Olivia Attwood admits she’s 50/50 on whether she and Bradley Dack will get married this year

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In the four years since she found fame on Love Island, Olivia Attwood‘s life has transformed before our eyes.

After leaving the villa in 2017, Olivia ended her relationship with Chris Hughes and got back together with her footballer ex, Bradley Dack.

They got engaged in 2019 and we’ve watched the couple go from strength to strength on their reality show, Olivia Meets Her Match .

When we chat to the 30-year-old glamour model turned reality queen, she’s busy renovating her Manchester home and looking after her cute new puppy, Lola.

“Since we got Lola I feel like a single mum,” she laughs, telling us that Brad hasn’t been able to help with puppy duty after having surgery on his knee for the second time in his sporting career.

Currently, Liv’s in two minds about whether to change the date of her June wedding due to the coronavirus restrictions. “We’re 50/50 about postponing,” Liv sighs. “It’s been a lot more stressful than I ever expected.”

Here, Olivia – who has also appeared on TOWIE – opens up on her milestone birthday, cosmetic surgery and her future plans to start a family…

Hey, Liv! How’s the wedding planning coming along?

[Sighs] We are still holding out, but we need to make a decision in the next couple of weeks because it’s not fair on everyone. We just need to tell everyone what we’re doing. I think we need to wait and see if these restrictions are going to lift on the dates that have been said. We’re going to have to make a call on it really, really soon.

It’s all booked in June, isn’t it?

Yeah, it’s all booked! We’ve planned for a second option of how it would go ahead with less people. But it’s just finding what we do with it.

Do you feel like you’re leaning more towards postponing or going ahead with the June date?

We’re completely 50/50 right now.

We bet this isn’t how you were expecting to be planning your big day…

Not so far, no. I’ve been planning a lot of the wedding during lockdown. It’s strange and a lot more stressful than I thought. I thought I’d find it a lot more fun than I have. It’s been a big weight on our shoulders. But I want to enjoy the day and for it to all be worth it.

If you do postpone, will it next year instead?

Not necessarily. We do want to get married this summer, it’s just about making that call. In our minds we’re hoping for it to go ahead, but we will wait and see if anything changes.

Have you picked your dress?

Yeah, my dress has been picked! Everything is done because I got a wedding planner and she’s been amazing. We’re good to go.

Hopefully it will go ahead! How’s Brad feeling about it all?

He’s really excited to get married, which is sweet. He’s definitely keen to get it done this summer. He’s quite old-fashioned and I think he’d like to be married.

How are you both?

We’re really good actually! Obviously he’s been injured so that dynamic has shifted again now. Some days I’m so exhausted between sorting the house, looking after him and the dog. It’s hard to get that quality time – I’m getting pulled in 1,000 different directions. We went out to eat for the first time since restrictions lifted recently – it was so nice.

Are you looking forward to having more dates together?

Yeah, we can’t wait!

You recently got a new puppy. How is she doing?

She’s just a dream. It’s a slow process getting her settled but I’m really committed to her. It’s easily paying off. She’s just growing in confidence every day. It’s amazing to see.

Is she really spoilt?

I mean, yes! But I’m trying not to. There’s nothing worse than spoilt dogs or children. I want a well-mannered dog. I’ve got a really good dog trainer. But obviously she’s spoilt to death with affection.

Has it given you and Bradley a taste for parenthood?

Obviously there’s a difference between a dog and a human, but puppies are full on! For the first week I didn’t have a full night’s sleep being downstairs with her. They get into everything and they get tired. It was meant to be a teamwork situation, we were going to tag team it and it was going to be our first experience of what it would be like to be parents together, but then Brad got injured. So I’ve been doing it all on my own! Single parent vibes [laughs].

Do you talk about having a family a lot?

I wouldn’t say a lot, but it’s an unsaid thing. We know that we will at some point but we don’t have a time frame on it right now. I know neither of us are there right now.

Do you picture yourself having a big family with the dog?

Yeah, I think so. I don’t want a huge family – two children and a bunch of dogs would be the dream.

How was your 30th?

I was so excited for it. I’m just going to fully embrace my thirties. I wanted a big party, but I celebrated with Brad. But I’ll be having a big party at the end of summer.

Are you still in touch with many of the Love Island stars?

I talk to Amber every day, she’s like my little sister.

How has she been since her split with Nick [Kyriacou]?

She seems in a really good place. She’s acting which is what she loves to do. It’s sad that they have parted ways but it sounds like it was for the best.

