Love Island star Harley Judge shocks fans with bodybuilder transformation and details how his life ‘was a mess’ after show

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Harley has gone through a big change since his 2017 appearance on the show (Picture: ITV/Harley Judge/Instagram)

Love Island star Harley Judge looks a little different since he graced our screens on the programme six years ago.

The 28-year-old was the first islander to be voted off the 2017 series of the popular ITV show, after being rejected by Amber Gill – who has now found love with Jen Beattie – and Chloe Crowhurst.

Despite getting some attention from his six-day appearance on the show, Harley told his 134,000 followers in a new Instagram post that the reality TV lifestyle ‘wasn’t for me’ and led him to the ‘lowest point in my life’.

He has found solace through the gym and become a bodybuilder, regularly sharing snaps on Instagram of his new physique.

The former grounds worker recently flexed his huge arm and leg muscles after gaining 30kg of muscle.

In response to a post, one person commented: ‘Mate, you are unrecognisable,’ and complimented his transformation, while others simply wrote: ‘You look insane’ and ‘omg you are huge’.

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Harley has worked hard on his physique (Picture: Harley Judge/Instagram)

Quite the transformation when you consider that he described himself as a ‘Ken doll’ before entering the famous villa of love. 

‘This isn’t just a case of me wanting to “look good”, bodybuilding is my life,’ said Harley, who now enters bodybuilding competitions.

He continued: ‘I thrive off extremes. Pushing myself to my limits and I would much rather it be towards [something] that benefits my life rather than it being detrimental.’

Harley explained how it affects every moment of his day including his sleep, nutrition and training, but added that he is more than happy to ‘invest’ in this lifestyle. 

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Harley stepped out the spotlight after Love Island (Picture: Harley Judge/Instagram)
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Expanding further on his mental health post-Love Island Harley said: ‘I suffered with depression, I was drinking and partying multiple times a week and generally my life was a mess. I deleted all traces of me and that show so I could move on with my life.’

As well as changing his own aesthetic through the extreme lifestyle, Harley has also made it his mission to help others do the same, offering personal coaching sessions through his company Alpha Elite.

Harley Judge with girlfriend Lauren
Harley with girlfriend Lauren (Picture: Lauren Paige Brown/Instagram)

He told his followers ‘let’s get to work’. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

One person that does share his enthusiasm is long-term girlfriend Lauren Brown, who also works as an online coach under the brand name Alpha. 

The couple have been together for over three years and call themselves a ‘Covid relationship’.

Proving that love is possible outside of the villa Lauren has described Harley as her ‘bestie’ and a great ‘dog dad of two’.

All previous series of Love Island are available to watch on ITVX.

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