A Love Island hopeful who spent £15,000 in a desperate attempt to get on the show is picking up the pieces of her life after she was rejected by producers.
Emily Dorrell squandered her house deposit on a series of operations to boost her chances of starring in this year's series but ultimately failed.
The 27-year-old single mum from Coventry has been a mega fan of the reality TV show and had previously suffered three knock-backs in the past.
But this year she went under the knife to secure her place, paying thousands for a boob lift, boob reduction and a Brazilian butt lift.
Emily spent £15,000 on surgery to get on Love Island. Credit: Instagram
Speaking to Closer Magazine, she said: "Before, I was a size 14 with JJ boobs - not the skinny look you see on Love Island.
"I thought the show could kick-start my career - maybe I'd get a fashion line - so I spent the £15,000 I had in savings on the surgery. I thought it was an investment in my future - I've seen girls like Olivia Attwood go on to have great careers and make money, so I'd love to emulate that.
"Now, I love my new body, but it didn't work - I'm still not going to be on TV.
"I was saving for a house deposit. Now all that cash has been squandered, and I'm stuck wasting my money on rent."
In January this year, Emily contacted the official Love Island Instagram account, to ask them what they look for in a contestant.
But she was knocked back for the fourth time. Credit: Instagram
She said: "I asked them to think about making me an Islander. I'm bubbly and good fun, so I'd be perfect.
"I've read about previous contestants suffering with depression afterwards, but I think I'm mentally strong enough, and I've got a great support network around me.
"I was so excited when I got a reply from a producer to say they'd look out for my application, as I thought it meant I might be in for a chance - they were so friendly."
After receiving the hopeful response, Emily says she immediately decided to go for surgery. A month later she had a Skype consultation with a surgeon before flying to Spain for her operation.
Despite the setback, she says she loves her new body. Credit: Instagram
She added: "I know a lot of the Love Island stars have had surgery, so I wanted to maximize my chances by making sure I looked like them. Really big boobs like mine aren't in fashion. I also wanted a skinny waist and pert bottom.
"I started researching clinics on Instagram, and came across one in Marbella that was recommended by a Geordie Shore star, so I rang them up.
"My mum was furious and told me I was being selfish. I'd seen the news about women who have died after a Brazilian butt lift, but the clinic I chose had good reviews.
"I did feel guilty about leaving my son behind with Mum - but I thought I was investing in a future for us if it would bring career opportunities."
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