Sasha Attwood has said she was sent 200 death threats a day during Euro 2020, many of them from teenaged girls.
The girlfriend of England footballer Jack Grealish said social media is “toxic” and that it is “really sad” teenagers as young as 13 thought it was acceptable to send abuse online.
Attwood, a 25-year-old model, said she keeps private things off social media “because people are so mean”.
Jack Grealish’s girlfriend was abused online. Pic: Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture-alliance/dpa/AP
She added: “This whole thing since it’s come out has just shown me that people are literally so mean.
“Genuinely, I was receiving, like, 200 death threats a day. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that.
“So many messages, every single day, and I still get them now, all day every day: ‘I hope you die’, ‘I hope you get cancer and die’, ‘I hope your whole family die’, ‘I hope the next time when you’re in the car you crash it and die’, ‘I hope after Wembley you die’.”
She said: “I never realised how bad it actually was, and the scary thing is it’s young girls.
“I’d go on these girls’ accounts who have sent me stuff and they’re literally like 13, 14, and it’s so sad.
“I try and put it down to age, but then I think I was never like that at that age. I never sent a message like that.
“I just think it’s so toxic, social media, and it’s really sad that these generations are growing up thinking that it’s okay to say things like that.”
The Sun reported that Instagram has launched an investigation following Ms Attwood’s remarks and that TikTok had removed comments highlighted by the newspaper.
England lost the final of the European Championship to Italy on penalties.