Love Island’s Amy Hart: ‘ITV stepped in and made me eat again’

She's opened up about her experiences

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by William Marriott |

As World Mental Health Day (10th October) edges closer, Love Island's Amy Hart has opened up about her mental health.

It comes after many fans of the show questioned what ITV were doing to look after Amy, following her public split from Curtis Pritchard.

While Amy previously revealed she left the show to protect her mental health, she has said the Love Island aftercare team have been there for her, revealing all contestants have been promised a minimum of 18 months therapy, with more available if they would like it.

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Amy is the 26-year-old Islander from Sussex who has never had a boyfriend before.She worked as an air hostess and cabin crew manager for British Airways for eight years.On launch night, Amy announced on Instagram that she had left her old job to "start a new adventure."Amy has also taken part in beauty pageants and was crowned Miss United Kingdom in the Miss Beautiful International Pageant in 2017.

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Speaking to heat for part of their mental health campaign Where's Your Head At?, Amy candidly revealed she has had mental health issues in the past.

She said, "I have had mental health issues in the past but I was reluctant to accept it. I didn’t admit that I had anxiety until a couple of years after I first started my job flying at British Airways.

"My previous anxiety issues manifested within food. I would order the biggest dinner you’ve ever seen and take one bite and start shaking, crying and saying I can’t eat this anymore. I felt like wasn’t in control of the rest of my life - I was convinced I was going to get sacked, so food was my control thing."

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Amy went on to reveal she lost a stone in the first six months she was working for BA, adding when Curtis broke up with her, her anxiety reappeared.

She said, "When Curtis finished with me I wasn’t hungry and wanted to control my [diet] again but ITV stepped in and made me eat as the psyche was watching me all the time."

"After the breakup, there was a day where the day beds were full and the swings were full, and Curtis and Molly-Mae were sat by the pool and I didn’t know where to put myself. It was the loneliest I’ve ever felt in my life. There were 17 other people in the villa and I was so lonely and I just went upstairs and said I want to go home."

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The 27-year-old, who had never had a boyfriend before appearing on the ITV2 dating show, went to say the show's welfare team were very thorough, adding, "The welfare girl came in every single lunchtime apart from one day a week to check how much water we were having, how much we’d eaten and how we were.

"When it all went t**s up for me and I was lying in bed crying at lunchtime, she would get into bed with me and just stroke my head and talk to me and now I speak to her on the phone twice a week to check how I am."

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Amy also opened up about coping with trolls, after she revealed she was no longer answering back to them when they commented on her posts.

Talking about their words, she confessed, "It’s like someone pushing down on you all the time. I just try and block a lot of words on my comments so I don’t see them – [words like] fat and ugly. I was going to block ‘teeth’ as well as I got a lot of [stick] about my teeth.

"I was fine with them before I went onto Love Island but now I’m thinking ‘well if I have my teeth done that’s one less thing they can troll me about’ but they will just find something else!"

To get help on mental health issues and find out how you can support our campaign so that mental and physical health are given equal treatment in the workplace please go to www.wheresyourheadat.org.

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