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Shaughna Phillips recently surprised fans when she revealed she had undergone surgery.
The Love Island star then revealed she had been diagnosed with a condition called lipoedema, which is a chronic condition caused by the build up of abnormal fat cells, according to the NHS.
Shaughna, 25, also revealed she didn’t know she had the condition after she left the Love Island villa earlier this year, but has felt insecure about her legs for a long time.
In a candid chat with OK! online, the stunning star said: “I think I’ve always had an insecurity about my legs, that was the one thing that I said to the Love Island therapist – before you go in there, they ask you loads of questions, how you deal with trolls.”
What is lipoedema? The condition Shaughna Phillips has recently had surgery to treat
Shaughna Phillips confirms she's had liposuction after being diagnosed with chronic condition following mystery surgery posts
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The stunning star added: “Anything that a troll has to say to me I probably think about it already. So, to be honest, the trolling comments about my legs don’t necessarily affect me, it’s something that happened a long time before Love Island, I’ve always felt conscious about them.”
She explained that her mum received messages from fans asking is Shaughna had lipoedema while she was in the villa, but her mum didn’t tell Shaughna about the comments as she feared it was trolls being cruel.
Shaughna continued: “It’s only when this girl asked me about it and I thought: ‘I had no idea what that is’.
“I Googled it and I literally ticked every single symptom that they had… and looking at pictures of girls and it was such a relief to think: ‘oh my God I’m not just lazy or it’s not just how I’m built I actually have a condition’.”
The stunning reality star, who recently responded to rumours of a romance between her and Pete Wicks, said her diagnosis earlier this year was like “a light at the end of the tunnel”.
Shaughna then revealed she remembers a cruel ex-boyfriend making a remark about her legs, despite her spending hours in the gym to tackle her insecurities.
She told OK! online: “I specifically remember this time that I’d just lost weighed myself in the gym, I was nine stone six pounds and I message my then-boyfriend – who was very horrible.
“I messaged him saying: ‘Oh my God I just weighed myself I’m nine stone six’ and his reply was: ‘Oh that’s good now you can sort your legs out and then you’ll be nice’.
“And I remember thinking: ‘I physically can’t get any skinner than what I am and my legs are still not good enough’ and I just did not know what to do.
“I was killing myself in the gym and I was still getting those kinds of comments!
“So to then be told a name and given a checklist for symptoms it was amazing, even though it wasn’t necessarily good news that you’ve got something it was a weight lifted off my… my legs!”
Shaughna recently underwent massage therapy and liposuction to help treat her condition and now hopes to use her platform to raise awareness.
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Speaking about her decision to go through a specialist rather than get the procedure for free in exchange for her promoting the surgeon on social media, she said: “I wanted to go to someone that knew what they were talking about in terms of my actual condition.
“I wanted to pay for the surgery because I didn’t want to do any collaborations, I wanted it to be completely honest and know that if girls are looking at me that are a little bit worried that they have it they will know that anything I tell them from now is completely honest, even down to the bleeding a stuff like that.”
Shaughna was speaking on behalf of Mike’s Hard Seltzer, who has launched a dating advice hotline to help Brits stop overthinking their love life. Mike’s Love Advice Hotline will be open to the public via WhatsApp on 25th September from 3-6pm, and Pete Wicks and Shaughna Phillips will be on hand to answer any questions. Text in to 07310 756 469, and to find out more visit https://mikeshard.co.uk/pages/hotline
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