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mental health Former Big Brother star Orlaith McAllister argues for better support for Love Islanders

Orlaith says she had no support when she left the Big Brother house, but thankfully no social media either

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Orlaith McAllister

Orlaith McAllister

Orlaith McAllister

Former Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAllister has urged ITV bosses to provide better aftercare and therapy for Love Islanders.

The Belfast beauty queen, who competed on the sixth series of Big Brother in 2005, said that she feels “lucky” to have appeared on the reality show before the age of social media and warned of the “pressures” that Love Island contestants have to endure nowadays.

“I know the pressures I had and I didn’t even have social media,” Orlaith told the Irish Mirror.

“I know how it made me feel as a person when I came out of the show and the public were just there and newspaper articles were written about me.

“It’s having that thicker skin and being able to manage it, people can say such hurtful stuff.

“I really feel so lucky I didn’t have to endure that backlash on social media, no matter if you’re the nicest person, it’s all about how you’re edited on that show.

“It just takes one foul person to say something nasty, it’s very sad, but you need to be strong.”

The 42-year-old stressed the importance of proper mental health checks after appearing on a reality TV show like Love Island.

Orlaith said: “Everyone who does a reality show, they also need to have therapy afterwards, supplied by the show and the channel.

“I think that’s where the failure has went, as soon as I left Big Brother, I was let into the world, there was no back up for me.

“I had no other source to back me up and go, we need to protect you for a bit.

“I had none of that,” she added.

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