Wes Nelson has opened up on his mental health since leaving Love Island, admitting it’s the first time he had felt ‘genuinely depressed’ in his life.
The former Islander, 22, appeared on Munya Chawawa’s Deep Issue Massage on YouTube, where he admitted that he found life after the show ‘lonely’.
He explained: ‘The only time I’ve ever been genuinely depressed was since I left the Villa. Like genuinely depressed.
‘And it wasn’t because of the comments and this that and the other, it’s just that it’s actually very lonely.
‘The thing is, when you leave your house and you’re working, everything you do is watched and recorded, you’re constantly just thinking. The only time you’re sort of relaxed is when you’re in your own home, and I lived on my own and for a while I was just bouncing around hotels for a year and a half.’
Wes, who is reported to be a millionaire thanks to wise investments, admitted that fans don’t always understand that fame and fortune don’t equal happiness.
He revealed: ‘There’s things going on in your personal life, like I’ve lost two of my grandparents this year.
‘Then you walk out the next day and people are like “Why are you so depressed? Why do you look upset, you’ve got this much money and you’re doing this, that and the other, how can you be upset?” And they forget that you’re human.’
Wes also revealed that he works on his music ’15 to 20 hours a day’ because focusing on what he is passionate about helps his mental health.
He also says he opens up to his brother when he needs to talk, as his brother is ‘the voice of reason, he brings me back down to earth.’