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Malin Andersson says trolling over her appearance on Love Island drove her to get plastic surgery

Malin Andersson has said that trolling over her appearance on Love Island drove her to get plastic surgery because her ‘self-esteem plummeted completely’.

The body positivity activist, 28, who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show, recalled that she tried to put a ‘brave face’ on during the difficult time but secretly she was ‘dying inside’.

Malin admitted that after appearing on Love Island, she felt as though she had to change her ‘whole f***ing appearance’, and she received liposuction and a breast uplift in Turkey – which only acted as a ‘band aid’. 

Upsetting: Malin Andersson has said that trolling over her appearance on Love Island drove her to get plastic surgery as her ‘self-esteem plummeted completely’ (pictured in May)

Talking on Lookfantastic’s new YouTube channel series, Fearless, the reality star, who battled an eating disorder before joining the ITV2 villa, said: ‘It was overwhelming when I saw the trolling about my appearance.

‘That added fuel to the fire and when I came out I thought, “Right, I’ve got to change my whole f***ing appearance, I need to get this done and that done.” My self-esteem plummeted completely. 

‘Even though you put on a brave face and you’re on social media trying to pretend you’re living the high life, actually you’re dying inside. It’s all a farce, it’s absolute bull***t.

‘I booked myself into Turkey and went for a bit of lipo and a breast uplift. But having that done didn’t solve anything that was going on in my head. It’s just a band aid.’ 

Difficult time: The body positivity activist, 28, who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show, recalled that she tried to put a 'brave face' on during the difficult time but secretly she was 'dying inside' (pictured on Love Island in 2016)

Difficult time: The body positivity activist, 28, who appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show, recalled that she tried to put a ‘brave face’ on during the difficult time but secretly she was ‘dying inside’ (pictured on Love Island in 2016)

Scrutiny: Malin admitted that after appearing on Love Island, she felt as though she had to change her 'whole f***ing appearance', and she received liposuction and a breast uplift in Turkey - which only acted as a 'band aid' (pictured one year after Love Island)

Scrutiny: Malin admitted that after appearing on Love Island, she felt as though she had to change her ‘whole f***ing appearance’, and she received liposuction and a breast uplift in Turkey – which only acted as a ‘band aid’ (pictured one year after Love Island) 

Malin said that after appearing on Love Island she was a ‘lost little soul’ and ‘fell into a really dark place’ as she didn’t have a ‘real job’ and she faced devastating family news.

During this time, the reality star’s beloved mother’s, who had battled breast cancer before, cancer returned and spread to her stomach. She tragically died aged 65 in November 2017.  

Malin said: ‘I was in denial about her becoming ill again, “Oh, she will be fine, she will be fine.” I am in the party scene, trying to stay relevant. 

‘It was so f**king embarrassing, I had no real job – I was just promoting bulls**t products trying to get dough. 

Love Island: Talking on Lookfantastic's new YouTube channel series, Fearless, the reality star, who battled an eating disorder before joining the ITV2 villa, said: 'It was overwhelming when I saw the trolling about my appearance.' (pictured in 2016)

Love Island: Talking on Lookfantastic’s new YouTube channel series, Fearless, the reality star, who battled an eating disorder before joining the ITV2 villa, said: ‘It was overwhelming when I saw the trolling about my appearance.’ (pictured in 2016) 

‘To everyone else, you’re living a really cool lifestyle, but you’re suffering. I was suffering, I’m living at home with my mum still, who was getting ill.

‘No one actually sees what goes on behind-the-scenes properly, but you can’t blame them. You’re not sharing that part of your life and that’s why social media is very dishonest and you have to be really brave to share parts of your life – it’s not easy.’

Malin added: ‘I was such a lost little soul. I didn’t know what I was doing with my life career wise, work wise, family, everything was kind of slipping out my hands. I fell into a really dark place, the lowest I’d been to be fair.’

The reality star faced more tragedy as her baby girl Consy tragically died with a heart defect in January 2019, just one month after being delivered at 33 weeks. 

Tragic: During this time, the reality star's beloved mother's, who had battled breast cancer before, cancer returned and spread to her stomach. She tragically died aged 65 in November 2017

Tragic: During this time, the reality star’s beloved mother’s, who had battled breast cancer before, cancer returned and spread to her stomach. She tragically died aged 65 in November 2017 

Malin’s ex Tom Kemp was then sentenced to 10 months in prison last September after he admitted to assaulting the reality star, which left her with a broken her hand. 

Tom was released in December after three months and will serve the rest of his term on Home Detention Curfew.

During the candid video, Malin said that the ‘lowest’ point in her life was when she lost her baby girl Consy.

She added: ‘It’s weird, when you go through trauma, you wonder why it happens to you but it makes sense afterwards and that’s what I’ve taken from it all. I have to take a step back and view my life as a whole, and it makes sense.’

Heartache: The reality star faced more tragedy as her baby girl Consy tragically died with a heart defect in January 2019, just one month after being delivered at 33 weeks

Heartache: The reality star faced more tragedy as her baby girl Consy tragically died with a heart defect in January 2019, just one month after being delivered at 33 weeks

Malin continued: ‘Talking about things I’ve gone through, even though it’s painful, I know it can help someone else.

‘The advice I’d give to anybody who has suffered what I’ve gone through, whether it’s eating disorders, or you’re stuck in a violent relationship or you’ve lost a child… everything interlinks, in that you need hope and perseverance.’

Malin added: ‘You yourself, you need hope, hope that things will get better and they do get better.’   

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, call Refuge’s freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Anyone affected by the death of a baby who wants to talk about their experience can call Sands on 0808 164 3332 or email helpline@sands.org.uk. 

Ex: Malin's ex Tom Kemp was then sentenced to 10 months in prison last September after he admitted to assaulting the reality star, which left her with a broken her hand (pictured in February 2019)

Ex: Malin’s ex Tom Kemp was then sentenced to 10 months in prison last September after he admitted to assaulting the reality star, which left her with a broken her hand (pictured in February 2019) 

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