My Mum, Your Dad star shares worrying health update and confesses 'feeling lonely'

My Mum, Your Dad star Natalie Russell has taken to social media to share a worrying health update.

The star from the popular ITV dating show branded the ‘Middle Aged Love Island’ , which will be returning for a second series , got real with her 54,000 followers on her health, and opened up about feeling lonely.

Using a bikini snap to share her update she said: “I’m going to get real with you….. And use a bikini pic to do it because that’s what seems to get more traction than any quote I may write.”

“This pic should be alongside a caption like #livingmybestlife But the truth is whilst I am so so grateful to be sat poolside in the sun, I absolutely am, and it is a life I only dreamed of once and some may never experience, it doesn’t mean that it’s picture perfect."

Natalie in a black bikini on holiday
Natalie posted a pictured of herself in a bikini snap but shared a worrying update in the caption -Credit:Instagram

"1) I’m in the middle of a pain flare up in hips, back and legs that’s been waking me out my sleep for weeks and only settles with strong anti inflammatories that are demolishing my stomach.”

While Natalie admitted that she felt lonely she continued to reassure fans that she was fine.

“I enjoy my own company but in seasons of loneliness it can bring to the surface the feelings of life not quite panning out the way you imagined.”

Natalie opened up about feeling lonely even while being on holiday with her two teenager children -Credit:Instagram

She ended the heartfelt caption with: “I guess what I’m saying is don’t judge your life by other people’s pictures and that also you can both have gratitude and appreciation and also be uncomfortable and going through a process at the same time.”

This comes after Natalie found love with cast mate Paul Edwards but the pair later split after the show.

Natalie was one of the last couples standing on the show, finding a true connection with fellow contestant, Paul Edwards, 47. Yet according to Natalie, in the wake of their shock split their paths just "didn't align in the real world."

Natalie and Paul
Natalie and Paul split after 'winning' the show -Credit:ITV Screengrab

"I try not to put expectations on anything because I think quite often we might end up disappointed. It was all definitely better than I had imagined in my mind," she told OK! exclusively.

However, finding love and a fun connection was the aim of the game, thanks to their children's applications, but for Natalie it just didn't go as plan long term, as she added she's ready to be "signed up" again for the next series.

Pictured: Standing: Kaliel and mum Natalie, Karli and mum Caroline, Taiya and mum Monique and Clayton and son Christian. Sitting: Zachary and dad Elliott, Sharon and daughter Tia, Jessica and dad Roger and Paul and daughter Mazey.
My Mum, Your Dad returns this september -Credit:ITV

She said: "I won't go into huge detail about our split because I think that for both of us, it is really respectful to not. I'm big on not airing people's dirty laundry but sometimes things just don't align. I had an experience there and for me, it was so genuine.”

The smash-hit series sees grown-up kids nominate their single parents to head into a luxury country retreat in the hope of finding love later in life.