The Circle's Manrika reveals horrific death threats and begs people to stop after feeling 'mentally drained'04/01/2021
THE Circle's Manrika Khaira has revealed she's been at the receiving end of horrific death threats.
The Channel 4 star took to her Instagram earlier this week to beg people to stop sending her abuse online, revealing that she's "mentally drained".
The reality TV star became a target for abuse after Dorothy (aka Scott) and Tally were voted into the bottom two by their fellow players in an episode that aired on Friday.
Viewers were left stunned by Andy's decision to block Tally – but taken aback when Manrika placed Tally last in the rankings to protect her 'Circle Boyfriend' Felix, who is really a military policewoman named Natalya.
Fans of the reality series then took to social media to blast her decision.
Addressing the social media abuse in a near 3-minute clip, the influencer said she's been receiving three hate messages a minute threating to kill her.
Manrika began: "I'm just mentally and physically drained. I'm so tired, I'm drained. I feel lifeless at the moment.
"I sat there yesterday with my mum and my dad and we were refreshing my message requests together and we worked out that I was getting three hate messages every minute and that's still going on now.
"These hate messages aren't just going, 'you're being a t**t', they're telling me to kill myself, go hang myself, people telling me that they're going to kill my family, kill me.
"They know where I live, if they ever see me out then this is going to happen."
Manrika said although she was aware of the negatives of appearing on TV she never could have predicted the flood of vile comments she would receive because of it.
"I knew doing TV would come with its ups and downs and I'm grateful that I had a social media platform before this that made me thick-skinned but even my mental health is taking a proper beating this weekend," she continued.
"I'm not doing this for sympathy, I'm just telling people to be mindful because there are people out there who aren't as thick-skinned as me
and the messages I've received could drive someone to do something stupid."
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The 25-year-old said: "I just want people to be really mindful because it's so bad like I can't tell you how bad.
"The same people that are sending me hate are the same people who would preach about being kind."
While Manrika agreed that "everybody is free to express their opinion", she asked her followers to be "mindful" of what they say online and thanked her family and friends for their support.
The Birmingham native shared: "You need to remember it's a TV show and the way things are edited is not as they seem and that's all I'm going to say on the situation because I'm contracted not to.
"Please be mindful going forward when you tweet someone who does reality TV, a game show, anybody, a TikToker. Just be mindful, be f***ing mindful.
Concluding the video, she admitted: "I'm really, really grateful I've got friends around me, family around me and most of you guys that are watching that do support me because I'd be f***ed if I didn't".
- If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 16123 or contact them online
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