‘It was the worst I ever felt… I was always seeking perfection’: Former Love Island star Anton Danyluk reveals why he quit bodybuilding
Love Island star Anton Danyluk has revealed he quit bodybuilding after struggling with body image issues.
Anton, 28, starred on Love Island in 2019 and since leaving the villa has had a successful career as a fitness coach and gym owner.
He then started entering body building competitions but has now admitted the sport left him feeling ‘the worst I ever felt’ as he battled with his confidence.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday to speak about his upcoming BBC documentary Anton Danyluk on Body Shame, the reality star explained that he ‘was always seeking perfection.’
Turning over a new leaf: Love Island star Anton Danyluk has revealed he quit bodybuilding after struggling with body image issues
Fitness: Anton starred on Love Island in 2019 and since leaving the villa has had a successful career in fitness but has now admitted body building left him feeling ‘the worst I ever felt’
‘I still struggle with body image issues…it’s the pressures of being on social media and in the public eye,’ Anton, who boasts one million Instagram followers, said.
‘There is always a pressure to look a certain way.’ He explained that he is proud to have a platform to inspire others but in terms of his own fitness journey he has ‘pulled back in a lot of ways.’
‘I was into bodybuilding, and it was the worst I ever felt in terms of I was always seeking perfection.
‘You always want to be a little bit leaner, you always want to be a little bit fitter. I love my healthy lifestyle and I train and I eat well, but I now enjoy myself more.’
‘By doing this documentary what I started to realise was that by posting my photos [with his shirt off and in a gym] I could be making young boys feel insecure with their own body image because they feel like they should be looking that way,’ he said, adding that he is now a lot more conscious about what he posts on social media.
In an interview with MailOnline in December Anton confessed there are days where he ‘regrets’ applying for Love Island after being dogged by cosmetic surgery accusations by online trolls.
The Scottish gym owner whose fans claim he looks ‘barely recognisable’ admitted he tries to ignore negative comments but would be ‘lying’ if he said they didn’t affect him sometimes.
He admitted the extent of the trolling forced him to ask his girlfriend Dom Blonska, ‘What’s wrong with my face?’ who reassured that he only looks different since four years have passed since his time on the ITV2 reality show.
Determined to use his platform for good, the TV personality has now launched a free app to improve children’s mental health since he is so passionate about the subject.
Along with his mum Sherie-Ann, the pair are urging young people to think of the emotional implications of negative comments through The Can-Do Crew, which is available now.
Tough: Appearing on GMB on Thursday to speak about his upcoming BBC documentary Anton Danyluk on Body Shame, the reality star explained that he ‘was always seeking perfection’
In shape: He explained that he is proud to have a platform to inspire others but in terms of his own fitness journey he has ‘ pulled back in a lot of ways’
Trolls: In an interview with MailOnline Anton confessed there are days where he ‘regrets’ applying for Love Island after being dogged by cosmetic surgery accusations by online trolls
He said: ‘It’s something that we’ve been working on way before the Love Island days. Obviously, I was doing my own fitness business before I started working with kids around about 2013 time.
‘And then luckily enough, we got the massive platform of Love Island which allowed us to help thousands of kids, that was always my dream.’
Having been subjected to abuse by some Instagram users who claim he’s gone under the knife, which he denies, Anton hopes his new initiative will ‘teach kids from a young age how to be a better person’.
He said: ‘It’s funny because I was bullied when I was a kid for being overweight and that was the main reason that I physically got into living a healthier lifestyle.
‘Now, all these years later I’m getting bullied in a different form. I don’t think I would have been able to deal with it as well as I do now if I’d never gone through that when I was younger.