25-year-old Shaughna was diagnosed with lipoedema, a long-term condition where abnormal fat cells build up in areas such as the legs, thighs and bum, after leaving the villa earlier this year.
In an Instagram Q&A with her followers about her upcoming In The Style range (which we’re obsessed with btw), the reality star admitted that she’s 'kind of always had an insecurity' about her legs.
She then went on to say that after viewers saw her on the winter version of the hit ITV show, many asked if she’d ever been diagnosed with lipoedema. Shaughna admitted that, at the time, she didn’t know what the condition even was.
Keeping her fans up to date with the process, she shared several images of herself in hospital after the surgery, saying, “I’m recovering, I’m doing really well. I’ve got make-up on today, I’ve brushed my hair today and, yeah, I’m just really looking forward to kind of the process of it. It’s not an overnight thing, I have to keep up with my compression garments and things like that, but so far so good.”
Love Island: where are they now?
all love island couples CLOSER stacked
So...onto the, errr, casualties:Hannah and Jonathan got engaged on the show but...that one didn't quite last.
They had the first ever Love Island baby but in September 2018 they confirmed they'd split.
Absolutely DID NOT work IRL. Neeext.
Still fancy Max in a huge way, not gonna lie.
Love Island 2016 winners Cara and Nathan were the stars of the show and went from strength to strength from the moment they set eyes on each other - aww. Now, they've got not one, but TWO little Love Island babies and and are very much happily married.
Olivia and Alex were one of our absolute fave couples from Love Island's second season buuut, fun fact, they didn't actually couple up until almost three weeks in ud83dudc40.They're now married and literally as strong as ever. We like to live vicariously through them, to be honest.
Jess was Love Island season three's 'bombshell' walk-in, and stole Dom from fellow Islander Montana Brown.Turns out, it was a smart decision because, these days, Jess and Dom are SO together, in fact, they got 'married' on Good Morning Britain on Valentine's Day 2017. They then got, y'know, properly married. And THEN, they welcomed a baby boy, aww.
An absolute success story of Love Island 2017, Jamie and Camilla and Jamie are still the cutest of couples and, to top it all off, they're engaged and THEY'VE ONLY HAD A BLOODY BABY.
They faced an obstacle when Maura entered the villa and turned Tommy's head but he decided to stick with Molly-Mae and the rest is history...They surprisingly came runner up during the Love Island 2019 final but they're still very much happily in a relationship and they now live together in a PLUSH apartment in Manchester.
Paige and Finn coupled up as soon as Finn entered the house as the one of the first boy bombshells and stayed thick as thieves throughout the whole series without even a hint of head turn. They've made things work on the outside, spending coronavirus lockdown at Paige's family home in Scotland, and have recently moved to Manchester. Finn's even been talking about proposing ud83dudc40.
Despite Siânnise struggling at the start thanks to her love rival Rebecca Gormley, Luke did eventually couple up with Siânnise and they remained together the whole time. They spent coronavirus lockdown in Luton with Luke's fam and have recently moved into a flat in the capital. They've even bought a puppy together.
Callum broke the heart of fan favourite Shaughna Phillips when he returned to the main villa from Casa Amor with Molly. But the new couple turned out to be super sweet.Back in the UK, they are still going strong and, in November 2020, the pair moved in together.
The nation WASN'T pleased when Nas returned from Casa Amor with Eva, leaving Demi single, and the couple were the next to be booted. Despite spending lockdown apart, they met up (at a safe distance!) throughout the pandemic and have gone official with their relationship. From the looks of it, the pair have even moved in together.
Adam claimed he was '100 percent single' shortly after leaving the villa and, um, that was that. #Kadam; gone but never forgotten.
At least they lasted 18 months. Not bad going...
Scott and Kady managed a year before splitting in 2017.
He did date fellow Love Island-er Emma-Jane Woodhams eight months in actual real life before calling it a day. AH WELL.
Gabby dumped Marcel after he was apparently caught cheating as they holidayed TOGETHER. Blimey.
Sam seems to be doing alright for himself on Geordie Shore, so we don't think he's too gutted.
The couple were plagued with cheating rumours throughout their relationship (who can forget that whole Chris Hughes and Katie Price debacle?). Since their ITVBe show Crackin' On ended, Olivia's confirmed she's back with ex-boyfriend Bradley Dack and they're now engaged.
Oh it was never gonna last, was it?
These two split just weeks after returning to the UK. Sad times.
You know how this one went. Sam accused Georgia of cheating on him with her ex, which she denied. It's safe to say they didn't split on the best of terms.
Zara and Adam called it quits at the beginning of 2019. WAH. She's now dating Made in Chelsea's Sam Thompson.
