Faye Winter refuses to go out on her own a year after Love Island backlash

Celebrity MasterChef star Faye Winter has opened up on how she is coping after leaving Love Island last year to a mountain of backlash.

The 27-year-old reality star left the ITV2 dating programme in third place with her boyfriend Teddy Soares in 2021, only to learn that she had racked up almost 25,000 Ofcom complaints as a result of her behaviour towards him.

Many Love Island fans will remember how Faye shouted at Teddy after she was shown a video of him admitting he was attracted to Casa Amor bombshell Clarisse Juliette, with a record number of 24,911 people complaining about the episode.

Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Faye cast her mind back to the moment she discovered the ‘horrendous’ reaction, branding it the ‘darkest point of my life’.

‘When I was in there, there was a lot of hate directed towards me and I’ll probably go down as one of the most hated islanders of all time and I’m absolutely fine with that,’ she tells us.

‘At that time, there was never an islander who got the amount of backlash that I had.’

When asked whether she was warned by producers about the backlash or Ofcom complaints, Faye replies: ‘No, nothing at all.’

 And Faye admits she’s still dealing with the repercussions one year one.

‘I’ve never suffered with my mental health or my confidence, however, even to this day I don’t go out on my own,’ she adds.

Explaining how she coped with the reaction, Faye admits: ‘I ignored it for a long time, I kind of buried my head in the sand. I actually thought that I was the problem and that these comments were getting on top of me.

‘There were points where I thought, “maybe I am this nasty person that they all think that I am”.

‘If it wasn’t for my friends or my family, I know for a fact that I’d be in a much darker place than what I am now. My family pulled me out of my darkest place.’

ITV previously confirmed its duty of care protocols offer islanders ‘comprehensive psychological support, training for all Islanders on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity, training for all Islanders on financial management, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, a proactive aftercare package which extends support to all islanders following their participation on the show, and guidance and advice on taking on management after the show’.

There is also a dedicated welfare team both during the show and after, while senior team on the ground in Majorca have received training in mental health first aid.

After the show, islanders are offered a minimum of eight therapy sessions when they return home, and ITV remains in ‘proactive contact’ with islanders for 14 months after the series, ‘with additional help provided where applicable’.

Love Island is available for catch-up on the ITV Hub.

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Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

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Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

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If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

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