Love Island's Montana Brown has said that pal Mike Thalassitis was in an “unhealthy relationship” before he took his own life.
Speaking on Mouthing Off with Olivia Caridi, Montana said: "For me this was a really tricky time, not just because of his death but because I was focused around his death press wise.
"There was so much to the story that people didn't know. If there is a story that comes out about someone close to you and it's fake and it's lies and it's not true.
"If the truth involves somebody else and throwing somebody else under the bus even though it's the truth you can't say it. And this is something that I really struggled with."
She explained that Mike was in what she described as a “very unhealthy relationship” which negatively impacted his mental health.
"Mike was in a relationship, a very unhealthy relationship before he passed away and that had massive massive massive implications on his mental health and I think nobody really knew that," she added.
"I knew he was struggling because of the situation because he was in a very toxic relationship with a very toxic person and this never came to light and I knew that was a contribution to what happened to him.
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"Not saying it was all on that because we all have toxic relationships that get us in a very dark place but I know that was a big contributing factor."
Montana also spoke candidly about the effects that going on Love Island in 2017 had on her own mental health.
She said: "It can affect you long-term, I had never suffered with anxiety before I went on that show and I don't know anybody from the entertainment industry from the show that doesn't suffer with anxiety.
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"It's really hard because I feel like so many people say 'you're so lucky, what do you have to feel anxious about?'"
Mike took his own life in March 2019 at the age of 26, after a cocaine and booze binge and left suicide notes by his body.
He had just lost his 94-year-old gran and faced mounting debts before his death.
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Love Island bosses overhauled their duty of care following his death, giving contestants access to therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of 'proactive' contact after appearing on the show.
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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