Former ‘Love Island’ winner Dani Dyer needed therapy after appearing on the show as she struggled to adjust to life in the spotlight.
The 23-year-old star – who won the ITV2 dating show last year alongside her then-boyfriend Jack Fincham – was thrust into the spotlight after their victory, and admitted she “felt overwhelmed” as she praised the programme’s aftercare process.
She told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper’s Stella magazine:
“It can be very tough, but everyone is different in the way they handle things.
I had several calls from the producers, checking if I was OK. And a few weeks after the show, when I felt overwhelmed and said I needed to speak to someone, they put me in touch with a psychiatrist.”
Show bosses made changes to the aftercare regime following the tragic deaths of former Islanders Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, and last month it was reported the final eight contestants were set for one-on-one sessions with financial advisors and counsellors before returning to the outside world.
A source previously said:
“Whereas the first day of freedom after the villa was historically a free-for-all, they are now making everyone stay put and have a ‘down day’ with bespoke sessions.
There was a feeling they let them loose too soon and with not enough advice so they’re just changing it entirely this year.”
The villa favourites are said to have undergone a minimum of eight therapy sessions once they returned to the UK.
Before they headed to the villa, Islanders were given a 27-page contract and an aftercare form.
In the contract, they were warned the public may “quickly lose interest” in them if they become famous, and that the main goal of going on the show should be “to find love” rather than fame.