Love Island winner Kem Cetinay has revealed that he was forced to leave school as a teenager due to his battle with anxiety in a movingly honest interview.
Speaking about his experience to Sunday Times Style magazine, Amber Davies’ man said he wanted to encourage young people to speak out about how they’re feeling.
Essex boy Kem revealed that he saw a councillor seven days a week for three years during his teenage years, telling the publication: ‘Anxiety can be a dark path if you don’t handle it well. I’ve seen it first hand.’
He went on to reveal that things got so bad that he was taken out of school in year nine to focus on his counselling, which meant he missed his GCSEs too.
‘People don’t know I didn’t finish school, that I was a different person to how I am now,’ he said. ‘I basically had therapy seven days a week for, like, three years.’
And he is now on a mission to encourage other men who may be suffering in silence to speak out and get help.
He said: ‘So many guys are scared, so many of my friends won’t admit to feeling anxious.
‘It was only because I had the best help that I got through it. Talk to people, be honest about it – it’s so much better. A lot of guys have insecurities.’
Meanwhile, fellow Love Island contestant Chris Hughes, who has previously discussed his battle with anxiety and panic attacks, said he thinks younger people need to speak about their issues in order to help their peers.
He said: ‘So many young people have it now. It’s easy for a 50-year-old who’s studied it to talk about it, but to have someone your age to talk about it really helps.’
Well done on speaking out, lads!