The 24-year-old took to Instagram on International Women’s Day to address the trolls directly after she claimed a number of her followers had asked if she was expecting with boyfriend Liam Reardon, whom she met on the ITV dating series.
“No, I am not pregnant,” she told her 1.9 million followers. “Although hopefully one day I will be…I’ve now experienced what it’s like to be absolutely torn apart by the way you look, dress, act and it can be hard on someone to be constantly judged.
“I’ve always been (before Love Island) fluctuating between a size 8 and 10, but most of the time a size 10.
“I was so happy with the way I looked, I didn’t think twice about it. On the weeks leading up to Love Island, I felt the need to lose several pounds because I knew I was going to be surrounded by beautiful slim girls. I worked out every single day and ate salad for lunch and to tell you the truth I was miserable while doing it.”
Millie continued: “I went from a size 10 to a 6, and it’s the smallest I’ve ever been as a young adult. Because of my height, this made me look unhealthily skinny, of which I was (not eating barely anything, feeling ill all the time, tired, dizzy) and I remember looking at myself, I’d lost my boobs and my bum and those curves I once had and I missed them.”
She added: “The point of this, since coming out of Love Island, I found my love for food again and yes I’m getting back to my usual size.
“But I love being this way and I just want you all to know that if you love your body, and the way that you are, then that is the most important thing.”
Millie’s impassioned statement comes after she shared unedited pictures of herself for International Women’s Day, which showed her natural figure and skin texture.
“Today is a day where we can celebrate us,” she said. “I have so many women in my life who inspire me every day and I wanted to give a little something today that can hopefully inspire one of you.
“Loving our imperfections can be difficult, but when you learn to embrace them and realise that our imperfections don’t define ys, they are just a part of us alongside everything that creates you as a person.”
Millie, we applaud your honesty.