Have you kept in touch with the TOWIE cast since you left?

Not so much! Clelia [Theodorou] and Nicole [Bass] are two of my best friends so I speak to them all the time. Chloe Sims is a good friend and I speak to Pete [Wicks]. Bobby [Norris] and Saffron [Lempriere] also.

Bobby has spoken about how he feels trolling has become worse in lockdown. Do you agree?

Yeah. I write back to the trolls or I share their messages. I don’t take their s**t. But on the whole, the TOWIE viewers are just [sighs]… it’s like nothing you’ve ever imagined. When I was on the show, I couldn’t believe the way the viewers interacted with the cast. I think it’s got worse in lockdown because people have more time on their hands. It’s awful some of the things they say to the girls. Even the ones I don’t like, I feel sorry for them! Because you’re just doing your job, but the viewers get so deep into it.

What do they say?

Everything! When I was on it they said things about my appearance. They get super personal. Bobby has had a terrible time with homophobic people online.

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You’re really open about your mental health. How have you been recently?

My friends and family keep checking in because my plate has been so full with everything. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been stressed and stretched to death some days with everything. But considering that, I think I’m in one of the strongest mental places I’ve been in the whole of my adult life. I feel really good. Having an anxiety disorder, it’s always whispering in the background but there’s not been a situation where it’s taking over my day-to-day life for a long time. Which is the best feeling. I’m in a much better place mentally when my day is busy. I’m not very good at sitting down and switching off.

Do you feel a responsibility to be open about your mental health having young girls as fans?

Yeah! I always get really paranoid about Instagram because I hate to look super indulgent, but I like to share when I’ve had a panic attack or I have anxiety. Because I get messages from young girls that think I’m so strong. I want them to know I may seem sassy and fierce, but I have my days where I battle with anxiety. Some days I don’t want to do things like get on the train to London.

Have you been filming a lot for Olivia Meets Her Match?

Yeah, we’re filming a lot this series. I work with them five or six days a week!

You said on your Instagram stories that we will be seeing a few cosmetic tweaks you’ve had, do you like being honest about what you have done?

Yeah! I went for some little top ups the other day which we filmed. In the last series, we took the cameras along to one of my appointments and I had a really good reaction from it. I’m 30, so I can do what I want. Some people say I’m encouraging it, but from my side, I feel like honesty is really refreshing at the moment. So many people in this industry lie. I know people who’ve had things done and I see them in waiting rooms and then you see them on their Instagram saying they’d never have any work done. I would rather a young girl know that people aren’t necessarily born looking a certain way, rather than lie to young girls and confuse them. I don’t want to encourage girls to mess with themselves, because if you can be happy with yourself then that’s the best way.

Do you feel like there’s a lot of pressure on celebrities to look a certain way?

It’s not just celebs, it’s all women. I could get papped frowning when the Botox has worn off post-lockdown and I’ll get bombarded with comments telling me I look so old. Then when you go and have a few tweakments, people then say I’ve got a plastic face. You cannot win. You just have to find what makes you happy and not worry about anyone else. It’s really hard, especially as a woman, trying to decipher what you want to look like. I got confused at one point – with my first boob job, I got these massive ones because it was the fashion. But I’d had them for a couple of years and they looked awful. It’s like the bum implants now – that will go out of fashion.

Would you want anything else done yourself?

For now, my boobs are fine. I won’t do anything else to my body. I just do my little tweaks on my face every six months. Then in the future, never say never. The thing is with having fake boobs, when I have kids I might have to get them done again. That’s what young girls don’t realise – once you’ve had something done you have to sign up for life. It’s a financial obligation.

Does it impact you financially?

No, I’ve luckily been earning enough money. But when I got my last boob job, it was corrective because the first one was such a mess and it was so expensive. I was begrudging having to fork out that much money. But it was because I went for the cheap route the first time around.

Do you think you’d like to go on any other reality shows?

My dream is I’m A Celebrity. I’d love to see what I could do. I think I’d be quite the contender in there. Strictly is amazing but I’m like a baby giraffe!

Congrats on your new collection with I Saw It First…

Thank you! I’m so excited, it’s something I haven’t done for a while and I’ve been waiting for a brand that’s the right fit. I feel like I Saw It First is that right fit for me.

What’s your favourite piece?

It sounds so boring but it’s the tracksuits. I love the pastel ones. Also the tennis skirts are so nice. It’s a good wardrobe staple and it goes with everything.

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