LOVE Island star Michael Griffiths received horrific threats after he appeared on the ITV dating show.
The 29-year-old rose to fame on the 2019 season of the popular reality series, but faced a barrage of abuse when he got home from the iconic villa.
Love Island’s Michael Griffiths opened up about the horrific abuse he has facedCredit: Instagram
He has now opened up about the death threats and ‘keyboard warriors’ telling him to ‘kill himself’.
“I guess…when I first came out I was getting quite a lot of death threats. People telling me to kill myself,” he told Daily Star.
“There were people telling me they knew where I lived and stuff like that and they were going to do things when they see me.
“But nothing ever came from it, I’m not gonna live my life in fear because somebody is a bit of a keyboard warrior.”
Trolls told him to ‘kill himself’ and sent him death threats after appearing on the showCredit: Rex Features
Producers suggested he go to the police but he thought he could handle it himselfCredit: Instagram
He added: “The way I see it is, if they’re gonna do it, they’re gonna do it. I can’t stop it so I’m not going to live my life in fear.
“As a kid, I used to look over my shoulder all the time, but I’m not doing that anymore.”
“When you come off the show, the show kind of gives everybody therapists, you have to talk to them for a while.
“They asked me things like this and I told them a little bit and they said I should go to the police and report it. I never really did, I just thought I can handle it myself.”
Michael split from his Love Island girlfriend Ellie Brown at the beginning of last yearCredit: Instagram
Michael was thankful he ended up being safe, especially have people have come to know him better away from Love Island.
“I kind of feel like as time has gone on, people have seen who I actually am, like the kind of person I am and they’ve realised that I’m not what they’ve seen in a one-hour slot on seven weeks on TV,” he said.
“There were some arguments that did take place, and there were some that I had to calm down.
“There were some bits that were missed that could have been crucial to argument but it doesn’t really bother me anymore, because it’s in the past now.
He said he’s now in ‘focus mode’ and concentrating on his careerCredit: Refer to Caption
“Things have been rectified and forgotten about. I don’t hold grudges so there’s no animosity on my side.”
Last year, he had reportedly coupled up with model Bethan Sowerby as the pair jetted off on holiday to Dubai.
He was said to be “all over” his new flame, Mancunian model Bethan, who competed on Britain’s Next Top Model.
A source close to the couple said they made their romance official and were completely “smitten” with each other.
Michael was briefly linked to model Bethan SowerbyCredit: Instagram
The insider told the MailOnline: “Michael and Bethan are completely smitten with each other.
“Usually they’re both so busy with work and travel, but the last few weeks has given them the chance to really get to know each other.
He will be touring later this year with Dream BoysCredit: Instagram
This was the first romance for Michael since splitting up with Love Island co-star Ellie Brown, 22, earlier in 2020.
When asked about his current relationship status, he told the Star that he was currently focused on his career.
He’s joining his fellow Love Islanders Chris Taylor, Jordan Hames and Danny Williams in a new reality show filmed in their shared house.
The awesome foursome, who first shot to fame during their stint on the 5th series of the ITV reality show in 2019, have shot their very own MTV series.
Michael filmed a reality series with fellow Love Islanders Chris Taylor, Jordan Hames and Danny WilliamsCredit: Rex
The boys moved in to their bachelor pad, located in Essex, during the summer when lockdown restrictions started to ease.
They have filmed all the footage for the new programme Living The Dream themselves and can’t wait to give fans a glimpse into what their life is life from their eyes.
Speaking out about their exciting new project, Michael, 29, told OK! Magazine: “We’re not exactly strangers to filming ourselves and being on camera and now MTV is giving us the chance to film our own show; giving viewers unfiltered access into parts of our lives you wouldn’t see every day.”
He added: “Living with the boys has been a laugh and we can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been up to.”
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