The first few hours after leaving the Love Island villa can be strange and nerve-wracking experience.
For those dumped contestants cruelly ripped away from their partners – and that luxury villa – adjusting to the ‘real world’ can be pretty unsettling.
Luckily, as Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar will be discovering, an ITV crew is on hand to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.
And this year the aftercare of each contestant has been stepped up a gear to protect their wellbeing as they get used to their new found fame.
Previous evictees of the show have revealed exactly what happens when you wave goodbye to your cast-mates and the cameras switch off.
Star of 2017, Jonny Mitchell previously told that islanders dumped before the final are immediately driven to a ‘lockdown villa in the middle of nowhere.’
While they meet with ITV crew, the contestants are not yet allowed to speak to their family or friends.
Jonny explained: “You still don’t have any real concept of what’s happened but I had a pretty good idea of what was going on because I had a good chaperone. He was feeding me bits of information.
“But it’s boring, there’s nothing to do there,” he continued. “I’d just had five weeks of sunbathing so I didn’t really want to do anymore.”
After some downtime, islanders are finally handed back their mobile phones to speak to their loved ones… and marvel at their new found popularity.
Faced with thousands of missed Whatsapp messages, memes and Twitter comments, the contestants can expect to find themselves the latest stars of social media.
But with the good also comes the bad, as the evicted stars also have to debriefed on all the negative publicity they’ve skipped while living unawares in the villa.
After making last year’s final, Megan Barton Hanson said her joy turned to horror after an ITV press officer pulled her to one side to show her just some of the stories that had been circulating about her.
“Nothing could have prepared me for the full extent of it,” she told iNews. “A friend who was running my social media had to turn off the comments, as I was receiving death threats and 99 per cent were slut-shaming me.”
After their time on Love Island has come to an end, every contestant is required to have a meeting with the show’s resident psychologist.
2017 finalist Chris Hughes said: “We all had our own little slots where we’d go just outside the villa and sit in a cabin with her, in her office. We had individual chats to make sure everything’s OK.
“Everyone who comes out of the show comes out into a different life,” he added.
Speaking of her own experience, series two contestant Malin Andersson said: “And then you go to Palma airport, on your own, and then boom, you’re in reality.”
Once back in Blighty, the contestants have to get used to their new found fame – having had their daily antics aired to an audience of millions on TV every night.
Series three star Chloe Crowhurst said of her experience: “I get recognised a lot, I get pictures taken of me all the time. But that’s what you’ve got to expect.”
As Joe Garratt became the latest islander to be axed from the latest series it was reported he’d immediately gone into hiding following a fierce public backlash.
Joe, 22, was dramatically split from his partner Lucie Donlan in emotional scenes.
Lucie got to stay along with Anton Danyluk, and Joe got booted with the Scottish hunk’s partner Elma.
He was seen leaving the villa with his suitcase before disappearing off-screen.
The sandwich seller is now holed up in a hotel in Majorca along with Elma where they will remain in hiding before flying back to Britain.
Love Island continues tonight on ITV2 at 9pm