Love Island winner Jack Fincham has revealed he attempted to take his own life after hitting “rock bottom” last Christmas.
Fincham said that he “spiralled out of control” after work began to dry up during the pandemic.
With work being infrequent and money running out, Fincham confessed that he started “doing bad things”.
He went on to say: “Christmas time I took an overdose, mate. I was ready to go. I didn’t want to be here. It’s upsetting to think.”
Fincham continued by criticising ITV for not giving the stars of the controversial reality show enough support: “I think there should be more guidance from them. They should say ‘listen you are going to earn this amount of money - invest it, do something with it’.”
The reality star also went into detail about his mental health struggles since winning the show: “There was no structure. I had all this time and all this money on my hands. I wouldn’t say I f****d it but without that structure I fell to bits. I was depressed. This is only over the last year when the money was running out and work was drying out because of the bad headlines. I’m not a bad person but sometimes good people do bad things.”
He continued: “Rock bottom for me was not earning the money I was earning and just feeling like, at points, I didn’t want to be here. I’ve never said this before.”
Fincham concluded by saying he is in a much better place now and has set up a stationery company and wants to give professional boxing a go.
ITV have been approached for comment.
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