MALIN Andersson's violent ex has been caged abusing her, The Sun Online can reveal.
The Love Island star was branded a "liar with mental health issues" by Tom Kemp after she accused him of physical and mental abuse in shocking Instagram posts.
But she has been vindicated after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Kemp was jailed for ten months when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Thursday.
Malin, who appeared on Love Island in 2016, posted harrowing photos last year showing off gruesome bruises on her body after the abuse.
She also shared a picture of bloody nose and tear-stained face as she warned fans about domestic abuse.
Malin wrote alongside her photo on Instagram: "WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT.
"I was fully debating on whether to post this pic. It was in an article last week, but this one triggers me the most. A lot of you see happy Malin prancing in her lingerie – but I kid you not, that wasn’t always the case. I look at this girl and ask her how she made it out.
"How she learnt to love herself. How she discovered her self-worth amongst all the control and suffocation.
"I sometimes ask myself also, was I ever in love? Was the need to stay at the time, purely down to being so deluded? Was it the control? The fear of being alone? What did I lack so bad, that made me stay."
Kemp and Malin embarked on an on-off romance in 2018 with the star discovering she was pregnant in May that year.
They briefly split during her pregnancy amid claims Kemp had been unfaithful, but reunited shortly before daughter Consy was born.
Tragically, the baby girl passed away in January aged just four weeks due to complications from being born premature.
The pair split again after struggling with their grief before briefly reuniting.
Malin then bravely opened up about the violence after their relationship ended for good but did not name Kemp.
She revealed how the abuse began with “love bombing”, where the victim is showered with gifts and compliments.
But she told how the relationship soured when the thug began to mentally abuse her by fixating on her insecurities – calling her "ugly", "fat" and "worthless".
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
She said he also used to make comments about her beloved mum Consy, who died from cancer just months before her namesake granddaughter was born.
Opening up about the violence, Malin told The Sun in June: "It started with things being thrown in my face out of anger — food, bottles of water, whatever was in his hand, all out of anger.
"He switched from zero to 100 within seconds. Once they think they can do that to you, it escalates.”
She compared the abuse to being "stuck in a web with a spider" as she was "hit, pushed, kicked, scratched, spoken down to, controlled, manipulated, cheated on, and so much more”.
Malin now wrestles with PTSD, after the abusive relationship left her mental health and self-esteem in tatters.
She said: “You just feel helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, depression, anxiety.
"The emotional abuse stays with you a lot longer than the physical. It takes a long, long time to heal.”
Malin also previously revealed how she questioned why she stayed for so long, saying: "I sometimes ask myself also, was I ever in love?
"Was the need to stay at the time, purely down to being so deluded? Was it the control? The fear of being alone? What did I lack so bad, that made me stay."
Malin, who returned to her former job as a carer during the coronavirus pandemic, was praised for her courage and honesty.
And she said her coping mechanism now is to let herself feel pain, however difficult that may be.
She said: “If I want to cry because I think of my baby girl, or my mum, or being beaten, I’ll allow myself to remember it, and feel the whole process.
“I went to my little girl’s grave the other day and I wanted to remember her being in hospital, because it allows me to heal better, instead of blocking it out and pretending it didn’t happen.”
Malin said she now aims to use her social media as a platform for other victims to tell their stories to raise awareness of domestic violence.
She said: "My message is: Don’t give up. You can come through the other side if you keep strong and focused. Know that you can do it.”
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