Love Island Jack Fowler speaks out about his allergy
Firstly, I wanted to apologise for not posting over the past few months. However, I’ve been working on some exciting projects ahead of next year, and I can’t wait to share them with you soon. Even when I’m not working on ideas for this blog, I’m searching online, and reading about allergies in the news. It was only a few weeks back that I was scouring Instagram to find out which celebrities had severe nut allergies, and came across Montana Brown and Jack Fowler, who both featured in the last season of Love Island. They both have severe nut allergies.
When I came across Jack Fowler’s Instagram post last week, it was amazing to see a celebrity with a massive online following of over 1.2 million people talking about his severe allergy, and raising awareness amongst his followers. In general, I find that there’s very few celebrities who speak about their allergies, so it was fantastic to see Jack talking to Sky News and telling people of the struggles he has faced living with a severe allergy.
I can really relate to what he said, as many young people like myself growing up with allergy can often feel embarrassed to talk about it, especially when you start going out for meals with friends, or going on nights out and having to ask a girl whether she has eaten nuts…I have really good friends around me that really understand my allergy, make me feel really comfortable talking about my allergy, never really felt that embarrassed talking about it if someone asked, if anything I find that people take interest and want to know more about it when I told them about my allergy.
In general, I really appreciate Jack speaking up about his nut allergy and breaking down the stigma, making more people feel confident to speak out about their allergy. I feel that the younger audience are most at risk, and don’t always have the confidence to speak about their allergy. I was shocked to discover that over half of young people didn't carry their Epipen with them; hopefully by more celebrities speaking about their allergy more young people will feel less embarrassed to talk about it and carry their Epipen. With Jack sharing his personal Instagram post about his allergy, the younger audience will look up to people like Jack and think ‘if he is talking about why shouldn't I be’ - hopefully breaking down the stigma and embarrassment attached to having an allergy.