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JACK Fincham has revealed he’s battling addiction and depression after struggling with online abuse.
The 30-year-old, who won Love Island in 2018 with Dani Dyer, admitted he was in a a “very dark” place before he made the decision to get help.
In a series of extremely candid Instagram posts, Jack described his state of mind as he slammed “fake” friends and his rocky relationship with fame.
He explained: “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 really struggling. Really struggling with anxiety and depression, addiction
“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.”
Jack has had a difficult few weeks, which has included his split from Towie’s Frankie Sims, and has made the decision to turn to his followers for help, despite struggling with cruel comments online.
He admitted he has no one else to turn to other than his family.
He continued: “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 further from the truth. Words hurt and we do see them.
"I thought I had thick skin but obviously not, I'll be back though – bigger and stronger.”
He has now turned off his comments and like count in a bid to protect himself.
Jack, who says he is also speaking out to help others, went on: “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 worst 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 emotional reality star added: “I want you to like me for how you saw me first on TV, I hope you’re well and sending lots of love. Sorry this was so sombre and sad. Keep going, you’ll come out the other end. I hope I do.”
He concluded by telling his followers he only shared some of his story – admitting: “This hasn’t even scratched the surface of the full story, it’s the most watered down version you could ever get. I might make a film – nah I won’t – maybe. Somethings you wouldn’t even believe.”
Contact the Samaritans
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, contact The Samaritans on 116 123.
They are available for free at anytime.
Or email https://www.samaritans.org/
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
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