EXCLUSIVE: Amy Hart had her fair share of drama on Love Island and has now revealed she was cruelly fat-shamed despite looking stunning in a bikini on national television
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Amy Hart looked sensational when she strutted her stuff on This Morning in a bikini recently but says body image is a difficult subject to talk about after being trolled over her weight while on Love Island.
The former air hostess rose to fame in 2019 after appearing on the ITV dating show as one of the original Islanders, but says she was mocked for her size despite being at her "thinnest".
Speaking exclusively to the Mirror Amy said: "When people first saw me I weighed 57 kilos (nine stone) and pre-Love Island I was in the gym every single day.
"I was on a very strict vegan diet plan and then obviously I went into the villa and ate loads of cheesecake but I got trolled for being fat when I was at my absolute thinnest."
Amy says she now weighs 67 kilos (10.5 stone) which is the heaviest she's been and says "it's quite scary to suddenly hit a weight you've never been before" but stressed that it was "relatable".
"People have thanked me for not looking like every single Instagram model," she said. "It [body image] is a hard thing to talk about because it can be so triggering for people.
Amy Hart has opened up about her experiences on Love Island
"I'm going on holiday in a few weeks so I am in the gym every day, well not every day, but I'm trying my best to eat well, which doesn't always work."
The 28-year-old sstar ays there's a lot of stigma around weight with people saying you should be happy with how you are.
"I am happy with how I am, but I'd like to tone up a bit," Amy explained. "I'm not 100% happy with how I am but I'll get there."
Amy Hart says the level of care from Love Island producers before and after the show was exceptional
Amy had a difficult time on the show dealing with a very public break up and was often visibly upset however she says the show's level of care both during and after the filming is "20 out of 10."
"We have a welfare person that comes into the villa so we're in very good hands," she said.
"They check if you're drinking enough water and you can see a pysch[iatrist] whenever you want. I saw the pysch for 8 months after I left and they unpick everything that's ever happened in your life."
Amy Hart says trolls fat-shamed her when she was on the show
Amy said the show's producers also speak to contestants' parents to reassure them that they're being looked after.
"f you're really sad in an episode, which obviously I was quite a lot of the time they'll call your parents and say 'tonight's episode might be a bit harrowing for you but I'm watching Amy from the gallery and she's with the girls, she's fine."
Amy said her mum was particularly grateful for the communication revealing: "My mum kept saying 'she does know she can leave if she wants to doesn't she?' and they said 'yes she knows.'"
The mother of current contestant Liberty Poole, who fans have likened Amy to in wake of her love-struck relationship with Jake has also said she is impressed with the show's level of care.
Speaking about her initial doubts, Jo told New magazine: "I believe it's natural as a parent to be concerned each time your child experiences something new – whatever that may be."
Amy says the level of care she received on and off Love Island was exceptional
However, she went on to add: "The ITV2 team are constantly in touch with us as a family and their support has been second to none."
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Amy Hart was speaking to the Mirror Online in conjunction with William Hill
Love Island airs daily at 9pm on ITV2 and on the ITVHub.