Sophie Gradon talks suicide and impact of online abuse in last interview before death
Sophie Gradon spoke about the damaging effects of online abuse just months before she died, aged 32.
Speaking to Radio Aire, Sophie opened up about her own experiences with online trolls after exiting the Love Island villa in 2016.
“The harsh reality is, it can end up with that victim taking their own life,” she said. “And as you’ve seen in the media, that has happened. Can you imagine being responsible for that?”
The reality TV star continued: “Yes there is positivity and there are fans and people who love you, but human nature, we like to focus on the negative, so I would go looking for it.
“And comment after comment, they are commenting on the way you look, the way you talk. They would come up with an opinion of you on a TV show where they’ve watched you for 45 minutes. And you’ve probably only been on ten minutes and its cut down from 24 hours.
“It was very hard to deal with because you take it like you’re being judged for you as a person. And they don’t know you. And it can really get into your mind and really affect you.”
Sophie was joined by her friend and another participant of the 2016 Love Island series, Zara Holland, who added: “Trolls are horrible and cyber bullies are horrible… When you put yourself in that situation it’s hard not to look.”
Sophie’s body was found at her home in Medburn on Wednesday, June 20. Police have confirmed there are no “suspicious circumstances surrounding her death”.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson told The Mail Online: “At about 8.27pm yesterday, police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”