Amber Gill insists Love Island gave her ‘fondest memories’ despite vile trolling07/07/2021
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For the last week I’ve been in a Love Island bubble –along with the rest of the country, I’m sure – as the new gang settle in and get acquainted with each other.
So who better to have a chinwag with than Amber Rose Gill – the gorgeous winner of the 2019 series and host of the ITV Hub’s new show The Full Treatment. Ambs caused a storm in the villa thanks to her feisty, loyal personality, and eventually romped to victory alongside Greg O’Shea – so she knows a thing or two about what this year’s lot are going through.
She’s also clued-up on mental health issues, having been vocal about the effects lockdown had on her wellbeing.
So I’m loving the fact that she’s teamed up with fellow Love Island alumni Kem Cetinay for this six-part series, which will see celebs join them in their new salon to talk about life’s ups and downs. I can’t wait to tune into this one!
Here, my mate Ambs talks about life after Love Island, taking care of trolls and why she’s happy staying single for the foreseeable future…
Ambs, how does it feel watching Love Island as someone who’s been there?
I’m way more excited about it than I thought I would be. Because I’ve lived it, I feel like an insider. I know what’s going on. It is weird to watch, but I’m loving it.
Who are the standouts for you so far?
It’s hard to say in the first week. They’re still all strangers and they’re just getting into it. I loved Shannon [Singh]’s personality, she was great, so it was a shame to lose her. I think Faye [Winter] is there to cause chaos. There are a few good characters in there. The girls have big personalities and the boys don’t seem to know what to do with themselves.
Do you look back at your time on the show fondly?
Definitely. I have the fondest memories. It changed my life. It was so much fun and not many people can say they’ve done it. It’s the wildest thing someone can do. And to say I won it as well – what an experience!
If you could go back in the villa for 15 mins to give them advice, what would it be?
I would say always try to be yourself and don’t worry about people’s opinions. And don’t hate a second of it, because you’ll regret it. It goes quickly and you’ll wish you were back there, so enjoy every minute.
True, but there’s a lot of trolling that can go along with fame, isn’t there?
Yeah, I’ve had trolls, though it’s OK at the moment. It got so bad during lockdown, I’ll never forget it. When we have a platform, we’re always going to suffer with trolling and it will give us anxiety, but for me, doing shows like the one I’ve just filmed about mental health, it opens the door to talk about it more.
Well let’s talk about that. What’s the premise of the series?
We have a salon! Kem used to be a barber and I was a beauty therapist and the concept is we’re like therapists. People can open up to us and talk. Each episode we have different celebrity guests coming in to get their hair cut or a treatment and we have an honest chat about mental health, social media and trolling. It’s a light-hearted chat in which they share their journey and their coping mechanisms.
And what’s this I hear about the guests having to share a picture?
Oh yes! We share a pic of a time we thought we looked amazing, but in reality it’s a bit of a fashion fail, and that sort of humour breaks the ice a bit. It gets us feeling comfortable, then we go into mental health issues.
Was it fun to film?
We filmed the whole series, six episodes and six guests, in just two days. It was very intense but we had the best time filming it. And I think it’s a really good time for it to come out, alongside Love Island. I can see some of the tweets about the new Islanders have been quite mean, so this show is a good way of reminding people to be kinder. We’re talking about human beings, and with Kem and I having been on the show, I hope that will help. People forget those on Love Island are normal people. They’re not caricatures without feelings! Exactly. Viewers get so invested in the show that they forget the stars are humans. It’s there for entertainment, not for bullying. There are all these different personalities in the world. If we were all the same it would be boring.
Do you remember the first time you turned your phone on after coming out of the villa? I bet that was crazy…
I do, it was about two days after I left the villa. I was used to not having my phone anyway, but they don’t give it back to you for a couple of days. I switched it on and it crashed straight away. It turned itself straight back off! I finally got on and suddenly I had 2 million followers on Instagram, compared to the 4,000 I went into the villa with. I had to turn my notifications off. It was the wildest experience.
What’s going on with your love life at the moment?
My life right now is eight weeks of Love Island, so dating has been put on hold.
Are you happy being single?
I think I always have been. I’m just enjoying things opening up again, throwing myself into work. I’ve barely been back to Newcastle to see my family, so I need to get back there.
Will you go on holiday now the green list is up?
I definitely want to go away. It’s something that helps me with my mental health, which I didn’t fully realise before. When I get a couple of days off I’ll take myself away. It’s important to sit back, recharge my batteries and give myself a break so I don’t burn out.
The Full Treatment is available on ITV Hub now
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