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22 November 2021, 13:21
AJ Bunker spoke about her Love Island journey and the pressure she felt to look her best before entering the villa.
The 28-year-old, who entered the Villa as a bombshell this summer, revealed that she got multiple rounds of filler in her face in a bid to look "younger" before the show.
In a recent interview, the ex-Islander got candid about how comments on her age during Love Island's run affected her, saying "it was definitely upsetting".
AJ, which is short for Andrea-Jane, initially set out to get injectable fillers to disguise a fine line under her eye before going back for several more rounds in the space of a month.
The former extension technician sat down with The Sun to chat about the cosmetic procedures she received ahead of her summer in Majorca.
AJ said: "When I found out I was going into the Villa, I panicked. I decided to get cheek filler last-minute and once I had it done, I just kept going back.
"I thought ‘I need more, I need more.'"
The Hertfordshire beauty spent more than £1,000 on the procedures, with each injection having a price point of £250.
The reality star revealed that she was conscious of her age ahead of the show: "I was hoping it would make me look younger because I had this line under my eye which I thought looked like a big wrinkle or an eye bag."
"I didn’t want to look tired. I spent all this money but it did the opposite," she told the publication.
Speaking on the multiple rounds of filler, she said: "I didn’t realise how much it changed my face shape. It was only when I watched myself back on TV, I realised ‘oh my God that doesn’t even look like me’."
AJ believes that a medical professional should have said to her "no, you’ve had enough", instead of continuing to carry out the injections.
"They just kept taking my money. In that process, I didn’t realise it was making my face look worse."
The star confessed: "I was chasing this generic idea of perfection, rather than learning to love myself and my flaws."
"There is definitely pressure to look a certain way."