Despite being showered with compliments after having her lip fillers temporarily dissolved this month, former Love Island star Faye Winter hated them so much she forced herself into hiding for a week.
The 26-year-old refused to leave the house without a face mask and wouldn’t even let boyfriend Teddy Soares see her natural lips because her confidence “literally shrivelled to nothing” without her signature fillers.
“I didn’t want to be seen like that,” she said on the new Fabulous magazine podcast Things I Told My Daughter. “I wouldn’t look at Teddy. He was like, ‘Come on, why are you doing this? It doesn’t matter’. So, I eventually showed him, and he said he really liked them.”
He wasn’t the only one. Faye went on to tell podcast host Peta Todd that her fans thought she looked “so much better” and “so much younger” when she revealed the new look in an Instagram Stories video earlier this November – but she took it as a “backhanded compliment”. It was the thought of kissing Teddy – like “kissing a coffee bean for him” – that drove her away to her hometown of Devon (leaving him at the house they now share together) right up until the day she could get them topped up again.
On her decision to have them replaced after just one week, she continued: “They looked hideous without filler — so wrinkly, like a raisin. They would have rejuvenated in time, but there wasn’t one part of me that was going to allow them to stay like that. I prefer me with lip filler.”
Faye, who’s been having the injections for the last four years, previously delighted Love Island viewers when she warned the other Islanders that her lips look like “an 80-year-old man’s ball sack” without fillers. It was meme-worthy. Yet the former estate agent had to have them dissolved since getting back from the villa because an accident during one of the show’s challenges left her lips uneven, she revealed on Instagram earlier this month.
Fortunately for Faye, last night's red carpet appearance at ITV's Palooza! event proves she’s already gone back to her signature look – and we hope she’s feeling full of confidence again.
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