I hired a private detective to hunt down my troll and was shocked that it was my childhood friend, says Malin Andersson

PREGNANT Malin Andersson has opened up about the shock of discovering one of her worst social media trolls was a childhood friend she still spoke to.

The former Love Island star, who is currently expecting her second child – a baby girl – revealed the devastating news about her troll on the Made By Mamas podcast.

Malin, 28, who rose to fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2016, has been vocal about the vile trolling abuse she has faced since her reality TV stint.

The media personality opened up about how horrific messages told her to take out the vital life support tubes from her dying first daughter's mouth in 2020.

Malin's baby girl Consy – who was named after her late mother – tragically passed away shortly after her birth following four weeks in intensive care.

She exclusively told The Sun about the "vile abuse", where heartless messages were sent telling her to "unplug her tubes already" as she fought for her life.

Elsewhere, the star revealed she was forced to contact the police as another troll threatened to throw acid in her face, leaving her frightened to go home.

Now, Malin has revealed that she went "to the extent of hiring a private investigator" to find out who was behind the trolling.

The Love Island star told podcast hosts Zoe Hardman and Georgia Dayton that the digging led to a shock discovery that her friend was behind one account.

"I found out a few people that were trolling me," Malin explained. "One was actually like an old childhood friend that was really nice to me and still in my life.

"One was someone that lived down the road. A few from different points in my life, like years ago – but you know, I've never fallen out with anybody."

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Hitting back at the "bitter" trolls, she continued: "It's interesting to see, because I kind of laughed and thought, 'S***, you're still watching me?'"

Elsewhere, Malin discussed her fears ahead of the birth of her second child, a baby girl, just two years after her daughter Consy passed away.

She revealed how she felt "a lot of PTSD had come up" during her second pregnancy over things that "she hadn't really dealt with" after her tragic loss.

"When you're pregnant, you don't have the coping mechanisms you usually do – can't go out with friends, go and have a drink," Malin continued.

"I've managed to get through it, but I'm just kind of waiting for it to be over. I've suffered a lot with my mental health in this pregnancy."

The reality TV favourite admitted she was focusing on doing "a lot of healing" by looking into "unresolved trauma" before welcoming her daughter.

Malin announced she was expecting a baby girl back in August 2021, where she gathered with friends and family in Cambridgeshire for a glam gender reveal bash.

It came as she revealed that her second baby girl would be sharing "the same due date" as Consy, who was born premature at 33 weeks.

Malin discussed her second pregnancy on Instagram, sharing a nude photograph of herself in the bathtub as she celebrated her "loving and attentive" partner.

"My pregnancy so far has been stress free, calm and peaceful and a lot of that is down to me having a loving, stable relationship," she wrote.

"The transition my life has endured has been surreal – I never thought I would make it through. But I'm here. Thriving. I'm smiling. I've survived it."

'It just made sense she was a girl'

Speaking to OK!, Malin said of her pregnancy: "From the get-go I knew it was a girl, I had this gut feeling. So I was super happy. It just made sense to me.

"I don't know what it is but my family has a really strong feminine energy and I just thought I was having a girl. My new baby shares the same due date as my daughter Consy."

On the gender of her baby, she continued: "It is such a coincidence, but felt like a really nice sign, like it's meant to be.

"When the plane was circling around the sky, it took ages to show the coloured smoke. Even though I knew what the gender was, because I went to the scan myself, when I saw the smoke it brought up loads of emotions.

"It made me feel really emotional. It confirmed it was real, in a weird way. It was like a little miracle and a blessing."

The star opened up recently about her fears her unborn baby will die as she battled "unresolved feelings and pain".

Sharing a photo of herself cradling her baby bump in a one-piece, Malin penned: "It feels like I’ve been here with you before. I have. I’ll be honest, 3 years ago feels like a blur to me.. But feeling a new human growing inside me again feels so familiar. It scares me.

"When I realise what’s growing inside me, I get goosebumps, I have to have a double take.

"Isn’t it sad that sometimes things seem too good to be true? Well maybe, just maybe they aren’t. I keep telling myself that this is my time."

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