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Love Island star hoped hed die in sleep after intense backlash to show stint

A former Love Island star has opened up on his difficult time after the show and how he "hoped he'd die in his sleep".

The unnamed man appears in Channel 4 documentary Ask The Mask, in an episode titled The Dark Side Of Love Island.

With his voice distorted and face hidden by a badger mask, he says: "I was on Love Island and after it I nearly ended it all."

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He goes on: "After a period of time I was losing thousands of followers overnight and I was thinking, ‘What have I done to upset this many people? What have I done to make them hate me?’

"It was there one minute, gone the next."

He added: "It was maybe eight months after the show I started having proper suicidal thoughts.

"At the start it was once every two months, then it was once a month, then once a week. I remember at that time, I’d go to bed hoping I’d die in my sleep cos in my head I was like, ‘This will be easier for my family.’

"It got to the point where I was like, ‘I know what I’m going to do, I need to go and do this.’"

However he managed to get help, as he explained: "One of my best mate’s ex-girlfriends, I messaged saying, ‘Look, this is how I’m feeling, you’re the only person that has battled with their mental health, please help me.’

"To this day, I’m so grateful. She made me realise I wasn’t alone in it, like she understood me."

She introduced him to a counsellor, and he said: "At that point I was like, ‘I’ll do anything not to feel this way.’"

The islander said that he had a psych test going into the show, and later received an email checking up on him after Caroline Flack took her own life.

A Love Island spokesperson told the Channel 4 show: "Welfare and duty of care towards our participants is always our primary concern, and we take the emotional well-being of all the islanders extremely seriously.

"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the islanders in private.

"We are unable to discuss or comment on individuals' welfare and psychological support."

While the former contestant's identity is not confirmed, fans believe it to be Nathan Joseph, who entered series three during Casa Amor, as he has previously spoke of his mental health issues coming off the show.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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