Olivia Attwood discusses her dream wedding next year after suffering cancer scare
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Former Love Island star Olivia Attwood is buzzing with wedding excitement when new magazine call her for a catch-up.
“We’re ready to get married,” she tells new. “If a big wedding can’t go ahead next year, we will have a small ceremony with our closest friends and family.”
Olivia, 26, got engaged to Blackburn Rovers footballer Bradley Dack, also 26, on holiday in Dubai last year. And we’ve had a front row ticket to every step of their wedding plans ever since, thanks to Liv’s hit ITVBe show, Olivia Meets Her Match.
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But aside from filming the run-up to their big day, including booking Olivia’s dream venue for March next year, Liv took viewers on the journey of her recent health scare.
Liv had a lump on her breast removed after she worried that it could have turned cancerous and says now it’s out she feels a “sense of relief”.
“My advice to anyone would be to see your GP – don’t put it off,” she adds.
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Here, Olivia opens up on wedding worries, being accepted by Brad’s family and whether she’ll let the cameras in on her nuptials…
Hey Liv! How's the wedding planning going?
The most stressful thing in my life right now is deciding whether I have bridesmaids! I have a lot of close friends who aren’t in the same friendship circle, but would expect to be in the bridal party.
It becomes messy. Organising girls in general is stressful. I keep going back and forth thinking, “Do I just have none so there are no arguments?” It’s very up in the air.
Would you consider having anyone from Love Island in your bridal party?
It would be Amber [Davies] and Georgia [Harrison]. They’re my best friends. I just need to make a decision! It’s tough because I don’t want to upset anyone.
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What are you most nervous about for your big day?
The idea of saying vows fills me and Brad with dread. I get cringed out with romantic stuff. Brad’s the same because he hates speaking in front of loads of people. I also want to make sure that I’m spending time with loads of people on the day.
That’s quite tough. But I also hope Brad and I aren’t so busy speaking to other people that we can’t spend time together on our wedding day.
You’ve booked Grantley Hall in Yorkshire for your wedding next year. What was it about the venue that made you fall in love with it?
It’s just got such a wow factor. I’m really fussy and the smallest things can turn me off a place. It ticks all our boxes. It’s elegant and beautiful, but still really modern. We love it.
If you can’t get married in March, what will you do?
We haven’t made a black-and- white decision yet. We just think if we can’t do it, we will get married with just a few family members. Then the next year we’d have a vow renewal and a party. We’re both on the same page. We’re ready to get married.
Is the plan for the wedding to be filmed in a second series of Olivia Meets Her Match ?
Definitely, and I know Brad’s up for it. This whole first series has been building up to the wedding. If we don’t give it to our audience, I’m worried they’ll be disappointed.
You also had a lump on your breast removed in this series. What was that experience like?
I had that lump for three years and my surgeon was happy that it wasn’t cancerous, but then it started to grow and change.
Other things can lurk inside the bump and you never know until you biopsy it. I’d been putting it off for ages and it was causing me pain.
Now it’s out and I know what it is, I’m like, “Why didn’t I do that earlier?” It’s just a sense of relief that I could have had before. You put these things off, but it wasn’t a big deal.
What’s your advice to others who are in the same situation?
If you have a lump, go and see your GP. Don’t put it off. That could be the difference between something being nothing and something being something.
Do you ever get a negative reaction from the show?
I feel like I’ve always been a Marmite person. I’m always the topic of conversation, but sometimes that can be negative and sometimes it’s positive. I really would have to hunt for negative comments. There aren’t very many.
That’s good! We saw you get upset when talking about being accepted into Brad’s family. What does that mean to you?
I’m not saying I wasn’t upset, because I was, but I’d drunk a bottle of wine. I was drunk and being overly emotional. For years I’ve struggled with accepting myself. I’ve subjected myself to accepting a lot of boyfriends and friends who didn’t actually like me.
Even though they loved me so much, they made their feelings known constantly about how I wasn’t right for them.
I’ve never given in and always been myself, but deep down it was really hard. The mother of one of my exes made her feelings about me very clear.
Just the fact that Brad’s mum genuinely loves me and accepts me for her son – without me having to pretend to be someone else – is really special. I don’t take that for granted. It’s really rare.
Are you a good daughter-in-law?
Yeah. The only thing they complain about is that we couldn’t see them this year, but it’s the same for the whole country.
It’s a shame but everyone’s in the same boat. I can’t wait to spend more time with her next year.
Olivia Meets Her Match, Sundays at 10pm on ITVBe
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