Amber Davies: This is what the former winner really thinks about Love Island

Amber Davies was blunt about how she truly feels about Love Island and gives advice to prospective contestants ahead of show's eighth series.

The now successful actress and dancer has admitted she would not participate in the show today had she not been a contestant back in 2017, as she says the online abuse is 'too vicious'.

Savage and vicious online hate

Speaking to The Sun, the 25-year-old explained that the online abuse is 'savage' and that future contestants will have to have a very thick skin in order to not crumble at the hands of anonymous internet trolls. She said:

When I did it five years ago it wasn’t as vicious as it is now—the hate online that they all get, it’s savage.

And added:

I’m so glad I did it when I did. I was only 20 when I won, and when I look back I think, ‘Wow, I was really strong’. The new contestants need to have a good support system and a really thick skin.

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Repressed anxiety

In a recent interview on The Moments That Made Me podcast, Amber went into detail about the hardships she endured during the COVID lockdown. She explained having dealt with a lot of repressed anxiety from her days on Love Islandthat she had neglected to deal with until she found herself alone during quarantine, prompting her to seek professional help. She said:

I’ve experienced so much and yet in lockdown I was the saddest I’ve ever been in my life. I think that was because I was processing everything, I was processing absolutely everything that had happened. All I wished that I’d done differently was that I had therapy as soon as I came out or six months after I came out.

And added:

I think I would have handled things so differently. That’s all you need, you just need to talk about it. I’ve been 100 miles an hour for the last four years so when it all came to this silence I was like, I don’t know who I am, I need to be working.
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