Sasha Attwood, a 25-year-old model, described the abuse as “scary” and “on a whole other level” while also declaring social media as “toxic”.
In a video on her YouTube channel, Attwood said: “Things have obviously blown up over the Euros, but I never thought in a million years it would ever be this bad.”
Attwood first met Grealish when they were 16-year-olds at school. The pair reunited in June but had kept their new relationship discreet. Attwood was eventually spotted at Wembley during England’s Euro 2020 matches cheering her boyfriend on.
“This whole thing since it’s come out has just shown me that people are literally so mean,” she continued.
“Genuinely, I was receiving, like, 200 death threats a day. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that.
During the thirty-two minute YouTube video, Attwood details the abuse she received YouTube/Sasha Rebecca
“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 revealed her shock when she discovered the online trolls who were targeting her on Instagram and TikTok are younger girls.
“The scary thing is, it’s young girls. I go on these girls accounts who have sent me stuff, and they’re literally like 13 and 14,” she said.
“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.”
She added: “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.”
Instagram has launched an investigation following Attwood’s remarks, The Sun reported. TikTok also removed comments that the publication highlighted to them.
A spokesperson from Facebook - who also own Instagram - told Indy100: “We have strict rules against bullying and harassment on Instagram, and violent threats are completely unacceptable. We understand how distressing this is for Sasha and those who have experienced similar abuse, and we’re investigating.
“As DMs are private spaces, we encourage those receiving messages like this to report them so we can take action. We’ve also built tools to help protect people, including our Hidden Words feature, which allows people to filter abusive words, phrases or emojis from their comments or DMs, so they never have to see them.”
A spokesperson for TikTok told Indy100: “We have removed comments which breached our Community Guidelines and are not acceptable on TikTok.
“Our top priority is to promote a safe and positive experience so that everyone on TikTok can be free to express their creativity. That is why we continue to invest in our trust and safety teams and we would encourage all users to use our simple in-app reporting features to report any behaviour they believe violates our guidelines.”