Love Island’s Tasha was bullied by anonymous trolls sending ‘horrible’ messages 


‘They told me to “get cancer and die”‘: Love Island’s Tasha was bullied by anonymous trolls sending ‘horrible’ messages

She’s been catapulted into the limelight as one of 11 singletons in the this year’s Love Island villa.

But 23-year-old Tasha Ghouri, who’s a model and dancer, was targeted by online bullies at just 14, receiving a wave of abusive messages.

Attacked via anonymous question platform Ask.FM, Tasha, who is Love Island’s first deaf contestant, revealed that she would receive messages telling her to ‘get cancer and die’.

Vicious: Love Island's Tasha Ghouri was bullied by anonymous trolls sending 'horrible' messages when she was just 14

Vicious: Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri was bullied by anonymous trolls sending ‘horrible’ messages when she was just 14

Appearing on BBC News in 2012 with her dad Tarek Ghouri, Tasha and her dad explained the extent of the hate, and detailed fighting back against the tyrants by beginning a campaign at her school at the time. 

Tarek explained: ‘My daughter was being abused online. I researched it and was horrified to see ask.fm allowed anonymous posts. I felt compelled to do something.

‘I raised awareness with the school because even though it happens out of school the impact happens in school.’

Awful: Attacked via anonymous question platform Ask.FM, Tasha, who is Love Island's first deaf contestant, revealed that she would receive messages telling her to 'get cancer and die'

Awful: Attacked via anonymous question platform Ask.FM, Tasha, who is Love Island’s first deaf contestant, revealed that she would receive messages telling her to ‘get cancer and die’

Adding that she was called ‘flat chested’ by the ‘horrible’ trolls, Tasha chimed in: ‘Some of the comments were, “go and get cancer, you don’t belong here, go and die, go and hang yourself, you’re flat chested, your family’s ugly”.

‘It’s horrible things. One of my friends has now gone very quiet. She has no idea how to handle it. She’s really upset by it — I know she is,’ she explained.

Tasha, who wears a cochlear implant is a campaigner for hearing loss, and has vowed to donate half of the £50,000 cash prize to a charity for deaf children if she wins the reality TV show.

Targeted: Adding that she was called 'flat chested' by the 'horrible' trolls, Tasha chimed in: 'Some of the comments were, "go and get cancer, you don't belong here, go and die, go and hang yourself, you're flat chested, your family's ugly"

Targeted: Adding that she was called ‘flat chested’ by the ‘horrible’ trolls, Tasha chimed in: ‘Some of the comments were, “go and get cancer, you don’t belong here, go and die, go and hang yourself, you’re flat chested, your family’s ugly”

Charitable: Tasha, who wears a cochlear implant is a campaigner for hearing loss, and has vowed to donate half of the £50,000 cash prize to a charity for deaf children if she wins the reality TV show

Charitable: Tasha, who wears a cochlear implant is a campaigner for hearing loss, and has vowed to donate half of the £50,000 cash prize to a charity for deaf children if she wins the reality TV show

Speaking ahead of entering the villa, she explained: ‘If I did win Love Island my plan is to give 50 per cent of it away to The National Deaf Children’s Society, I have raised money for charities before and it’s something I love to do and to give back.’

Tasha, from North Yorkshire, was born ‘completely deaf’ and was forced to ‘overcome a lot of obstacles’ growing up with a disability she now calls her ‘superpower’. 

She recently told MailOnline that her parents learned she was deaf when she was 12 months old and she had a cochlear implant fitted when she was five years old. 

‘I was born completely deaf. My parents found out when I was 12 months old, I got a cochlear implant when I was five, which was quite late on,’ she said.

Continuing: ‘Growing up I had to overcome a lot of obstacles, I’ve had speech therapy, a lot of hearing rehab but overcoming those obstacles has made me who I am today.’ 

Superpower: Tasha, from North Yorkshire, was born 'completely deaf' and was forced to 'overcome a lot of obstacles' growing up with a disability she now calls her 'superpower'

Superpower: Tasha, from North Yorkshire, was born ‘completely deaf’ and was forced to ‘overcome a lot of obstacles’ growing up with a disability she now calls her ‘superpower’ 

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