When Niall Aslam suddenly disappeared from Love Island at the start of the series, viewers were left heartbroken as many reckoned he was tipped to win the whole show because he was such a lovely guy.

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Since his shock departure, Niall has gone on to reveal why he was forced to take time out. In a post on Instagram he wrote: “For far too long I have suffered in silence and not acknowledged a massive fact about my life which going into the villa has led me to finally realise and accept.

Right, so here it goes…for this post I am putting my laying it on thick brush down and hoping to hit the nation with a love potion. For far too long I have suffered in silence and not acknowledged a massive fact about my life which going into the villa has led me to finally realise and accept. When I was a young child I was diagnosed with asperges syndrome, a fact that until this post has never shared outside of my close family. Growing up was extremely difficult for me and I often felt out of place. I always felt that people didn't understand me, yet I was afraid to reveal my true scales as I did not want the label or stigma that was attached to it. But now I think it is important that I come forward, not only so that I can finally be honest with myself and to those around me, but also so that other individuals in my position can embrace their true colours. It's not been an easy ride for me to come to terms with this fact but I am glad that I can now accept who I am, and am looking forward to my next chapter. I would just like to thank the team at ITV for always backing me and giving me the opportunity to rid my myself of my insecurities and embrace the fact that I am different yet I am still a rainbow fish. I can't explain how grateful I am for the support from the whole team over this period. I would also like to thank the British public for the love you have all shown me over the past few weeks, it has been overwhelming. Now it's time for this rainbow fish to dive deep into the big blue ocean and show the world what I'm all about – there's more layers to come! 🐠#AutismAwareness #BeYourOwnKindOfRainbowFish #LessPrangMoreLove

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“When I was a young child I was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, a fact that until this post has never shared outside of my close family,”he shared. “Growing up was extremely difficult for me and I often felt out of place. I always felt that people didn’t understand me, yet I was afraid to reveal my true scales as I did not want the label or stigma that was attached to it.”

He added: “But now I think it is important that I come forward, not only so that I can finally be honest with myself and to those around me, but also so that other individuals in my position can embrace their true colours. It’s not been an easy ride for me to come to terms with this fact but I am glad that I can now accept who I am, and am looking forward to my next chapter.”

Since that admission, Niall has remained away from the public eye and has now revealed in a new Instagram post why.

As you all know around two months ago I shared with you my reasons for leaving Love Island and the struggles of day to day life living with Asperger’s syndrome. Since leaving the Villa life I have had to confront other mental health concerns including anxiety which has left me unable to appear on live telvision and to see my fans. I have been taking medication as a short term fix but I am taking less every week and im battling to restore my self to the confident lad I was. I would not have been able to come so far if it wasnt for the love and support of the public your messages of support have been helping me through. Keep your eyes peeled as I’m sure you’ll see me very soon. Always remember …. lay it on thick, be yourself and be confident to talk about mental health

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“As you all know around two months ago I shared with you my reasons for leaving Love Island and the struggles of day to day life living with Asperger’s syndrome,” he wrote. “Since leaving the villa life I have had to confront other mental health concerns including anxiety, which has left me unable to appear on live telvision and to see my fans.

He added: “I have been taking medication as a short term fix but I am taking less every week and I’m battling to restore my self to the confident lad I was. I would not have been able to come so far if it wasn’t for the love and support of the public your messages of support have been helping me through.”

What a lovely massage, right? We’re just glad to hear that Niall is getting to grips with his condition and that he is being so open about it. Well done, sir!