Former soap star Paul Danan has claimed Celebrity Love Island bosses helped him with his drug withdrawal, when he appeared on the show.
The former Hollyoaks actor appeared as a contestant on the ITV dating show in 2005, which was the first series, and has now claimed that he was given Valium, as he battled drug withdrawal symptoms.
The show was based in Fiji for that series and Paul has claimed that he took a number of 'party drugs' before jetting off to the island and said that he was 'shivering and shaking' from the comedown.
Speaking to The Sun, Paul revealed some of the reasons for his erratic behaviour in the villa, that led to a potentially violent confrontation with Westlife's former bodyguard Fran Cosgrave.
The show has come under fire for its aftercare, with the tragic suicide of Mike Thalassitis highlighting the mental health concerns of former Love Islanders.
Speaking about his time on the show, Paul said: "I was fine mentally, it was more just asking, ‘Do you have any problems’.
"At that time I didn’t realise that I probably did have a few issues with addiction. I suppose he must just have thought, ‘You seem all right'."
It turned out that this was just a front and as the cameras rolled, Paul started to feel "serious withdrawals" from the drugs.
To help him out, Paul revealed: "They gave me some Valium and it just chilled me out and the next day I was fine and that was it.
"That was the end of my kind of cluck. I didn’t even know.”
Paul has also claimed that show producers had decided to ply him with alcohol, despite him having stints in rehab for addiction and that he became 'unpredictable' when drinking.
This was proved when Paul had a drunken confrontation with Fran Cosgrove, which saw him ejected from the villa by the show's security.
Speaking on the Berkhamsted Revisted: A Teenage Diary Podcast, Paul stated that he felt producers were looking to get him drunk as it would help boost ratings.
Paul said: “Maybe the reason they gave us more booze was because they saw that people were liking this Danan drunk, let’s give him some booze because it doesn’t seem to agree with him and something’s gonna happen because no one is really copping off.
"I was the one saying to everyone, ‘Come on, if you like her, she’s for let’s get it on’.
"Everyone was like, ‘Careful of the cameras’. I didn’t even notice the cameras, there were so many palm trees that you don’t really see any cameras."
Speaking about the confrontation with Fran, Paul blamed the situation on a number of negative feelings coming to a head.
He continued: “I just lost it. I got very paranoid, I was coming off a hell of a lot of drugs and it was just one of those things where it was like, ‘Don’t give me alcohol because it doesn’t agree with me but they did'.
"I ended having this big row, literally the bouncers have got my arms and my legs are pulling me off and I’m calling him this gay, Irish… Disgusting words, god knows what was coming out of my mouth, it was so wrong."
He claims that show bosses were loving the notoriety that Love Island was gaining.
Paul asserted: "But it was great TV for them because suddenly the ratings went up. They chucked me off the island, they took me off on a speed boat to another island, because Fiji is made of little islands.
"I was sitting there on this other island and was like, ‘What am I doing here?’ They were like, ‘Paul, this is serious, we don’t know if we can bring you back on’.
"They had a vote whether or not I was allowed to come back and I come back on but the deal was I wasn’t allowed to drink, nothing. They calmed down giving the booze out and when they did they made sure I was OK."
Mirror Online contacted ITV for comment, who declined due to medical confidentiality.
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