Love Island star admits she went to 'dark place' after ITV show as she issues stern warning to reality wannabes

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Malin Andersson has shared some advice for those hoping to appear on any upcoming series of Love Island. The TV star, who appeared on the show back in 2016, has revealed that she was in a rather 'dark place' after her time in the villa.

Malin, now 32, appeared on the second series of the show, and she and her fellow islanders were left rather shocked when they discovered just how famous they'd become when they left the villa.

Reflecting on this now, Malin has warned that people should only take part in the show, and other reality shows, if they know that they can deal with difficult aspects of this fame.

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Malin Andersson has issues a warning to any Love Island hopefuls -Credit:Instagram/Malin Andersson

Speaking to the MailOnline, she said: "Coming from a reality TV background - who I was when I came out of Love Island, it's a very dark place to be. And that happens with a lot of these shows.

"If you know can stand on your own two feet and say you're cool with all of the stuff that comes with it, I say do it. But what I didn't know was that I thought I could deal with it at the time, and when I came out I couldn't.

"And then I went through so much trauma, that made it worse. I think if you have things in your mental health to work out and know that you can't do it, then don't chase the fame, chase the healing."

Malin told her followers that she had stomach pains
Malin told her followers that she had stomach pains -Credit:Instagram

Since appearing on Love Island Malin has faced many challenging moments in her personal life, including the tragic loss of her one month old daughter, Consy, in 2018. Little Consy passed away shortly after Malin's mum, also named Consy-Gloria, died from cancer.

Malin went on to give birth to another baby daughter, named Xaya, in January 2022, but she and Xaya's dad, Jared, broke up soon after Xaya was born. Malin also lost her dad to cancer, struggled with eating problems, lost friends, and endured domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-partner, Tom Kemp, who is the father of Consy. He was jailed for ten months in 2020.

Following these horrific experiences Malin turned to drugs and alcohol, eventually undergoing a stint in rehab. Speaking about this to The Sun, Maya revealed that, initially, she didn't believe that she had a problem with substance abuse.

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Malin previously opened up about her struggles with addiction -Credit:Instagram/Malin Andersson

She told the publication: "I don't drink every day. I don't wake up and want to drink. Sometimes I can go two months without it. But I was using alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism."

Speaking about her drinking habits, she revealed: "I would drink a lot. It could be three bottles of wine, or champagne, or whatever, then shots... Drugs weren't involved all the time, but they were if I was with the wrong crowd. Then I'd go back to normal and that would last for a few weeks - then the cycle would be repeated again."

Malin also shared that she's met many people in the entertainment industry who are unhappy and depressed due to excessive drinking and cocaine use. She believes these substances have contributed to some individuals, including former Love Island stars, taking their own lives.

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