been easy for Curtis to stick with Amy and maintain his popularity, but he wasn't compromising himself for the sake of a television show and I was proud of him for doing the right thing."

Debi also admitted that she "cried for Amy" when Curtis ended their romance but knew he "would feel terrible" about breaking her heart.

Debi's frank confession comes after it was revealed earlier this month that police were probing death threats sent to Love Island hopeful Chloe Burrows.

The 25-year-old has been viciously trolled since Wednesday night's show when she chose to couple up with Aaron Francis, leaving Shannon Singh single.

Chloe's family said they understood the "frustration" around Shannon's eviction, but Chloe, from Bicester, Oxon, "does not deserve to die" as a result.

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The dancer was paired up with Amy at the time - but ultimately split with her on the show (Image: amyhartxo/Instagram)

The vile posts come a year after the suicide of host Caroline Flack - herself an outspoken critic of online abuse.

Referring to Caroline, as well as former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, Chloe's family said: "Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?"

All three died by suicide, although their deaths were not linked to the show.

Chloe's family added: "We are extremely disappointed and saddened by the threats. We appear to have normalised this type of behaviour. This cannot continue. We must stand tall and demand change from online platforms."

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Chloe Burrows has received death threats since starring on Love Island

Love Island bosses also slammed the trolls, saying in a statement: "We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all of our cast and their friends and family members.

"Last night's episode created strong reactions but some viewers' posts were wholly unacceptable. We take these matters extremely seriously and will support cast members and their families in reporting such posts.

"We would once again urge all of our viewers to think before posting, and remember that our Islanders are people with feelings."

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