Former Love Islander Zara Holland Says Her Time On The Show Left Her With Depression And Anxiety
She was speaking after the death of her co-star and friend Sophie Gradon.
Former Love Island contestant Zara Holland has hit out at the producers of the show after the death of her co-star and friend Sophie Gradon.
The 22-year old, who appeared on the show in 2016, says she received no support from the producers after leaving the villa, and that her time on the show severely impacted her mental health.
Zara was very publicly stripped of her Miss Great Britain title after having sex with one of the other contestants, and admits she is still “haunted” by the repercussions.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I changed as a person, I didn’t want to go out or socialise, I came out of Love Island and they didn’t contact me.”
“Love Island called me for the first time in two years on Thursday to ask if I was OK, funny they call me now when something terrible has happened,” she revealed.
“People applying need to know how serious things can be, they see a claim to fame, they don’t see that in ten years’ time, when you’re married with babies, you’ll still be haunted for the rest of your life.”
After her time in the villa, Zara realised she was unhappy and sought professional help, saying she’s currently on anti-depressants.
“I was upset all the time and couldn’t stop crying. I was having bad anxiety too. I had this shame and guilt I couldn’t get over,” she said.
I’m beyond heartbroken, I’m in shock. My gorgeous friend, why. ?? you will be truly missed, I will think about you every single day. The nicest, kindest, caring, hard working girl I have ever met. Such a beautiful soul. When we did our talk together only a few weeks ago in Leeds, I was so proud of you. Oh Sophie please come back, I love you so much. You will always be my shining star. Sending all my love to your family. ??? Sleep tight baby girl. X
Three months ago, Zara was interviewed alongside Sophie, discussing the negative affects of social media and how internet trolls have impacted on their lives.
Following Sophie’s death, a spokesperson for Love Island told MailOnline:
All of our islanders are offered psychological support before, during and after their time in the villa. We take our duty of care very seriously and this is always our top priority.
Sophie’s cause of death is currently unconfirmed, but police are not treating it as suspicious.
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