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Mental health charity praises Love Island contestant for openly showing emotion


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A mental health charity has praised Love Island contestant Chris Hughes ‘for being himself’ and showing his emotions.

In a Tweet, Hertfordshire based charity, Signpost Counselling, wrote: "They say men younger & older don't feel safe to show their emotions ... shout out to Chris #LoveIsland for being himself and bearing all."

Earlier this week Chris broke down in tears in the beach hut after Olivia Attwood said they should put their romance on hold.

It came after Olivia was ranked one of the most unpopular islanders in a public vote and suggested Chris was part of the reason for her unpopularity. She felt he was bringing out her worst side, and said because of that they should end things.

As well as breaking down in the beach hut, Chris has also been seen openly showing his emotions during times Olivia has become argumentative with him.

In one tense incident, she shouted at him: “Don’t cry again because that’s the whole reason we’re in this situation”. 

Many men are repeatedly told that emotional expression isn’t a part of masculine identity, with phrases like ‘man up’ and ‘boys don’t cry’ said to them from a young age. Because of this young men can grow up afraid or embarrassed of their emotions.

Chris has been very open about his past battles with anxiety and panic attacks. Just last year in a heartfelt Instagram post he revealed he had received help from a hyponotherapist in 2013 for his anxiety - folowing what he called the ‘most sickening months of my life’. He urged anyone else who was suffering to seek help, too. 

Viewers have called out Olivia for the way she’s treating Chris, saying the way she talks to him is ‘disgusting’, pointing out she is being emotionally manipulative and that her behaviour amounts to bullying.

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