Love Island’s Zara Holland has revealed that the show left her feeling depressed and “haunted”.
Her former co-star, Sophie Gradon, tragically died from a reported suicide last Wednesday, leaving fans and fellow contestants devastated.
And speaking out following her heartbreaking death, Zara, 22, revealed that she’d had her own battles after leaving the ITV2 dating show.
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Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I changed as a person. I didn’t want to go out or socialise. I came out of Love Island and they didn’t contact me.
“I didn’t hear from anyone. Love Island called me for the first time in two years on Thursday to ask if I was OK. Funny they call me now when something terrible has happened.
“People applying need to know how serious things can be.
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“They see a claim to fame, they don’t see that in ten years’ time, when you’re married with babies, you’ll still be haunted for the rest of your life.”
Former Miss Great Britain Zara faced controversy on the show after she was stripped of her title following a sexual encounter with Alex Bowen.
Following the show, she sought medical treatment after claiming she couldn’t stop “reliving it” in her mind.
“I was upset all the time and couldn’t stop crying. I was having bad anxiety too,” she said. “I had this shame and guilt I couldn’t get over.”
Zara’s co-star Sophie passed away aged 32, after also publicly struggling with anxiety and depression.
Speaking about her friend, she said: “We did a talk together in March. I’d told her about my depression. I’ll miss that beautiful woman terribly.”
ITV told the publication: “All islanders are offered psychological support before, during and after their stay in the villa, and in the event that a former Islander was struggling and came to us for help we would do our best to provide this.”
OK! Online have contacted ITV for comment.