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Amber Davies wishes she'd gone to therapy after her stint on Love Island.
The reality TV star won the ITV2 dating show in 2017 with then-boyfriend Kem Cetinay and opted against having the therapy sessions offered to contestants following their appearance on the show, and now she wishes she'd done so as she believes they would have helped her "process everything" sooner.
"I've experienced so much and yet in lockdown I was the saddest I've ever been in my life," she told Roxie Nafousi on The Moments That Made Me podcast. "I think that was because I was processing everything, I was processing absolutely everything that had happened.
"All I wished that I'd done differently was that I had therapy as soon as I came out or six months after I came out. I think I would have handled things so differently... That's all you need, you just need to talk about it."
The actress also admitted she suffered an identity crisis during lockdown as she didn't know who she was without her work.
"I've been 100 miles an hour for the last four years so when it all came to this silence I was like, I don't know who I am, I need to be working," she confessed, adding that her mindset got worse the longer the lockdown went on, but now restrictions have lifted, she can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Her comments come weeks after fellow Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson expressed regret over not using the therapy sessions, revealing she "wasn't prepared" for life after the series and the negative comments that came with her newfound fame.
Following an inquiry in 2018, ITV officials introduced new guidelines this year which ensured contestants receive comprehensive psychological support before, during and after the show.