EXCLUSIVE: Love Island’s Montana Brown opens up about her ‘mental breakdown’ over online trolls

She's called for social media to be policed after receiving abuse

Love Island's Montana Brown

by Carl Smith |
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Love Island's Montana Brown has opened up after suffering a 'mental breakdown' over social Instagram trolls recently.

Speaking candidly about her struggles with social media, she revealed abusive comments from followers left her in tears and called for platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to be policed in a bid to 'reprimand' attackers.

Chatting to heat Radio's Emily Segal on heat's Big Night In, Montana said: "I actually had a mental breakdown on Instagram. I was on my way to an event and I don’t know what it was – I think it was lack of sleep, I was in an argument with my boyfriend, I was late for the cab, the cab driver was slow - and then someone sent me a nasty message and I never cry, but for some reason tears were falling out of my eyes."

WATCH: Montana candidly discusses her 'mental breakdown' on heat's Big Night In

Montana continued: "I’ll tell you what it is, though. If any of us in the public eye said half of the stuff that we receive we’d never be hired for a job again.

"People think that they can hide behind social media. It’s actually not acceptable and I almost feel like when you have Instagram and social media you should have to put your national insurance number in there so that you can be reprimanded if you abuse someone.

"I think people don’t think that you read it, that’s another thing."

"Put it in your girls’ group, screenshot it, bitch about it on your WhatsApp group and then that’s it. Leave it there. What are you doing with your life? Do you not have something better to do? Get some hobbies. Get some fresh air."

Fellow Love Island alumni Jack Fowler added: "They just merk you. They just go in on you. When I do get hate I’m just like ‘whatever, man.'"

This all comes after Jack showed support for our Where's Your Head At? campaign; a petition which aims to change the law to protect our mental health.

Campaigning to make it compulsory for all workplaces to employ a mental health first aider, he admitted it's 'important not to be embarrassed' to speak up about mental health issues. Jack said: "If you're open about it, you talk about it and have people in a support network around you, you can voice how you feel. I think that's so important."

Click here to sign our Where's Your Head At? petition.

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