Olivia Buckland was left ‘a broken woman’ by emotionally abusive relationship

Olivia Buckland is loved up with the man of her dreams – but before Love Island, she was involved in an unhealthy relationship that left her unable to trust anybody.

The Love Island star, who is engaged to Alex Bowen, has opened up on being in an emotionally abusive relationship when she was younger.

The 24-year-old was on MTV’s That’s What She Said with Lateysha Grace and Sophie Kasaei when she discussed her worst heartbreak.

Olivia said: ‘I literally lost two stone in a month. Didn’t eat for three months, I was put on anti-depressants. It was awful.

It was a my first one, and I was enthralled by this horrible, emotionally abusive, dirty piece of work.

‘It set me up to fail for every other relationship I had.

It was mentally abusive in the way I wouldn’t even have realised it.’

Liv said that she was with the man for two years, and even took him back after he cheated on her, saying: ‘I was just a broken person, I had no self-respect.’

The reality star said it took Love island to change her perspective on relationships, explaining: ‘It made me think that everybody else was like that.

It makes you scared to trust anyone ever again.’

Thankfully, Olivia was ready to meet someone when she went on Love Island back in 2016, and fell for Alex Bowen.

Olivia Buckland looks dramatically different after ditching her blonde hair for a new brunette look.

The Love Island beauty showed off her new darker tresses as she headed to the Mark Hill Waves launch party in London on Wednesday.

However the hair transformation doesn't seem to be a permanent one, as she took to Instagram earlier in the day to thank her hairdresser for her new wig.

Posting a close up of her brunette hair, she said: "Throwback vibes, but dis real time! @carlbembridgehair Thankyou for my gorgeous new wig I’m obsessed!"

Fans were loving the look, with one posting in the comments: "You look stunning as a brunette @oliviabuck" while another added: "Amazing I love it".

A third agreed: "Wow you look so classy but still bad assy!! xx".

Olivia's new look also drew comparisons to other famous women, with one fan writing: "You look like shania twain...and she's smokin!" while another shared: "getting serious Eva Longoria in desperate housewives vibes."

Arriving at the event last night, Olivia teamed her new hair with a black and white polka dot shirt dress, cinching it in at the waist with a black belt.

For a pop of colour, she added lilac over the knee high-heeled boots, her thigh tattoo peeping out the bottom of her dress as she walked along.

Olivia, 24, recently opened up to The Sun Online about her relationship with Love Island fiance Alex Bowen, 25, ahead of their wedding.

She said: “He’s a real romantic. He took me away to New York and he rented out a private terrace overlooking the 9/11 monument where we had dinner, just me and him.

“Then he popped the question. It was beautiful. It was the happiest day of my life.”

Olivia added that Alex has helped her overcome her crippling anxiety, which she had suffered with since she was a teenager.

She said: “I’d be lost if it wasn’t for him.

"I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks but he is always brilliant around me when I have them and he’s so supportive. He couldn’t be better for me.”

*Sourced from the Sun and The Metro*

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