Love Island’s Alex Miller Opens Up About His Battles With ‘Suicidal Thoughts’ After The Show

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 22.03.19
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Former Love Island contestant Alex Miller has opened up about his battle ‘suicidal thoughts’ following his appearance on the dating show last year.

The show was criticised for its aftercare of contestants in the wake of the tragic passing of Mike Thalassitis.

Stars have been speaking out about their own experiences and Alex admits that he did struggle personally after the series.

However, he says that one of the show’s producers reached out to him once he shared how he was feeling online.

Speaking on FUBAR radio, Alex said:

“I had a little rant on Instagram. I went through a bit of a dark patch and luckily one of the producers follow me on Instagram, saw the rant, got in touch with me and put me back in touch with a psychiatrist.

“Looking back, all I needed to do was be forward and go talk to them. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it, but after having ranted after answering a fan’s questions and speaking to the Love Island psychiatrist, it got me through it.

‘It gave me a plan on how to take my life forward and now we’re here. We’re all good.”

Discussing his mental health struggles, he then explained what it was like going back to his old life.

He said: “You’ve fallen off the cliff of reality fame… it’s not what it is cracked up to be. I was in a dark place… knowing that everything was sort of coming to an end, like getting into the old routine in the job.

“I did go through a dark patch where I would look at bridges and think, “Yeah, I could drive into that.”

Thankfully, it’s now been revealed that Love Island bosses will offer therapy, social media training and financial advice to all future contestants.

ITV said the show undertook a review six months ago to evaluate the aftercare it was providing and said it will now offer support to all contestants rather than just those who ask for it.

A statement from the show said:

“This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us. And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management.

“The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis.”

Fantastic news.

Images via ITV

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