LOVE Island winner Amber Davies has warned trolls "I don't care what you say about my a*** anymore" after buying her first home at 23.
The 24-year-old beauty is one of the most successful former contestants from the ITV2 dating show, which she won in 2017 alongside ex Kem Cetinay.
Post Love Island, she has raked in the cash by landing several high-profile stage roles and now a BBC drama.
And in an exclusive interview with The Sun, Amber admitted that financial success after a stint in the famous villa is much more likely than finding love.
She explained: "I’ve seen criticism online, ‘Oh, she’s only in there for a fashion deal, he’s only in there to get a range with Boohoo’, but I just think, ‘Good on ya’.
"I have bought my own house at the age of 23. It’s probably much more likely than a relationship, to be honest."
I used to agonise over my appearance and feel like I had to be the very best I could at all times.
Like many Love Islanders, Amber’s screen romance failed to flourish after the show. But it did prove to be a springboard to a long-term career as a performer.
She has now also rekindled her romance with boyfriend Nick Kyriacou after they briefly split this year.
Having studied acting at stage school, she landed her breakthrough West End role in Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5, winning critical acclaim, before securing a part in upcoming musical Bring It On, a spin-off from a series of cheerleading films.
I really don’t care if somebody goes online to say something negative or tell me my a*** is flat.
The delayed production is now set to open later this year, with Amber filling the time between now and then with a new role in CBBC production Almost Never — a children’s drama about a boyband bidding to hit the big time.
And her continued success away from Love Island has given her the confidence to put two fingers up at critics and online trolls, having developed “a very thick skin”.
She says: “I used to agonise over my appearance and feel like I had to be the very best I could at all times, but now I’ve gone through a bit of a flip and I just don’t. I think Covid helped me rethink everything because everything was very real.
“I’ve bought my own house at the age of 23, I have a gorgeous dog, I have a gorgeous car. I really don’t care if somebody goes online to say something negative or tell me my a*** is flat.
“I also got with my boyfriend Nick last year. I was happy in my relationship and I felt like I had no one to impress. I’m happy in my own skin.
“My family think I’m beautiful, my friends think I’m beautiful, my boyfriend thinks I’m beautiful — that’s all that really matters to me.
“But I am very thick-skinned and I really don’t care enough. I don’t know whether that’s come from having a big social media profile over four years, but now I’m kind of numb to the haters.”
- Almost Never is out now, on CBBC and BBC iPlayer
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