And you thought your love life was complicated

While this year’s Love Island was filled with some of the biggest dramas in reality TV – including a literal decrowning – we can all agree that Terry Walsh ditching Malin Andersson for Emma Woodham trumped them all.

But what people didn’t know was that Malin was hiding a heartbreak in the villa: her secret boyfriend, who she left to go on the reality show.

Talking exclusively to Now, the 23-year-old has finally spoken out about one of the biggest mistakes in her life.

‘I met him a year after [I was on] Take Me Out – he was a passenger on one of my flights when I was working with Emirates. It was like a little love story and we clicked straight away.

‘He was so good to me. But it was so tough and we had a few arguments by the end. And then I got approached to do [Love Island] and they said that I’ve got two weeks before I go on the show.

Editorial Use Only. No merchandising Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (5768770j) Terry Walsh and Malin Andersson 'Love Island', Series 2 TV show, Episode 08, Mallorca, Spain - 2016

Terry wooed Malin on the show… until he found Emma [ITV/REX/Shutterstock]

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‘Then I was like “Do I tell him? I won’t tell him.”’

When asked why she didn’t just admit she was going on the show, make-up mogul said: ‘I was like “He was in Dubai he won’t see it anyway.” I’m a d*ckhead.’

Malin revealed that behind the scenes, she was crying about her then ex-boyfriend, but was told to stop by show bosses so they could focus on other storylines. Producers approached her ex to go on the show, but he refused because of his ‘professional’ job.

It was her experience with Terry and, later, Jeavon from Celebs Go Dating, that made Malin Andersson realise that her ex was ‘the one’.

Malin Andersson and Jeavon Stretton

Malin went on a few dates with Jeavon… but it didn’t end well [REX/Shutterstock]

And the reality star has admitted they’ve met up since: ‘He was on-and-off ignoring me for like two weeks at a time. And then he said to me, “You f**ked a guy on national TV, you wh*re bag.” I put him through the works: he lost loads of weight. It was disgusting.

‘He blocked me on Twitter, he blocked me on Instagram. I kept messaging him like: “I wanna see you, I wanna see you, I wanna see you.”

‘He finally agreed to see me… I told him “I love you” and he said that “I’ve got some grafting to do.”

‘We went for dinner and he was like “I can’t believe what you did. And then you go date some random tw*t.’

That would be Jeavon…

Malin concluded: ‘I think he feels like an absolute fool and all his friends are like “what are you doing?”

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‘But you know when you really love that one person and all I can do is hope he forgives me. I’ve never felt like that about anyone in my life.

‘I feel like a complete idiot. I just don’t know what to do.’