Danny Bibby ‘gaslit’ Lucinda Strafford in Love Island villa, says women’s charity

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Women’s Aid charity have called out Love Island contestant Danny Bibby, 25, saying he “gaslit” fellow islander Lucinda Strafford, 21.

The plumber from Manchester was dumped from the island earlier this week with fellow newcomer AJ Bunker, 28, following a voting twist that saw the remaining Islanders decide who went.

His brief time in the villa was controversial as the show received over 1,000 complaints after fans found he had used a racial slur in an Instagram comment from 2019.

The Manchester lad set his sights on Lucinda as soon as he entered the villa and clashed with fellow islander Aaron over her.

Danny and Lucinda entered into a brief relationship but ended things after a few days.

Danny’s relationship with Lucinda was a cause for concern for charity Women’s Aid and also got viewers' backs up when he mocked Lucinda's voice in a conversation with the boys and pied her during a game of Snog, Marry, Pie after they had a minor disagreement.

Charity Women’s Aid spoke about their concern about his behaviour on the show.

Teresa Parker, Head of Media and Communications at Women's Aid, told the DailyMail: "Our team at Women's Aid watched Danny and Lucinda’s relationship develop and became increasingly concerned with his behaviour towards her on screen, including what looked like gaslighting, possessiveness, and manipulation.

"This is clearly not what a healthy relationship looks like, and these are all tactics used by perpetrators of abuse."

The term “gaslighting” refers to an act of psychological manipulation where someone is coerced into doubting their actions and making them feel responsible for something out of their control by another individual.

Teresa continued: "We urge the producers of Love Island to recognise the signs of abusive behaviour when it is happening on the show, as this is not the first time it has happened. Abuse should not be used for entertainment, and producers need to know when to step in."

A spokesman for the show reiterated to OK! their commitment to looking after the welfare of all contestants who take part in the show.

The spokesman told OK!: “We take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.

"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera. All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa.

“Islanders are always able to reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need. We will of course continue to monitor all of our Islanders in line with our robust protocols.”

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