A contestant for this year’s Love Island turned to her grandparents to fund a £5,000 boob job for her 21st birthday.
Amy Hart from Worthing, West Sussex, was tonight revealed to be a participant in the show, set to air on July 3.
She first hit headlines five years ago when her low body confidence saw her go from a 34A to a 34DD bust, courtesy of Dee and Harry Giles.
She will appear on ITV2 with fellow contestants Curtis Pritchard, Joe Garratt, Yewande Biala, Anton Danyluk, Lucie Donlan, Anna Vikali, Amber Gill, Tommy Fury. Michael Griffiths, Sharif Lanre and Callum Macleod this summer.
Filming for the fifth series began last month, with the identities of this year’s Love Islanders kept secret until tonight.
Amy (pictured, left, and, right, following her breast implant surgery) is among the participants on this year’s Love Island, set to hit screens in July
Pictured: This year’s Love Islanders. Back row: Curtis Pritchard, Amy Hart, Joe Garratt, Yewande Biala, Anton Danyluk, Lucie Donlan, Anna Vikali, Amber Gill and Tommy Fury. Front row: Michael Griffiths, Sharif Lanre and Callum Macleod
The Love Islander (pictured before her surgery) previously told of how she suffered low self-esteem because of her breast size
Amy (pictured) first hit headlines five years ago when she went public about the surgery, which she credits with boosting her self-esteem
The show returns to screens amid concerns about the psychological aftercare on offer for those who appear on the programme, after the deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
Sophie hanged herself at her family home last year and Mike committed suicide aged just 26 in March.
Beauty pageant champion Amy previously revealed how a battle with low self-esteem left her desperate for a breast augmentation.
Love Island has unveiled its contestants for this year’s show (right, Amy in a promo shot for the reality programme) after she went public in 2014 about her operation (left, a picture of Amy at the time)
But when she approached her mother, Susanne Hart, she was told the £5,000 operation was out of the question.
Her doting grandparents were hesitant at first but when Amy said that if they couldn’t help she would take out a commercial loan Harry and Dee finally relented and agreed to lend her the cash.
Once she was given the go-ahead, Amy wasted no time and days later had booked an appointment with a private surgeon and decided on a double D pair to take the place of her natural boobs.
The stewardess was no stranger to surgery having had her teeth corrected when she was just a teenager.
‘When I was 17 I had veneers for my teeth and they made me so much more confident and willing to smile I figured that it would be a similar story with my boobs.’
Amy’s grandparents (pictured with her as a child) funded the surgery when her mother refused because they didn’t want her taking out a commercial loan
Despite it being a life long dream to have bigger breasts, Amy admitted that she was nervous about the procedure.
‘I had a wobble the week before my surgery but when they came to draw on me I figured it was too late now and I was sure it was the right decision.’
Since having the procedure the 22-year-old feels so confident that she has turned to beauty pageants to flaunt her new figure and has spent the last year strutting the catwalk.
‘I’m loving getting in to the pageant circuit – I would never have had the confidence before I had the surgery’ she said at the time.
That was then: After a late entrance to Love Island’s second season in 2017, Mike was at the heart of the drama but later killed himself amid reports he struggled with the trappings of fame
‘The best bit is that it’s not all about looking nice and pretty dresses – it’s about inspiring younger girls and raising thousands for charity.’
Amy says that since her operation she has been able to where whatever she wants without feeling self conscious about her small chest.
‘I’ve always been flat-chested and all my friends are really skinny with massive boobs and I would actually hide and refuse to sunbathe next to them.
‘Now I never worry about putting on a bikini or a nice dress to go out because my boobs are ample enough to fill them. And it’s all thanks to my grandma and granddad.’
Amy (pictured following her surgery) will be among the contestants heading to Love Island for this year’s series
Although her grandparents originally paid for the procedure Amy is helping to cover the cost by repaying them slowly.
‘Borrowing the money from my grandparents was definitely worth it – even though I’m paying it back bit by bit every month.’
Amy attempted to keep her breast implants quiet but has since decided that they are something to be proud of.
‘I thought about keeping my fake boobs a secret, but when a friend told everyone in my hometown I didn’t really have a choice.
‘And then I thought: “Why should I be ashamed?” I have a career, I didn’t take money from the NHS to get them, and I’m much happier.’
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