The Coventry student has opened up an important conversation, encouraging people in his position to do the same
Love Island viewers were shocked when Niall Aslam suddenly quit the show only a couple of weeks in to the series, citing ‘personal reasons’.
Niall’s short stint on the show saw him initially couple up with Kendall Rae-Knight then later with new girl Georgia Steel.
Although his friends couldn’t get hold of him initially after his exit, the 23-year-old has now posted a statement on Instagram revealing the real reason for his departure – and it’s incredibly important.
In an in-depth post, Niall explained he has Asperger’s syndrome, something he has never told anyone but his family before now.
‘For far too long I have suffered in silence and not acknowledged a massive fact about my life which going in to the villa has led me to finally realise and accept,’ he wrote.
‘When I was a young child I was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome, a fact that until this post has never shared outside of my close family [sic].
‘Growing up was extremely difficult for me and I often felt out of place… But now I think it is important that I come forward, not only so I can finally be honest with myself but so that other individuals in my position can embrace their true colours.’
Niall also took the opportunity to thank both ITV and the British public for their support. You can read his full post below.
Former contestants Hayley and Kendall, with whom Niall was first coupled up with, left encouraging comments on the post.
‘So very proud of you, we missed you so much in the villa!’ wrote Hayley. ‘It wasn’t the same without you, hope to see you very soon!’
Meanwhile Kendall posted, ‘You should be so proud of yourself, huge respect for you Niall and honoured to have spent the time in the villa with someone like you, you’ve done amazing! Hope to see you soon xx’.
It makes total sense that the Love Island experience may have been too overwhelming for Niall, but we’re so glad to hear that he’s benefited from the experience.
We’d also like to commend him for his incredible honesty and for sharing such a positive message. Go on, Niall!