Love Island’s Jack ‘struggling with depression and addiction’ amid online abuse
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Love Island star Jack Fincham has revealed he has been suffering from depression, anxiety and addiction – after being hit with a "torrent" of online abuse.
The 30-year-old reality star, who shot to fame as a winner of Love Island 2018 alongside Dani Dyer, confessed he was in a "really dark place" after feeling like he has let his loved ones down.
Prior to posting a video to his Instagram, Jack wrote: "Thanks for the amazing supportive message[s] I'm overwhelmed.
"I deleted this video as I was embarrassed but I am beginning my road to recovery. And believe me the comeback will be stronger #bekind."
In the emotional video clip, Jack opened up about his mental health struggles.
He said: "To touch on what's going on, I'm really struggling. Really struggling with anxiety and depression, addiction and I've made some good steps today to get help.
"I can't do it on my own. In this fame industry it's hard, it's so cut throat. One minute people like you and one minute they don't.
"I've had a lot of fake friends come and go, I was surprised when I was in my dark space, all the people who said they would be there, weren't.
"I'm not going to feel sorry for myself, I've got my own responsibilities. I want to be a kind, nice person and I try my best."
It comes as the star has recently been in court facing two charges after a drug-related arrest back by police in January.
It also follows his recent split from TOWIE star, Frankie Sims.
Jack admitted that he is upset by the social media hate he has received, but is choosing to open up to his followers as he has nobody else to turn to – aside from his family.
He went on: "There's been obstacles, some people have opinions on my life. The torrent of abuse on Instagram has really affected me. It couldn't be furtherer from the truth. Words hurt and we do see them.
"I thought I had thick skin but obviously not, ill be back though – bigger and stronger.
"I've turned off my like count and comments because it was bringing me down. It was putting me into a bad space.
"I can't argue with thousands of people and give them my side of the story.
"I'll keep you updated, I'm a happy go lucky person, I've a lot of love to give. But I don't know who I'm talking to, I'm talking to you guys because I feel I have nobody else to talk to apart from my family obviously.
"But sometimes opinions from other people do help. Sorry to be depressing."
Discussing why he wanted to share his feelings, Jack said: "The reason I’m saying this is if I can just help one person I’m happy.
"You should speak out about mental health because it’s a serious thing, it’s awful. It affects you physically, you don’t want to do anything or exercise. Leave the house.
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"I’m sorry this is downbeat but I wanted to address it because over the last few weeks I’ve been getting some nasty, over the top remarks.
"People think it doesn’t affect you but it does, it’s not nice. The added pressure of whatever you do reflects on your family, that’s the worse pressure on earth. I feel like I’ve let everyone down.
"I promise everyone I’ve turned over a new leaf and I want to make everyone proud."
The reality star went on to say that he wants the public to like him for how they saw him on TV.
Jack concluded by urging people to "think" before they left comments or messages to him, as they do affect people.
He added that if someone does a bad thing, it doesn't make them a bad person.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90 (available 24 hours a day), or you can click here for more details.
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