The cast of Love Island have been told of Sophie Gradon’s apparent suicide, Mirror Online can confirm.
The Islanders were told after one of them was evicted from the villa last night in the latest recoupling, which will be shown on tonight’s show.
But after one of the single girls left, the cameras were switched off and the remaining cast mates told to gather round to hear some shocking news.
“The Islanders have been told the news off camera,” a senior ITV source told us.
“The evicted Love Island cast member would have been informed separately after the recoupling.”
It’s believed that Ellie Brown , who was a friend of Sophie’s from Newcastle, has decided to remain in the villa.
While the Islanders are supposed to go without contact with the outside world, they are given a day off each week to leave the villa and wander around the local town.
Producers would have been concerned that they may hear rumours or snippets of the news from locals, so may have taken the decision to tell them about Sophie to minimise any confusion or upset.
Just a few days ago, Sophie took to Twitter to excitedly tell her fans that her mate was heading into the villa.
One fan replied: “Please tell me shes Adams Ex.”
And Sophie said: “She’s not Adams ex. But…. it’s a small town.”
As it transpired, Ellie’s best friend used to date Adam.
It came after a friend of Sophie’s confirmed her body was found by boyfriend Aaron Armstrong at her parent’s house on Wednesday.
Police were called and said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, which is thought to be by suicide.
She had moved in temporarily to house sit for her mum and dad while they enjoyed some time away.
But a friend said Sophie had given no sign of feeling depressed or down when she arrived, and appeared to be in “good spirits”, despite having spoken out against online bullies just weeks before her death.
“She was house-sitting for her family who had gone away on holiday,” the pal told the Sun .
“She had seemed in good spirits, and had offered to come over to Medburn to stay in the house while they were away.
“They had seen no cause for concern.”