She might have managed to stay coupled up with boyfriend Adam Collard since leaving the Love Island villa.
But now Zara McDemott has lifted the lid on the secret inner turmoil she faced while filming the ITV2 series over the summer.
Former government advisor Zara, 21, was asked by a fan on Instagram Stories if there was anything she would change about her Love Island experience.
And the reality star quickly spilled her guts about how self-conscious she felt throughout the whole experience.
Love Island’s Zara McDermott and Adam Collard loved up as ever as she surprises him with amazing birthday gift
She said: “I wish I’d have let myself enjoy it more.
“When I was in there I was very conscious of the cameras.
“Very conscious of not saying anything behind anyone’s back, very conscious of not embarrassing myself and I never truly let my hair down.
“It’s also very unsettling being in a place where you have NO IDEA what’s round the corner.”
Zara went on to explain that the twists instigated by Love Island producers turned out to be her “worst nightmare”.
She continued: “If I’m honest, what happened to me in there was actually my worst nightmare.
“I said to Adam that night before Caroline came in that I had a feeling that there was going to be a dumping, and I was saying do you remember what happened to Jess and Dom last year? Imagine that happened to us?
“And lo and behold, 3 hours later it happened. So I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but tbh it was pretty impossible when you have no idea what’s coming next, and the island can be a pretty brutal place!”
Zara’s revelation about the popular dating show comes just days after she celebrated boyfriend Adam’s 23rd birthday.
On Instagram, she revealed that she surprised her beau with a trip to Miami and the Bahamas – and handed over a wad of US dollars to mark the occasion.
She captioned the post: "Happy birthday to my baby @adamcollard.
“I am taking him to Miami and the Bahamas next week!!! Was so hard keeping it a secret.. thank you @mattynicholson1 and @charlipaton for helping me and thank you @mollyscupcakes1 for this amazing cake!"
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