Love Island's Belle Hassan says she self-harmed at 13 after cruel taunts

Love Island star Belle Hassan revealed she spent several years self-harming due to her low self-esteem.

The TV personality said she started self-harming at 13 years old after being branded a ‘sl*g’ by a boy she used to date.

Belle said that once she began, she didn’t stop self-harming until she was 19.

“I went through a very long stage of hating everything about myself,” she said. “For so many years, I’d look at myself in the mirror and think I was absolutely disgusting.

“I felt worthless and had all this anger I needed to let out. This is what gave me my release. But it was also about punishment because I hated myself so much.”

Belle added to The Sun : “I hated myself for not being what I wanted to be, and self-harming became my way of expressing that pain.”

Belle Hassan
Belle opened up about her years of self-harming

The gorgeous star believes that the self-harming started after a “silly relationship” at school ended, and the boy began calling her an “f***king slag”.

The boy in question would send the star messages telling her that he would follow her no matter where she went.

“He also told me he was going to kill himself and I carried this overwhelming feeling of guilt,” she added.

Belle Hassan
The star has been open about mental health struggles

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Belle appeared on her father Tamer Hassan’s podcast, Family Business, back in October and broke down to him about her struggles.

She told her dad: “It’s not something that’s easy for me to talk about. I don’t mind talking about it but it’s not easy.

“As you know, dad, when I was a kid I did go through a stage of self-harming. For me, that was something I really struggled with, and again it all came from a thing of…”

If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email jo@samaritans.org if you’d prefer to write down how you feel


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