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20th Jun 2018

Domestic abuse charity warns Love Island viewers about Adam’s behaviour

Women's Aid has said that the contestant's behaviour showed clear warning signs of 'gaslighting and emotional abuse'

Jade Hayden

A domestic abuse charity has warned Love Island viewers about Adam’s behaviour.

Last night, Rosie confronted Adam about how much he had hurt her by dumping her for newcomer Zara.

She said: “I don’t think you have any idea how much you’ve hurt me and how much you’ve really upset me. The worst thing is, I don’t think you actually care. You’re like stone.”

Adam responded to Rosie with a series of smirks as well as denial, stating that it was “debatable” that he wouldn’t be happy if he was “always looking for more.”

He also blamed Rosie for “pushing him away” and for being jealous.

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UK charity Women’s Aid has said that the contestant’s behaviour showed clear warning signs of “gaslighting and emotional abuse.”

Chief Executive Katie Ghose said:

“On the latest series of Love Island, there are clear warning signs in Adam’s behaviour.

“In a relationship, a partner questioning your memory of events, trivialising your thoughts or feelings, and turning things around to blame you can be part of pattern of gaslighting and emotional abuse.”

Ghose went on to ask that women continue to call out “unacceptable behaviour” as Rosie did on the show last night.

She said:

“We ask viewers to join her in recognising unhealthy behaviour in relationships and speaking out against all forms of domestic abuse – emotional as well as physical.

“It is only when we make a stand together against abuse in relationships that we will see attitudes change and an end to domestic abuse.”

Gaslighting is a form of emotional manipulation that causes the person being gaslighted to begin questioning their feelings, memories, or sanity.

A person who is gaslighting tends to do so to gain control over a situation, making the person being targeted believe that they are the cause of the suffering.