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Love Island’s Priya Gopaldas reveals chronic lung condition makes dating ‘complicated’

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Love Island's Priya Gopaldas reveals chronic lung condition makes dating 'complicated'

Love Island star Priya Gopaldas has spoken candidly about her chronic lung condition and how it affects her romantic life.

Trainee doctor Priya, 23, was diagnosed with non-CF bronchiectasis at the age of 15 after being hospitalised with pneumonia a year earlier and the diagnosis inspired her to become a medical practitioner.

However, in a new interview, the media personality admitted her condition makes romantic relationships ‘complicated’ and explained: ‘I have to explain the cough which is constant and pretty ­uncontrollable. Then there’s the fact I have to rush off and expel the gunk I’m coughing up which isn’t great in a romantic scenario.’

Candid: Love Island star Priya Gopaldas, 23, has spoken candidly about her chronic lung condition and how it affects her romantic life (pictured on Instagram in December)

Candid: Love Island star Priya Gopaldas, 23, has spoken candidly about her chronic lung condition and how it affects her romantic life (pictured on Instagram in December)

Candid: Love Island star Priya Gopaldas, 23, has spoken candidly about her chronic lung condition and how it affects her romantic life (pictured on Instagram in December)

Speaking to The Mirror about her illness, Priya opened up about her diagnosis as a teenager and explained that after having a ‘dreadful cough’ for 18 months her father pushed for further testing and it was then that she received a diagnosis of non-CF bronchiectasis, which – as per the The British Lung Foundation – affects 200,000 people in the UK.

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Priya now manages her condition through diet and exercise, telling the paper that she runs between ’10 and 20k five times a week’. 

Of her newfound fame, Priya – who appeared on last summer’s Love Island – added: ‘Being on Love Island has given me a platform and I want to use that constructively. I am very proactive about my illness and manage it really well, so it felt like my duty to help other people who were struggling with their breathing.’

Elsewhere in her interview, Priya noted that the pandemic has pushed respiratory health to the forefront of the public’s mind. The raven-haired beauty also revealed that she makes sure to explain why she is constantly coughing to anxious patients who may think she has coronavirus and proudly gushed that it’s ‘her duty’ to help others with breathing problems.

Priya was only in the villa for a week before being sent packing in August but the dedicated doctor donated her salary, which came to £750, from her week-long stint on the ITV2 show to NHS charities.

The medical student stated at the time: ‘Love Island pay cheque put to use,’ as she revealed to her Instagram followers what she’d done with the money.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, Priya posted a screenshot of a bank statement showing the £750 entering her account in a payment from ITV. 

She shared another showing how she’d donated the same amount to NHS Charities Together through Virgin Money Giving.

Priya, who is a budding orthopaedic surgeon, often shares inspiring photos of herself dressed head-to-toe in scrubs as she works long shifts at UCL hospital.

Sharing the news: Taking to her Instagram, Priya posted a screenshot of a bank statement showing the £750 payment from ITV going to NHS Charities Together via Virgin Money Giving

Sharing the news: Taking to her Instagram, Priya posted a screenshot of a bank statement showing the £750 payment from ITV going to NHS Charities Together via Virgin Money Giving

Sharing the news: Taking to her Instagram, Priya posted a screenshot of a bank statement showing the £750 payment from ITV going to NHS Charities Together via Virgin Money Giving

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