Love Island's Amy Hart reveals mental health struggles during Curtis split
"The welfare girl came in every single lunchtime."
Love Island's Amy Hart has revealed her mental health struggles during her split from Curtis Pritchard.
The pair were "half-boyfriend and half-girlfriend" during this summer's instalment of the reality TV show, later splitting up when Curtis decided that he wasn't happy.
Cabin crew member Amy later left the villa sating that she couldn't bear to be around Curtis while he cracked on with other women.
The professional dancer eventually coupled up with Maura Higgins, coming fourth in the show.
Ahead of this year's World Mental Health Day, Amy has spoke about her own struggles inside of the villa, and those she dealt with before the show.
"The welfare girl came in every single lunchtime apart from one day a week to check how much water we were having, how much we’d eaten and how we were," she told Heat magazine.
"And when it all went tits up for me and I was lying in bed crying at lunchtime, she would get into bed with me and just stroke my head and talk to me and now I speak to her on the phone twice a week to check how I am.
"When Curtis finished with me I wasn’t hungry and wanted to control my [diet], but ITV stepped in and made me eat as the psyche was watching me all the time."
Amy added that all contestants have been given 18 months mandatory counselling sessions from ITV, and that they can avail of more after that period if they want.
"I’m very unorganised and busy at the moment so I let my psyche sessions go and [my welfare rep] ended up phoning my manager and saying 'We need to get a date in Amy’s diary when she’s free' so they are really on it," she said.
Amy said that her issues with her mental health began she first began working as an air host.
She said that she lost a stone within a few months of working with British Airways, and that she didn't admit that she had anxiety until a few years later.
"My previous anxiety issues manifested within food," she said. "I would order the biggest dinner you’ve ever seen and take one bite and start shaking, crying and saying I can’t eat this anymore."
"I felt like wasn’t in control of the rest of my life - I was convinced I was going to get sacked, so food was my control thing.”
You can find out more about Heat's Where's Your Head At? campaign here.