Closer Magazine

Magazines

Malin Andersson visits Bliss Bali retreat in Closer Magazine July 2019
  • Malin Andersson visits Bliss Bali retreat in Closer Magazine July 2019

    Malin Andersson visits Bliss Bali retreat in Closer Magazine July 2019

  • Malin Andersson visits Bliss Bali retreat in Closer Magazine July 2019

    Malin Andersson visits Bliss Bali retreat in Closer Magazine July 2019

Malin Andersson: ‘I wanted to end it all when I lost Consy – now I’m finding peace again’

By Fiona Cassidy

Former Love Island star Malin Andersson opens up about surviving the darkest days following her daughter’s death- and her hopes to have another baby one day.

After enduring a horrific year. Malin Andersson is the picture of health and happiness. and is in a chatty mood despite being jet lagged when Closer catches up with her. The former Love Island star has just touched down from a much-needed break in Bali. where ten days of blue skies. holistic healing sessions. yoga and therapy have given her a new lease of life.

‘It was very spiritual and helped to teach me that being alone can be okay. I had space to breathe. and it was a game changer.’ says Malin, who six months ago endured every mother’s worst nightmare when her baby daughter, Consy, tragically passed away at just four weeks old.

Since Consy’s death, Malin has shown remarkable resilience in the face of unimaginable pain, using her experience to help others deal with their grief. But the 26 year old admits that. in her darkest days as she watched her baby girl slowly lose her battle for her life, she began to collect sleeping tablets, preparing herself for a way out, too.

Heart Defect

“From the day she was born, I was told she may not make it”, Malin tells Closer. “I thought. ‘If she’s going to go, I’m going to go, too.’ I didn’t want to be without her.” Consy- named her after Malin’s mother. who tragically lost her battle with cancer in November 2017 – was born last December, nearly two months early after a heart defect was detected at just 33 weeks into the pregnancy.

At just 4lb 8oz, baby Consy was too tiny to be operated on, and died four weeks later in hospital, with Malin by her side.

“After Consy died I locked myself in my apartment for about three weeks,” she explains. “I hadn’t even grieved properly after my mum’s death, and now Consy, too.

“I didn’t want to see anyone. I was drinking the whole time – and there were times I would grab my sleeping tablets and think. ‘Do I join Mum and Consy in heaven or do I stay here?’ One day, l decided I just couldn’t drink any more. I thought. ‘What a waste of a life, a waste of my mum’s life and of Consy’s life.’ It felt too selfish to take my own”.

Self-Help

A month later, Malin began weekly therapy sessions – which she still attends and bravely started to talk about her loss.

“It was a form of therapy for me to share my experiences.” says Malin who has developed a self-help app for people struggling with difficult situations. “It’s fulfilling to think that the suffering I’ve been through can be put to good use. The response has been amazing.”

Another significant step in the road to healing was Malin’s decision to end her toxic on/off 14-month relationship with Consy’s dad, Tom Kemp, in March.

Last month Malin took to lnstagram. claiming Tom had been abusive, and even accusing him of cheating while Consy was in intensive care. Tom  strongly denied the claims, branding Malin “a liar with mental health issues”.

“I’d been suffering in silence with Tom.” she explains. ‘He was narcissistic and he humiliated and bullied me, but I kept going back for more because I thought I had no one else. I used him as a comfort blanket when I was vulnerable – it was toxic and I’ll never go back. I felt had to speak out to draw a line under it all.”

Body Insecurities

Now, she says she’s in no hurry to find Mr Right, “I want to find love- but sometimes the more you look for it the harder it is to find.” she says. “I’m texting a few guys at the moment but nothing serious. I’m just focusing on me right now.” And after rising to fame on notoriously looks-obsessed show Love Island in 2016, Malin admits her relationship with her body has since drastically changed. In the wake of online trolling over her appearance on the hit TV show, she spent £7k on a bum lift, liposuction and a boob job in a bid to boost her self-confidence. ‘

“I spent so long counting calories and weighing myself, getting rid of any food I put in my body- whether it was laxatives or making myself sick. I was unhappy and constantly feeling like I wasn’t good enough.”

Last week. Malin was praised by fans for posting a bikini picture from Bali – where she spent time at the Bliss Sanctuary For Women – celebrating her cellulite.

“Time is short and life is short,” says Malin. “What matters is being true and real – and I hope seeing a little bit of cellulite will make someone feel better about themselves.. Experiencing losses opens up your eyes to what’s important.”

Inspiration

Despite her suffering. Malin hopes one day to have more children. “Even though I had Consy, it doesn’t feel like I had the chance to be a mum, to be honest.” she admits. “At the time. it felt like it was so out of my hands. As a mother, you should have everything in-hand, but I couldn’t hold her – she was getting treated, washed, all by other people. I would love kids in the future. but absolutely not with Tom!”

