Deborah Gradon tragically lost her Love Island star daughter Sophie in 2018 (Picture: ITV/Twitter)
Sophie Gradon’s mother Deborah has a brain tumour due to the stress of losing her daughter in 2018.
Love Island star Sophie was a contestant on the 2016 version of the show and tragically took her own life two years later at the age of 32.
After suffering blurred vision and loss of balance following former Miss Great Britain Sophie’s suicide, Deborah visited a specialist to discuss her health.
Deborah told the Daily Mirror: ‘I was told I had an endocrine tumour in my pituitary gland in my brain. He said it could have well been due to the stress of everything.
‘It’s not cancerous but by the sheer virtue of where it is in my pituitary gland, it is dangerous.
‘I get chronic fatigue. I live every day wondering whether I will wake up blind or with a brain bleed because the tumour is putting pressure on my pituitary.’
Sophie appeared on Love Island in 2016 (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Deborah is currently waiting for the results of a scan which will determine if she needs surgery or medicine.
Reality star Sophie’s mother went on to say more needs to be done to tackle online trolls who leave cruel taunts in the comment sections on social media.
She said: ‘I don’t want Sophie’s death to be in vain.
‘We’re looking here at the next destructive force within society and the Government needs to do more.
‘If a beautiful, clever girl can be destroyed by public humiliation, then anyone can.’
Deborah saw the abuse her daughter was getting firsthand and she managed Sophie’s social media accounts while she was in the Love Island villa.
Deborah added: ‘One troll posted “I hope you get cancer”. Another one said “Look at Sophie’s eyelashes. Aren’t they pathetic.”
‘The comments went from one extreme to another but I could see the impact they were having.
‘We rarely mention Sophie’s name. You are looking at the person you share your life with and it’s the hardest thing to acknowledge their pain and agony too.
‘Every day feels like we’re living a nightmare.’