Josh and Kaz announced their split in February 2019, with Kaz saying, "Sometimes things don't go the way you planned, but you have to be grateful for the journey. Thank you for everything especially showing me how to love myself again."
Frankie reportedly cheated on Samira and that was that. Done. Over. thank u, next.
There's no bad blood between Laura and Paul, but they split just months after making it to the final of the show.
Dani released a statement via Instagram Stories (how very 2018) announcing the winning 2018 couple had SPLIT, before they got back together just days later. Hmm. However fast forward to April 2019 and Jack announced they'd split. Dani's had a baby boy with partner Sammy Kimmence and Jack became a dad in 2020.
Amber and Greg were together for less than two weeks but managed to win over the nation and Love Island 2019. But before they could even make things official they split, with Greg reportedly dumping Amber by text.
Probably one of the most shocking Love Island recouplings was definitely Maura and Curtis. Against all odds the pair made it to the final and weeks after leaving the villa they became an official couple. They lasted eight months before splitting, with Maura linked to her Dancing on Ice co star and reports they'd been keeping up a 'showmance' for months.Maura HAD been dating fellow islander Chris Taylor, but earlier this month, the pair announced they'd called their relationship quits.
Ovie and India have definitely been the most successful bombshells of all time. The basketball player entered the villa during Casa Amor and India joined the show just weeks before the final. Needless to say, we were obsessed with them but they've since called it quits.
Belle and Anton just missed out on the Love Island final and didn't seem to be spending a whole lot of time together back in the UK. Sure enough they split after five weeks, with Belle reportedly freaked out by his Craig David obsession. There's since been speculation that they'll reunite but nothing came of it.
Despite being latecomers to the Love Island villa, Harley and Chris won the public over - even after their drama following the Sidebar of Shame challenge. Two weeks after leaving the villa they called it quits and Chris then started dating Maura (spoiler: they've now broken up, too)
Jourdan and Danny left the villa shortly after the Casa Amor stint and after confirming they were in a relationship they moved in together. However in October, Jourdan ended their relationship following reports Danny was partying with random women.
Michael left us - and the villa - shook when he decided to recouple with Joanna, leaving Amber single. Despite the awkwardness, Michael and Joanna seemed to kind of be working - until she was dumped from the island and then he said he still has feelings for Amber. He was then dumped from the villa and Joanna was then spotted 'kissing' Michael at a festival. Michael has since sparked rumours that he's recoupled with another Casa Amor star.
Lucie and Joe had a rough time in the Love Island villa, especially after the sandwich maker was accused of "gaslighting" his other half. Post villa they revisited their relationship back in the UK but split in late 2019.Lucie is now dating Love Island 2020's Luke Mabbott.
Luke and Demi were the shock last minute couple who made it to the final after their respective rollercoaster rides in the villa.They lasted a valiant four months but spending lockdown apart meant they were the first to split in June. Luke is now dating Love Island 2019 star Lucie.
Jess was left heartbroken when her twin, Eve, was the first to be dumped from the villa and struggled to form a connection with any of the lads - until Ched showed up during Casa Amor. They made it to fourth place but split due to being separated during lockdown.
Connor and Sophie were an original couple but when Connor was dumped from the villa and Sophie didn't follow, the future became uncertain. They did hook up again after arriving back in the UK but never went official and last featured on each others' social media back in February.
Despite surviving a worldwide coronavirus pandemic together, the pair called it a day in June 2021, just over a year after they met.
Lucinda left viewers shook when she moved on from Brad McClelland just two days after he sacrificed his place in the villa for her. Aaron and Lucinda were together for a couple of weeks before they found themselves dumped from the island following a public vote. Plot twist though, just 72 hours after landing back in Blighty, Lucinda announced that she and Aaron were just friends. She was then pictured holding hands with BRAD on a night out in Brighton, declaring that it 'was early days'. BLIMEY
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And it seems fans are really pleased that Shaughna is bringing attention to this medical issue which many don’t know much about.
One fan said, “I really hope, if she feels comfortable enough and ready, that she uses her platform at least a small bit to talk about lipoedema. So many women have this condition and don’t know. Also, this might make drs wake up and realise it’s nothing to do with been overweight.”
Shaughna also revealed that she had lost four stone between 2016 and 2019 and, while the weight had gone from various parts of her body, her calves had remained looking disproportionately large on her smaller frame.
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The Celebs Go Dating star was previously trolled for the size of her lower legs on social media but is now able to see the funny side.
She said. “My favourite comments are the ones that say ‘you photoshopped your waist but not your legs’ do you really think if I photoshopped my pictures I would forget about my legs?!?! My biggest insecurity”. Wow, trolls will really pick up on everything won’t they?