A LOVE Island bombshell has revealed she is “devastated” after finding out her best friend has been diagnosed with cancer
Coco Lodge, 27, shot to fame last year on the ITV2 reality show during Casa Amor.
But today the reality star revealed the sad news that her friend Alex has breast cancer.
Taking to Instagram, she posted a picture of her friend, and wrote: “My beautiful friend @alexjean10 has been diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 31.
“I am devastated by the news. Alex is so bubbly and amazing and the strongest woman.”
She ended the post with an option for fans to help raise fund for Alex’s treatment.
Coco previously revealed that she had a tough time on Love Island.
During her 12 days on the show last year, she hooked up with Andrew Le Page in Casa Amor, but it all ended in tears when the estate agent dumped her to get back together with Tasha Ghouri.
After leaving the villa graphic designer and former shot girl Coco told The Sun that she faced a barrage of abuse .
She revealed trolls made shockingly cruel comments about her appearance, and were relentlessly cruel to her.
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A Love Island spokesperson told The Sun that Islanders receive numerous explanations detailing the positive and negative aspects of taking part, including the response from viewers.
Welfare services including counselling, training to deal with social media, guidance and advice are offered, as well as a “proactive care package” of support.
Coco turned down the counselling offered by the ITV show, despite branding its aftercare “great”, and sought help from former Islanders instead.
Coco – real name Chloe – says she was approached by Love Island scouts on Instagram, but at the time was already in talks to appear on rival dating show Married At First Sight.
She eventually chose Love Island, reportedly leaving Channel 4 bosses “fuming”, but admits she used the same audition tape for both.
“I remember the casting person for MAFS was obsessed with my audition tape, they said it was the best they had ever seen,” Coco tells us.
“So when Love Island approached I thought, ‘Why make another when this one is so iconic?’ and kind of cheated by sending that one in.”