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Amber Davies: I was anxious watching Love Island last year – now my stage career makes me more secure

Former Love Island winner Amber Davies revealed that she felt “anxious” watching the series last year but now feels more “secure” in herself due to her stage success.

Davies, 22, won the ITV2 dating show in 2017 with ex-boyfriend Kem Cetinay and has gone on to star in the West End production of 9 to 5: The Musical.

“I think last year, I was quite anxious watching it because I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” the actress told Standard Online.

“I was anxious and a little bit nervous for the islanders to come out as someone would take that winning title away from me but this year I have my own career, I have my own path.

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“I’m very secure and happy in what’s happening in my life so this year I’ve been able to enjoy it and have fun with it rather than sit there and panic.”

The former reality star, who teamed up with Argos to create a set of festival hair styles for Wireless last week, admitted that it was satisfying to “prove people wrong” with her theatre career.

“People think that going on reality TV defines who you are and that [it means] you’re absolutely talentless,” she said.

“Obviously getting the job in the first place was difficult – getting a reality name through the door. But so far I haven’t had any negative backlash and I’m proving people wrong.”

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Davies suggested that some Love Island viewers can take the show “way too seriously” and described its ubiquity as “crazy,” adding that she feels “so happy” that the social media commentary was not so “intense” when she and Cetinay were in the villa.

Addressing the conversation around the show’s duty of care for its contestants, she said  there is “so much support in the villa.”

“There are three or four producers walking around, you can pull them aside at any moment of the day,” she revealed. “There is a high person you can go to. If you ask for a bit of time alone, they’ll give it to you. They don’t deprive you of anything.”

She advised Love Island’s class of 2019 to “keep [their] feet on the ground” and “have a thick skin” when the show comes to an end later this month.

“You do get the odd day when you’re down and you’re sensitive and although they’ll have millions of followers, followers don’t make you a happier person.”

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