Montana Brown opens up about suffering with anxiety after appearing on Love Island

She also revealed how she copes with the death of Mike Thalassitis

Montana Brown

by Nathan Katnoria |
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Love Island star Montana Brown has opened up about her mental health after appearing on the show in a new video for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Montana, who starred on the show’s third series in 2017, answered questions sent in by fans and revealed that entering the Love Island villa triggered her anxiety.

“When I first left Love Island, that's when I started to get anxiety," she said.

“So that was the first time I ever experienced anxiety and stress, really, in those situations is after I left Love Island and I shot to fame... which was obviously fantastic but it does come with downfalls.

“My mental health problems now, they're a little bit different. I wouldn't say they were mental health problems, it's just dealing with grief, and the way that I've dealt with that is with a myriad of different things."

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Series Two: Nathan Massey and Cara de la Hoyde

Nathan Massey and Cara de la Hoyde are the only Love Island winners to have remained together!Despite splitting for a number of months in 2017, the couple rekindled their romance when Cara discovered she was expecting the couple's first child.

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Series Two: Nathan Massey and Cara de la Hoyde

The couple later welcomed a baby boy called Freddie in December 2016. Sharing the happy news on social media, Nathan wrote: "The day has finally come!!!! Myself and @cara_delahoyde have become parents to our beautiful baby boy!!! Massive hats off to Cara who delivered our boy safely !!!!! #thenextchapter ud83dudc99ud83dudc76ud83cudffc"In July 2018, Cara and Nathan announced their engagement, with Nathan popping the question in the villa they first met.

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Series Two: Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen

It took her a while, but Olivia Buckland finally found her man during Love Island season 2. After leaving the villa together when they finished in second place behind Cara and Nathan, the couple haven't looked back!

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Series Two: Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen

Just a few months after leaving the famous villa, Alex popped the question to Olivia during a romantic trip to New York. The couple also became the first Love Island couple to get married!

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Series Three: Dom Lever and Jess Shears

Despite the public thinking their relationship was just a 'joke', Jess Shears and Dom Lever have defied the odds and are one of the two couples still together from last year's Love Island**.** Despite all of the drama with Jess and 'Muggy Mike', Dom proposed to his girlfriend in September 2016.

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Series Three: Dom Lever and Jess Shears

The couple have cashed in on promotional shoots together, appearances, and even got 'married' on Good Morning Britain on Valentine's Day. Despite the 'fake wedding', Jess and Dom then tied the knot for real in 2018, when they married at a private ceremony on the Greek island of Mykonos.

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She then spoke about grieving for close friend Mike Thalassitis, who appeared alongside her in Love Island, after he died by suicide earlier this year.

Montana revealed that she initially felt ‘angry’ and ‘upset’ over Mike’s ‘selfish decision’ but that writing down her feelings as if they were letters to him helped her process her emotions.

She said: “The first week or two weeks, it was really, really helpful for me because I was writing everything down.

“I was getting my anger out on the page and it was very therapeutic for me and I felt like it relieved me of some of my anger.”

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Following the deaths of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, Love Island bosses confirmed that they were revising their aftercare process and recently detailed the increased support that future contestants will receive, including training on financial management and social media, as well as a minimum of eight therapy sessions and at least 14 months of proactive contact.

Love Island is set to return on Monday 3rd June, with former Big Brother star Lotan Carter, Rochelle Humes’ sister Soph Piper and Miss Great Britain Kobi Jean all rumoured to enter the villa.

It’s also believed that show bosses have recruited ‘plus size’ model Jada Sezer to join the show in a bid to end backlash against the show's lack of body diversity.

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