Love Island's Lucie Donlan reveals her struggles with body image and self-confidence at the hands of online trolls

One of our favourite ex-islanders Lucie Donlan opened up in a recent interview about the struggles she's faced with self confidence thanks to negative comments she received online.

Love Island: Lucie Donlan
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Love Island: Lucie Donlan

The Cornwall native surfer, who was on series 5 of Love Island, shared intimate details on Instagram about how she was affected by negative comments and online hate following her debut on the much-viewed ITV reality tv series. We saw sparks fly between her and Tommy Fury, though it was short-lived, as well as with Joe Garrat. Despite the romances, Donlan was dumped from the villa on day 36 and subsequently left the villa. Speaking out about the struggles she's faced, in an Instagram post-Lucie sated:

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"Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself"
"This quote really hit home with me today. Over the past 9 months or so I've struggled with getting back into modelling. Although I've been involved in shoots it hasn't really given me the thrill I used to get and, at one stage, my self-esteem hit an all time low. This was mainly because I listened to people who told me I wasn't good enough and after a time I started to believe them. Sometimes it's difficult to see how other peoples comments, remarks and insecurities are affecting your life."
"So this is a shoot I did last week with @westlakephotography and I finally feel that I'm getting back to where I was and a bit of patience was all that was needed. I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has played a part in restoring my confidence and I'm looking forward to start creating again the kind of content I love..."

Lucie has amassed significant success after Love Island and has gained a whopping 1.6 million follower fanbase, and despite the odd negative comment she does receive a lot of love from her fans. And there is truly no surprise why... she is simply gorgeous!

It is nice to see that she is back in a place where she can feel truly comfortable doing whatever it is she wants to do. We shouldn't allow ourselves to be judged by others so freely. Be who you want to be and never let anyone make you believe that you're not good enough.

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