Love Island’s Gabby Allen Opens Up About The Scar On Her Back

The 25-year-old underwent major surgery as a youngster

We all know Love Island‘s Gabby Allen is a super-fit personal trainer.

But the 25-year-old hasn’t always had it easy when it comes to her health, as a quick scroll through her Instagram profile will reveal.

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I don't ever get back problems and this recent injury, I believe would've happened even without my back situation but after having to cancel/cover a whole weekend of work due to a back injury I thought I'd show ya my scar. (18 inches down back and left side) When I was 12, I had major surgery to correct the ever growing scoliosis going on with my spine. The top of my spine was curving so much it had caused the bottom to do so too, resulting in a big 'S' shape. Therefore, my shoulders, hips and ribs were all being pushed out of line.. I would've ended up like Quasimodo! 🙄 They had to take out my ribs, deflate my lungs, insert two long stainless steel rods either side of my vertebrae and various nuts and bolts to keep them in place. I'm basically a robot! 🤖 You have 5 vertebrae at the bottom of your spine and my surgeon decided to leave me with two unfused so I still had some range of flexibility to dance. I remember the first time they sat me up in bed. I felt like a plank of wood; like I was about to snap in half. They made me sit up and eat my dinner which was smily faces 😋 but all I remember was crying and dying to get back horizontally in the bed. I had to learn how to walk. But being a dancer, I was determined. I went back to dancing within 6 weeks. And I won a ballet championship 6 months after! I grew up being embarrassed of it. I'd walk side ways on down the beach 🦀 so people wouldn't see, I'd wear clothes or my hair down my back to cover it. I'd tell people I was bit by a shark and it was cosmetic surgery 🤣 But now!!! I have no shame! People are intrigued and find it fascinating that I do what I do with such an impairment. And I'm proud of myself that I've managed to come so far and do so much. I never let this get the better of me! I've been bored out my mind the last few days, not working but also not being able to do anything, hence probs why I posted this! Too much time on my hands! 😜 So! Moral! Be proud of your bodies. Accept them for what they are. Forgive them for what they're not. Understand them when they need a rest. Support them. Believe in them! Love them!! ❤️

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Back in May, she posted a photo of an 18-inch scar on her back, which she received after undergoing a serious operation as a child.

Alongside the image, Gabby wrote: ‘When I was 12, I had major surgery to correct the ever growing scoliosis going on with my spine. The top of my spine was curving so much it had caused the bottom to do so too, resulting in a big ‘S’ shape. Therefore, my shoulders, hips and ribs were all being pushed out of line.. I would’ve ended up like Quasimodo! 🙄 [sic].

‘They had to take out my ribs, deflate my lungs, insert two long stainless steel rods either side of my vertebrae and various nuts and bolts to keep them in place. I’m basically a robot! 🤖.

It's great working your outer unit, having a six pack and all that jazz but what about your insides!!!! You want to be STRONG as well as sexy 😏.. ✨✨✨ Try it at home.. 1.Plant one foot against the wall, heel in line with your shoulders and elbows under shoulders. 2. Draw your abdominals to your spine as you lift up onto your arms and when you feel secure, extend your other foot back to join the other on the wall. 3. Lengthen through your tailbone so your glutes engage and so your hips are in line with your shoulders. 4. Hold for 15 secs, rest 15 secs. (Optional) 5. Rise up onto your high stiletto (demi pointe), shifting your weight forwards, working more into the shoulders and biceps. ✨✨✨ #wallcall #yoga #dolphin #pilates #barre #strength #core #wellness #health #strongnotskinny #fitspo #fitness #motivation #inspiration #success #moveyourframe #instamood #instagood

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‘You have 5 vertebrae at the bottom of your spine and my surgeon decided to leave me with two unfused so I still had some range of flexibility to dance. I remember the first time they sat me up in bed. I felt like a plank of wood; like I was about to snap in half.

‘They made me sit up and eat my dinner which was smily faces 😋 but all I remember was crying and dying to get back horizontally in the bed. I had to learn how to walk. But being a dancer, I was determined. I went back to dancing within 6 weeks. And I won a ballet championship 6 months after!

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Gabby is partnered with Marcel in the villa

‘I grew up being embarrassed of it. I’d walk side ways on down the beach 🦀 so people wouldn’t see, I’d wear clothes or my hair down my back to cover it. I’d tell people I was bit by a shark and it was cosmetic surgery 🤣 But now!!! I have no shame!

‘People are intrigued and find it fascinating that I do what I do with such an impairment. And I’m proud of myself that I’ve managed to come so far and do so much. I never let this get the better of me!

‘So! Moral! Be proud of your bodies. Accept them for what they are. Forgive them for what they’re not. Understand them when they need a rest. Support them. Believe in them! Love them!! ❤️.’

What a great message to pass on.