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Katie Salmon reveals her battle with post-natal depression and says daughter Thaiga has a tumour


Love Island’s Katie Salmon has revealed her battle with post-natal depression. 

In a new interview, the reality star, 26, said she’s been struggling in recent months after the birth of daughter Thaiga, six months. 

She also shared her heartache, saying Thaiga was recently diagnosed with a hemangioma tumour.

'I have been dealing with severe baby blues': Love Island's Katie Salmon revealed her battle with post-natal depression this week and said daughter Thaiga was diagnosed with a tumour

‘I have been dealing with severe baby blues’: Love Island’s Katie Salmon revealed her battle with post-natal depression this week and said daughter Thaiga was diagnosed with a tumour

Katie told The Sun on Friday: ‘The truth is I have been dealing with the severe baby blues and I can only say that being a mother has been one of the hardest challenges I have ever had to face in my life.’ 

Katie said her mental health has suffered so bad in recent months she has ‘anxiety’ leaving the house. 

Speaking about her daughter’s tumour, Katie said it has grown to the size of a ‘fist,’ but she’s receiving medical treatment and it will most likely be gone by her first birthday. 

‘It grew exceptionally large from the time she was three weeks old to the size of a fist on the side of her face. It was affecting her eyesight because she couldn’t really see out of one eye,’ Katie said. 

'Baby blues': Katie revealed her heartache, saying their daughter Thaiga, six months, was recently diagnosed with a hemangioma tumour

‘Baby blues’: Katie revealed her heartache, saying their daughter Thaiga, six months, was recently diagnosed with a hemangioma tumour

She also revealed that she and Harry are still together, but taking a little break to focus on their mental health. 

‘Our relationship isn’t perfect but please just be gentle because we have been going through a lot,’ Katie added. 

She then went on to praise her fiancé and said that as a family they will ‘make it through,’ with the pair determined to put their daughter first.

'We've been going through a lot': She also revealed that she and Harry are still together, but taking a little break to focus on their mental health

‘We’ve been going through a lot’: She also revealed that she and Harry are still together, but taking a little break to focus on their mental health

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Katie had split from her fiancé Harry just six months after the birth of their first child. 

The Love Island star – who shot to fame during the second season of the show in 2016 and made history as one half of the show’s first same sex couple with the late Sophie Gradon – shocked her Instagram followers by deleting all pictures of Harry.

The new mum then took to her social media to declare she had been ‘settling for way less’ than she deserved.

Katie, who got engaged to Harry last December, deleted snaps of the couple’s gender reveal party before the birth of their daughter Thaiga, as well as a gushing tribute to her former boyfriend on his birthday. 

Rumours: Reports surfaced earlier this week that Katie had split from her fiancé Harry just six months after the birth of their first child

Rumours: Reports surfaced earlier this week that Katie had split from her fiancé Harry just six months after the birth of their first child

What is a hemangioma tumour?

– A bright red birthmark that shows up on the skin for some newborns

-The tumour in most cases is non-cancerous 

-A doctor can help treat the tumour for cosmetic or medical reasons 

Taking to her Instagram Stories she cryptically wrote: ‘Everything has changed for me since having my little girl. It’s been one of the hardest most beautiful journeys’. 

‘I didn’t know I had it in me to go through everything I have this year. Women are super heroes idgaf [I don’t give a f***] The reward is her precious smile and health’.

She continued in the lengthy post: ‘I’ve settled for way less than I deserve from so many people because I never really respected who I was or what my worth is.

‘My loyalty, love and energy is unmatched. The change has been intense yet so eye opening. I’ve had to mourn someone who once was and allow for the new me to come in’. 

‘If you can’t respect my growth, then you don’t deserve to be at our table. Changes coming for me is exciting so if your struggling know that as painful as it is, it really is here to help you evolve’ [sic].

She later posted: ‘I love seeing people recover from messed up situations to end up getting the success, love and bliss they deserve.’ 

Social media silence: The Love Island star shocked her Instagram followers by deleting all pictures of Harry

Social media silence: The Love Island star shocked her Instagram followers by deleting all pictures of Harry

TV fame: Katie shot to fame during the second season of the show in 2016 and made history as one half of the show's first same sex couple with the late Sophie Gradon (Katie pictured on the show)

TV fame: Katie shot to fame during the second season of the show in 2016 and made history as one half of the show’s first same sex couple with the late Sophie Gradon (Katie pictured on the show)

Katie previously shared a slew of snaps on Instagram to announce the birth of her daughter, including one of her little girl and photos from the birth, where she sported tiger striped nails as a tribute to her newborns unique name. 

Captioning the poignant pictures, she wrote that she had been caught up in her baby bubble but had decided to announce the news on Mother’s Day.

Katie penned: ‘Am officially a Mummy!!!! Had some time off in my baby bubble but figured today would be the best day to let you all know. 

‘We welcomed our beautiful baby girl into this magical world. Thaiga Dean ( pronounced Tiger ).

‘I never thought I could feel this way, am completely in love and thought I had everything in life until she came. My life is complete.’

She also thanked the NHS staff for their help, Harry for being her ‘rock’ and friends and family for their support along the way. 

Cryptic: The new mum then took to her social media to declare she had been 'settling for way less' than she deserved

Cryptic: The new mum then took to her social media to declare she had been ‘settling for way less’ than she deserved

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