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Sophie Gradon battled depression after Love Island left her feeling 'f***ed up' - Daily News
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Sophie Gradon,Love Island,Mental health /form Sophie Gradon opened up about the toll appearing on Love Island took on her mental health before her untimely death.  The reality TV star - who appeared on series two of the ITV2 show - has sadly died at the age of 32, police have confirmed.  She died on Wednesday evening in non suspicious circumstances.  Shortly after leaving the villa two years ago, Sophie admitted the intense experience left her feeling "f***ed up".  And just three months ago she revealed the "crippling anxiety" left her feeling scared to leave the house.  Read More RIP Sophie Gradon   "Catching up with so many friends and going so many places feels so good!" she tweeted in April 2018.  "Thinking back to when I became a total recluse, afraid to go out anywhere because of crippling anxiety and how different my life is now!!! Facing up to your fears is sometimes the hardest but most rewarding thing!!!"  In August 2016 - just weeks after she left the villa - Sophie was asked on Twitter by a fan if she'd ever want to go back.  "God, I don't know. It was the most stressed/anxious/f***ed up I've ever been in my life!" she replied frankly.  Another asked: "Would you recommend applying for Love Island ?"  She replied: "Not if you suffer from anxiety or depression. Its a VERY testing environment where a lot goes on that you don't see."   Sophie also answered a fan who asked for tips on how to cope with bad anxiety.  "Exercise. Take time to be alone and focus on you and things you enjoy," she replied.  The reality TV star appeared to have learned to live with anxiety as she found ways to cope.  "Anxiety is real!" she tweeted in March 2017.  Advising fans: "Unplug. Go back to basics and appreciated the simple things #slowdown #justbreathe."  * Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] 

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