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Malin Andersson says abusive relationship was ‘like a drug’: ‘You feel like you do need them to survive’

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Malin Andersson has been open about her past abusive relationship (Picture: REX)

Love Island star Malin Andersson has spoken out on her past abusive relationship, saying she found it was ‘like a drug’.

The star has been open about her struggle with domestic violence, previously encouraging survivors to speak up.

Shedding light on her experience in a new interview, she said she felt like she needed her partner to survive after giving birth to her daughter Consy, who died when she was a month old.

‘I met my ex-partner a week after my mum died, so I was in a dark place anyway. I met him at a party and I got reeled in quite quick,’ Malin explained to Look Fantastic.

‘Narcissists like to do that, they love-bomb you at the start, everything’s perfect, and I fell pregnant within a few months.’

The 28-year-old added that she felt like having a family was her purpose in life however, when she got more pregnant, the relationship got worse, and her partner started to hit her.

‘I felt more isolated than I had done before carrying her because I thought, “Okay, I’m going to have to do this alone because I can’t be with him.” But when you’re in a domestically abusive relationship, you feel like you need them, it’s like a drug almost,’ Malin reflected.

‘They make you feel like you do need them to survive. Without having family, I thought I can’t do this alone with my daughter.’

Malin Andersson's late daughter
Malin’s baby daughter Consy died at a month old (Picture: @missmalinsara)

Malin was able to get out of her relationship, revealing last year that her ex-partner, Tom Kemp, had been jailed for domestic abuse.

Kemp was sentenced to 10 months in prison after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm. However, he was released after three months.

While never referring to him by name online, Malin finally spoke up with a series of photos, detailing a string of horrific bruises and injuries, including a bloody nose and a bite mark on her cheek.

Malin has been open about her PTSD from the abuse, and has turned her social media into a force for empowerment and positivity.

Domestic abuse helpline

If you are in immediate danger call 999. If you cannot talk, dial 55 and the operator will respond.

For emotional support, you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Alternatively, for practical and emotional support, please contact Women’s Aid Live Chat 10am – 6pm seven days a week.

For free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse, you can call Solace on 0808 802 5565 or email advice@solacewomensaid.org.

Male victims of domestic abuse can call 01823 334244 to speak to ManKind, an initiative available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.

Alternatively, the Men’s Advice Line can be reached at 0808 8010327, or emailed at info@mensadviceline.org.uk.

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