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24th Jul 2022

Love Island’s Jacques shares that he’s in “a much better place mentally”

Sarah McKenna Barry

He also thanked fans for their support.

Love Island star Jacques O’Neill has given fans an update on his mental health after leaving the dating reality show earlier this month.

On Twitter, Jacques wrote that he is in a “much better place” in terms of his mental health, and thanked his social media followers for their messages of support.

“I just want you to know that I’m in such a better place mentally,” he wrote in the tweet. “A huge reason for that is because of all the love and support I have received!”

He continued: “I’d be in a much darker place if it wasn’t for all of your kind words, so thank you again I appreciate it so much.”

When the rugby player left the villa, he said that he felt he could no longer be himself.

Shortly after leaving, Jacques took to Instagram and described the experience as a “rollercoaster of emotions” from start to finish.

He wrote: “Since leaving the villa I’ve had time to reflect on my time being in there and if I’m going to be completely honest I wasn’t mentally prepared for how it was going to be at all – underestimated it massively!”

Jacques wrote that the first two weeks were the “happiest” he felt in a long time, while the last two weeks were the “worst” he has ever felt in his life.

“I’ve watched back the episodes that I got the most hate for and listen I understand why I did,” he wrote. “I’ve got a lot of work to do for myself to become a better person. I know my family come out and said about my ADHD while I was in the villa bu that is no excuse for me.

“Yes, I might find certain things a lot more difficult than others but at the end of my day I need to take responsibility for my own actions and I’ll hold my hands up.”