Former Love Island contestant Jack Fincham has revealed he attempted suicide at the end of last year after his "money ran out" and work offers dried up. He appeared on the 2018 season of the show, and went on to win the series with his now ex-girlfriend, Dani Dyer.
Speaking on an episode of the The Steven Sulley Study podcast, which was released yesterday (6 October), Jack opened up about how his mental health took a turn in the years after his stint on Love Island.
Like many contestants, Jack pointed out he was unprepared for the fame he'd receive after his time on the show, along with the flurry of work offers and money that this would land him. But, he explained, this was very short lived and as the years went on, things started to spiral out of control for the reality star.
"I think there should be more guidance from them [the show's producers]," he said on the podcast, "They should say 'listen you are going to earn this amount of money - invest it, do something with it'."
Jack also highlighted how leaving his sales job before entering the villa meant he had no kind of structure after the show. "I've got really bad ADHD. I can't concentrate on anything. I was earning good money doing sales. I was happy. I had a structure," he said, "'I knew if I went out on Wednesday and didn't turn up Thursday you'd get a b****king or whatever but the structure was still there. You'd be back on it."
But, without his sales job to keep him on track, Jack revealed he couldn't cope. "There was no structure," he stressed, "I had all this time and all this money on my hands. I wouldn't say I f***ed it but without that structure I fell to bits." This lack of structure, Jack admits, meant he "lost a lot of work through doing silly things."
"I'm not a bad person but sometimes good people do bad things," the 29-year-old added, "All of a sudden the phone stopped ringing. Over the last six months I went into panic mode."
He continued: "I was depressed. This is only over the last year when the money was running out and work was drying out because of the bad headlines. Rock bottom for me was not earning the money I was earning and just feeling like, at points, I didn't want to be here. I've never said this before. Christmas time I took an overdose mate. I was ready to go. I didn't want to be here. It's upsetting to think [about]."
Since hitting rock bottom, Jack has been working on building his mental health back up, and is focussing on his career and his daughter, who was born at the start of 2020. "I've got to build up trust in myself," he told podcast host Steven, even adding that he's set up his own stationery company. "That way I know I've got to get up Monday to Friday and I've got a structure in place," he pointed out.
Jack is not the first former Love Islander to open up about their mental health since leaving the show. After the suicides of two former contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, many Islanders spoke out about how the show had impacted their lives. Kady McDermott, who appeared on season two of the ITV series said: "Hopefully going forward reality shows will help more with the aftermath of being on one, because I can say it definitely didn't happen after my series when lots of us needed it. People's lives change overnight and no one can mentally be prepared for it."
Ahead of this year's season, the show's producers laid out their duty of care guidelines, and pledged to provide more mental health support for Love Island contestants when they leave the villa.
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