LOVE Island’s Malin Andersson says she doesn’t want to be defined by her grief or being a victim of domestic abuse in an empowering new post.
The 26-year-old reality star is grieving her daughter Consy who died in January after being born seven months premature.
Malin Andersson refuses to be defined by the negative things that have happened in her life[/caption]
The loss came just over a year after her mum died of cancer – and she had already lost her dad to skin cancer.
Taking to Instagram she wrote: “This is me… I stand up tall to everything I have faced.
“My past does not define me. Losing my mum, dad, daughter, surviving domestic abuse, eating disorders and other various life experiences do not define me.
“I use all of this to grow, and then I use my growth to help you all grow.”
She added: “I still stand up tall. Nothing will knock me.
“Never change who you are because of hurt you have experienced.
“Whatever pain you have encountered from the cause of someone else, just know that it’s a reflection of them and not you.”
Malin revealed recently that she tried to take her own life after struggling to cope as she marked Baby Loss Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day.
She also shared a shocking image of her battered body to warn fans about the dangers of domestic abuse.
She revealed her badly bruised arm alongside an emotional message, as she told followers she would share her story when she is ready.
It is not known when the original picture was taken.
She wrote: “*TRIGGER WARNING*. So I wanted to share this post with you all as it’s NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. It’s all a bit raw for me but I wanted to raise awareness for domestic abuse.
“I just want to post traits and warning signs so you can recognise them before it’s too late. I will open up fully and share my story once I come to terms with it all and I hope you understand.
“Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes; it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation.
“It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.”
Malin then shared a list of narcissist traits and how people feel when they’re in a narcissistic relationship, including a “lack of worth”, “hopelessness” and “mental and emotional exhaustion”.
She shared the domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid hotline as she explained she went on a Freedom Course, admitting: “It helped me massively”.
Malin added: “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”
The television star who found fame on the second series of Love Island has chosen to keep the details of her own experience private for now.
Her friends left comments praising her over her bravery.
Jourdan Riane said: “Sooooooooo proud of you strong girl.”
A fan added: “You are so strong! With all you have gone through you are still standing, smiling and helping others. You are the type of person I would want my daughter to look up to.”
Someone else said: “So so inspiring to share this, so many people really need to hear these signs and symptoms! So many of us don’t even realise what is happening whilst it is even happening!”