Love Island star Niall Aslam has spoken out about why he left the show for the first time since his shock exit just one week in. His departure has been kept a mystery and he stopped updating his social media profiles once he left, with show producers refusing to comment on why he left and all of the usual press appearances were cancelled. Speculation mounted about his health or the health of his loved ones, but two weeks later Niall has finally commented on the shock exit by writing an open letter to the British public explaining that he has Aspergers. The 23 year old student took to Instagram to make the announcement, and admitted that thought he had been diagnosed as a child he had kept it a secret from all but his closest family because he didn't want to be treated differently.
Apparently, going into the villa had been a difficult experience for him with his autism and his struggles with his self-image and general stress had grown when he entered. He had spent his younger years obsessed with the size of his ears and undergone surgery to pin them back because he couldn't leave the house without a beanie hat on at certain points because he was so paranoid about them. He has revealed that he refuses to keep 'suffering in silence' and thanked ITV bosses for their understanding and the use of the villa therapist during the show and psychological support after his departure. In his message, Niall wrote: "Right, so here it goes... for this post I am putting my laying it on thick brush down and hoping to hit the nation with a love potion... For far too long I have suffered in silence and not acknowledged a massive fact about my life which going into the villa has led me to finally realise and accept... When I was a young child I was diagnosed with asperges syndrome, a fact that until this post has never shared outside of my close family... Growing up was extremely difficult for me and I often felt out of place.
"I always felt that people didn't understand me, yet I was afraid to reveal my true scales as I did not want the label or stigma that was attached to it... But now I think it is important that I come forward, not only so that I can finally be honest with myself and to those around me, but also so that other individuals in my position can embrace their true colours. It's not been an easy ride for me to come to terms with this fact but I am glad that I can now accept who I am, and am looking forward to my next chapter... I would just like to thank the team at ITV for always backing me and giving me the opportunity to rid my myself of my insecurities and embrace the fact that I am different yet I am still a rainbow fish. I can't explain how grateful I am for the support from the whole team over this period. I would also like to thank the British public for the love you have all shown me over the past few weeks, it has been overwhelming... Now it's time for this rainbow fish to dive deep into the big blue ocean and show the world what I'm all about - there's more layers to come! #AutismAwareness #BeYourOwnKindOfRainbowFish #LessPrangMoreLove'.