Zara Holland was in the same 2016 Love Island series as her late friend Sophie Gradon, who died aged 32 last week.
After hearing the tragic news, the 22-year-old has spoken out about her own mental health since leaving the show, and claims to be on anti-depressants two years down the line.
In an interview with The Sun, the former Miss Great Britain revealed how being a contestant changed her as a person, and not for the better.
She said: I didnt want to go out or socialise. I didnt hear from anyone. Love Island called me for the first time in two years on Thursday to ask if I was OK. Funny they call me now when something terrible has happened.
The star was filmed having sex in the villa, and after this was aired, she was stripped of her Miss GB title.
Zara has now warned future contestants about the seriousness of the show, and how damaging the affects can be.
She said: They see a claim to fame, they dont see that in ten years time, when youre married with babies, youll still be haunted for the rest of your life.
After over thinking her time on Love Island, Zara reached out for medical help.
She said: I was upset all the time and couldnt stop crying. I was having bad anxiety too. I had this shame and guilt I couldnt get over.
Talking about her fellow Islander Sophie, Zara revealed that she will miss her terribly.
ITV2 told Metro.co.uk in a statement: All of our islanders are offered psychological support before, during and after their time in the villa. We take our duty of care very seriously and this is always our top priority.
No cause of death or an official statement from Sophies family has been released as of yet.
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At the time the news broke, her partner Aaron paid tribute on Facebook, saying: I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.
Metro.co.uk have reached out to ITV for comment.
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