Love Island star Anna Vakili has emotionally opened up about how trolling has affected her since she left the villa in July and admitted she misses being away from the limelight.
The 29 year old former pharmacist made the revelation during an exclusive chat with OK! online during an event for the launch of her In The Style collection.
When asked what she misses about her pre-Love Island life, Anna told us: “I do miss not being as much in the public eye.”
She then explained: “I feel like people are so quick to judge you and don’t really know you and they just see snippets of your life or from a TV show that is edited. That is what I miss like not being judged on every little move I make.”
Anna and her sister Mandi Vakili have both been the targets of cruel trolls since Anna shot to fame on the ITV2 reality show earlier this summer.
The two stunning sisters have been criticised on a number of things, from their figures to people calling them “vile bullies“.
But, Anna has her own way of dealing with the negative attention – by relying on the people she holds dearest.
Speaking about her close bond with her makeup artist sister Mandi, 27, Anna said: “Having each other is the best thing."
She added: “Having a good support system, friends, family, is amazing. I feel like I’m so much stronger now than I was five or six weeks ago.”
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Anna then explained: “When I first came out of the villa and I was in lockdown I remember spending the first night crying all night. I remember when I first got back for a while I was really upset.”
When asked what made her so upset after leaving the villa, the reality star said: “It upsets me when the papers say things that aren’t true, it upsets me when like trolls judge you and say horrible things. But I’m dealing with it so much better now, so much stronger.”
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She added: “Now, even Mandi was saying to me the other day: 'Anna, you look so much happier, you can deal with it so much better.'"
But, Anna hasn’t used the ITV show’s therapists to help her deal with the relentless trolls. She insisted that support from those closest to her was enough for now. She said: “I feel like I’m good with my friends and family.”
This comes shortly after Anna discussed the feuds between former Love Island stars after saying the cast “don’t like each other”.
Clarifying her comments about how the cast aren't close in the outside world, she continued: "Everyone's so busy at the moment with their work, a lot of people live all over England so it's really hard to stay in contact.
”It's nothing personal. Some people don't get on from inside the villa, which if you watched the show then you know that some people don't get on, and that's just continued since they've got out.”
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