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'be grateful' Love Island's Matthew MacNabb was grieving friend's death during his time in villa

'I haven’t told anyone this, but I met with the psychologist when I was in the villa and cried for a solid hour'

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Irish Love Island contestant Matthew MacNabb has revealed that he was grieving the death of a friend during his time in the villa.

The Down man entered the show while the boys were staying at Casa Amor and was kept in the main villa by Kaz before she dumped him for Tyler.

Matthew had another shot at love with medical student Priya, but unfortunately his Love Island journey came to an end when Priya picked Brett over Matt in a recent recoupling.

Taking to Instagram, the 26-year-old revealed that he lost his friend Ryan Freeman just weeks before entering the villa and admitted that he “struggled a lot” during his first few days on the show.

He said: “My life has been crazy the past few months. From one of my best friends passing away two weeks before Love Island, to entering the villa and experiencing all that came with it.

“I’m not going to lie, the first week in the villa I struggled a lot. I was thinking of my friend and wanted my loved ones around me. Meanwhile, I was wanting to be my usual happy, positive self to really show who I was.

“I haven’t told anyone this, but I met with the psychologist when I was in the villa and cried for a solid hour.

“She helped me so much and made me realise that this life is an adventure and with any adventure, there are ups and there are downs. However, that is the journey and as long as you realise that, you will be okay.

“So embrace it, be present, be grateful and you will start to live your adventure to the best of your ability. This life is an amazing story and you are the main character in it.

“Live without fear, go for what you want, because someday the story will end, so make it epic,” he added before thanking ITV and the Love Island crew.

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