Malin is now focused on building a new life for herself, with memories of her mum and baby girl serving as constant inspiration.

“I view everything differently now,” she admits. “I see how stressed people get about small things. how we’re so worried about what might happen, we don’t take enough joy in the present.”

She adds. “I picture how both my mum and Consy would be now. and I hope I’m making them proud. That keeps me going and gives me a sense of peace.”

Malin stayed at the Bliss Sanctuary for Women. For more information. visit Blisssanctuaryforwomen.com.

July 2019

Bliss Sanctuary For Women, empowering women to travel solo with a tailored Bali retreat holiday just for you.

Follow your bliss your way with an experience completely tailored to you. More than a retreat for women, it’s your personal time out for rejuvenation and wellness. This Bali holiday is free of group schedules so you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. From unlimited sightseeing, unlimited massages, unlimited yoga, meditation, healers, plentiful and yummy food, shopping, personal drivers to take you anywhere you would like to go…  it’s all up to you.

Check out our Bali Packages and remember they are all completely flexible so you can change anything you would like once here.

We would love to meet you!

Bliss Media

  • Vacations and Travel Magazine

    Vacations and Travel Magazine

    Spa and Wellness: Women’s-only sanctuary in Ubud
  • Venus Magazine

    Venus Magazine

    When a stressed out and exhausted Zoe Watson needed a break from the daily grind she headed to the tropical …
  • Cosmopolitan Website

    Cosmopolitan Website

    The hardest part is finding someone to take your Instagram photos...
  • New Idea Magazine

    New Idea Magazine

    Find Your Bliss in Bali - New Idea Associate Editor Holly Richards swapped deadlines for massages at this women-only retreat.
  • Label Magazine

    Label Magazine

    Be your best with Bliss. More than a yoga retreat or healthy holiday, Bliss Sanctuary for Women sets its sights …
  • Signature Luxury Travel Magazine

    Signature Luxury Travel Magazine

    Bali’s Healing Magic. On the ‘Island of the Gods’, healing through both the physical and spiritual is a natural way …
  • Hospitality Interiors Magazine

    Hospitality Interiors Magazine

    The retreat us ideally situated in a tranquil cul-de-sac, yet with the area's famed shopping, restaurants and beautiful beaches in …
  • Black Beauty & Hair Magazine

    Black Beauty & Hair Magazine

    With spring being the season of blossoming and renewing, doesn't the idea of retreating to discover yourself sound appealing?
  • Natural Health Magazine

    Natural Health Magazine

    The Bliss Sanctuary For Women in Bali offers proper pampering for mums and daughters this Mother's Day - think deep …
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine

    Good Housekeeping Magazine

    A yoga break can restore your mind, body and soul like nothing else. However much time you have to spare, …
  • Bella Magazine

    Bella Magazine

    Prepare yourself for the most pampering holiday of your life. Blissful days - Bliss Sanctuary For Women is one special …
  • Bloc Magazine

    Bloc Magazine

    Responding to world travel trends, Bliss Sanctuary offers more than a breathtaking Bali retreat – it’s a sanctuary.
  • Modern Spa Magazine

    Modern Spa Magazine

    This Bliss Sanctuary For Women has launched a second relaxation sanctuary, in Seminyak, Bali. Founder Zoë Watson tells us whar's …
  • Ahlan! Magazine

    Ahlan! Magazine

    Working out suddenly doesn't seem such an effort when you do it in paradise.
  • Soul & Spirit Magazine

    Soul & Spirit Magazine

    The Best Female-Only Retreats. Travel unaccompanied to these sanctuaries of relaxation without feeling alone.
  • Woman & Home Magazine

    Woman & Home Magazine

    A Holiday Just For Me – I’d always dreamed of a relaxing escape and on a whim I booked a …
  • Closer Magazine

    Closer Magazine

    Josie Gibson: I get “fat fear” and weigh myself every day.
  • Woman Magazine

    Woman Magazine

    I Felt Relaxed and Refreshed. Sipping a cocktail by the pool, I felt the sun warm my skin. I was …
  • Madison Magazine

    Madison Magazine

    What Comes Next - For these women, a severe life setback was the catalyst that set them free, Sophie Miura …
  • Escape Magazine

    Escape Magazine

    Women’s Retreat Is Ultimate Bliss. Ladies, forget the Kuta rat-race and discover a serene sanctuary where it’s all about you.
Bliss in the Media
For all media enquiries please contact Cathy Jackson at Grays Public Relations +61 412 515 819 or cathy@grayspr.com.au
Bliss in the Media on FacebookBliss in the Media on InstagramBliss in the Media on PinterestBliss in the Media on TwitterBliss in the Media on Youtube

Share the Bliss