‘There have been ups and downs’: Camilla Thurlow discusses her pregnancy as she admits to feeling ‘social dislocation’ after working as a landmine disposal expert
She’s pregnant with her first baby with fellow former Love Island contestant Jamie Jewitt.
And Camilla Thurlow, 33, admitted there have been ‘ups and downs with her pregnancy’ but that she’s ‘very happy’ while talking to Andi Peters on Lorraine on Thursday.
She also discussed struggling to open up to people after working as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in Afghanistan and Cambodia.
‘There’s been ups and downs’: Camilla Thurlow discussed her pregnancy on Lorraine on Thursday and admitted to feeling ‘social dislocation’ after working as a bomb disposal expert
She said: ‘The biggest part of it is about the work I did with the [chaity] Halo Trust.
‘Before Love Island that was the work I liked doing and I was lucky enough to travel to Afganistan and Cambodia, and during that time I learned a huge amount.
‘As I travelled across several different countries, it changed in different places, but the work was majority in landmine clearance.
Happy families: She is expecting baby number one with model Jamie Jewitt who she met on Love Island in 2017
‘You might clear land that can then be used for people to farm land for food for their family. Every country had different challenges, but it was an amazing experience.’
Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World
The memoir is not just about finding the courage to go out and deal with lethal threats at work, but the courage to confront one’s own fears and anxieties.
She said: ‘I feel like I had got to a point where I had enough space to reflect on those times with Halo that were perhaps trickier and have the opportunity to turn that into something I could explain to others.
New project: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World – a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life
‘I’ve always wanted to write a book and the last few years have been about working out how to do that.
‘I came back from Afghanistan and I struggled with social dislocation, and was struggling to process the events I’d seen.
‘I was struggling to connect with my friends and family. I couldn’t work out how to balance everything.
‘I knew at that point I wasn’t maintain healthy relationship and I was trying to figure out a balance between the two.
She told Andi Peters: ‘I came back from Afghanistan and I struggled with social dislocation, and was struggling to process the events I’d seen’
Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing lots of bump pictures on social media and said she is ‘very very happy’
She said: ‘I was approached by one of the [Love Island] researchers, and just went through the process, it was going on in the background while I was really struggling.
‘So when they asked if I’d be in the opening cast I think if you’re struggling with socialising, Love Island offers quite an immersive experience to talk and there are no other distractions.
‘I had seen some episodes I think I tried to watch a few when they first contacted me, it was really interesting.
‘You can watch the show but when you’re in it it’s an entirely different experience, you forget about the cameras and what you see and what it’s like.’
Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time kwhen she said she was ‘struggling’ after returning from Afghanistan