Love Island star Malin Anderson has revealed that she was a victim of domestic violence.
To mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the 27-year-old shared a photo of her badly bruised body – but told followers that she’s not ready to tell her story just yet.
She wrote: “*TRIGGER WARNING*. So I wanted to share this post with you all as it’s NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. It’s all a bit raw for me but I wanted to raise awareness for domestic abuse.”
“I just want to post traits and warning signs so you can recognise them before it’s too late. I will open up fully and share my story once I come to terms with it all and I hope you understand.”
“Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes; it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation,” she continued.
“It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.”
Malin then listed traits of a narcissist, warning her followers to watch out for them.
The traits included grandiosity, lack of empathy, emotionless, self perception of being unique, needing continual admiration, sense of entitlement, exploitive of others, envious of others, pompous and arrogant demeanour, and very good at acting.
The reality star then described how you might feel if you’re “involved in a narcissistic relationship.”
Malin said you can be made feel “not good enough” and like you’re “losing your mind”.
The brunette concluded her post by sharing the Women’s Aid hotline – 0808 2000 247.
It wasn’t long before Malin received support from her peers and followers, who praised her for being so open and honest.
Fellow Love Island star Kady McDermott commented: “So amazing that you are using your platform to speak so openly about such a personal topic, you’ll help so many by this! Proud ❤️.”
Big Brother’s Josie Gibson also wrote: “Nothing I hate more than narcissistic boys that feel like men when they hit women!!! Makes my stomach turn! I will never forgive my Mum for staying with an abuser for so many years.”