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Sinéad Hegarty (photo) moved to the sunnier climate of Australia to find herself after her relationship was broken, but along the way she also found nearly 100,000 Instagram followers and her life's purpose: helping others
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Most reality TV stars fade into darkness before the show is even packed – but again, hopeful Sinéad Hegarty from Love Island is not the most people.

The blond bomb, 27, from Northern Ireland, moved to the sunnier areas of Australia to find herself after her relationship broke down, but along the way, she also found nearly 100,000 Instagram followers and her life's purpose: helping others.

In less than two years, candid beauty has secured a host of sponsorship deals with major clothing and fitness brands, launched its own spiritual retreat, and gathered a worldwide army of loyal fans from Strabane to Sydney.

In a conversation with FEMAIL, Sinéad recalled her incredible journey from Love Island to spiritual guru on social media – and she's just beginning.

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Sinéad Hegarty (photo) moved to the sunnier climate of Australia to find herself after her relationship was broken, but along the way she also found nearly 100,000 Instagram followers and her life's purpose: helping others

Sinéad Hegarty (photo) moved to the sunnier climate of Australia to find herself after her relationship was broken, but along the way she also found nearly 100,000 Instagram followers and her life's purpose: helping others

In less than two years, the straightforward beauty has created a whole series of sponsorship deals with major clothing and fitness brands, launched its own spiritual retreat, and gathered a worldwide army of loyal fans from Strabane to Sydney

In less than two years, the straightforward beauty has created a whole series of sponsorship deals with major clothing and fitness brands, launched its own spiritual retreat, and gathered a worldwide army of loyal fans from Strabane to Sydney

In less than two years, the straightforward beauty has created a whole series of sponsorship deals with major clothing and fitness brands, launched its own spiritual retreat, and gathered a worldwide army of loyal fans from Strabane to Sydney

Sinéad hosted a nightclub in the Spanish party resort Magaluf when she was approached in 2016 to appear on UK Love Island.

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& # 39; With Love Island I was very young – I said & # 39; yes & from pure ego, I didn't know who I was as a person. I felt it was a fast game with fast money, & she immediately admitted.

Her stint lasted only one episode, but a panic attack just before filming would cause her objections for years.

The short-term reality TV experience did little for Sinéad's confidence and even less for her personal profile.

& # 39; I have received zero followers from Love Island – nothing but judgment and humiliation, & # 39; she joked.

It was only when her relationship suddenly ended two years later that Sinéad began to get a grip on it, and heartbreak works in mysterious ways because that breakup marked the beginning of what is now an almost 100,000 strong Instagram fan base.

In April Sinéad organizes a fully feminine spiritual fitness retreat (included with pleasure) in Phuket, Thailand
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In April Sinéad organizes a fully feminine spiritual fitness retreat (included with pleasure) in Phuket, Thailand

In April Sinéad organizes a fully feminine spiritual fitness retreat (included with pleasure) in Phuket, Thailand

& # 39; My boyfriend and I planned to travel through Asia and beyond to Australia, but about a week before we were due to leave, we broke up & she said.

& # 39; It was frightening, but I made the decision to go alone and do it for myself. I was absolutely broken, but instead of hiding that part of my life, I started to share the bad things.

& # 39; I read many spiritual self-help books at the time to find out why I felt and how I could get over it.

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Toen Once I started saying guys, I'm down, I'm depressed and have no money – people started responding to me.

I was not afraid to say that I am absolutely broke – this is me, I work in a bar, this is my life.

& # 39; I think it also helped that I posted a lot about my breakup and hate men, & # 39; she laughed.

& # 39; Most of my followers are women I love, and it all comes from sharing my relationship issues. & # 39;

When she arrived in Sydney, Sinéad started working with a well-known hospitality chain and continued to share all aspects of her daily life online.

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& # 39; I was not afraid to say that I am absolutely broke – this is me, I work in a bar, this is my life. I was my true self, & she said.

After her relationship ended unexpectedly, Sinéad began building a following through her recognizable, & # 39; errors and all & # 39; posts on Instagram

After her relationship ended unexpectedly, Sinéad began building a following through her recognizable, & # 39; errors and all & # 39; posts on Instagram

After her relationship ended unexpectedly, Sinéad began building a following through her recognizable, & # 39; errors and all & # 39; posts on Instagram

Sinéad's candid approach to social media ensured that her brand agreements with Pretty Little Thing, My Protein and the global literary retailer The Book Depository were secured

Sinéad's candid approach to social media ensured that her brand agreements with Pretty Little Thing, My Protein and the global literary retailer The Book Depository were secured

Sinéad's candid approach to social media ensured that her brand agreements with Pretty Little Thing, My Protein and the global literary retailer The Book Depository were secured

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& # 39; But one day I realized that I didn't want to work for anyone anymore.

& # 39; I had a lot of creative energy and lots of ideas, but no time to channel it somewhere, because I was working every hour of the week. & # 39;

Inspired by her own struggle with Down Under, Sinéad used her savings to organize a singles boat party event in Sydney at the end of 2018, which turned out to be a hit and further boosted her profile.

Sinéad, who always looks to create content that is in line with her values, has started sharing what she has learned from her favorite psychology books, as well as short practice videos & fun moments with her friends.

& # 39; Once I realized that I had a voice and a platform to share it, I became addicted to self-help – or rather, helping others self-help & # 39 ;, she said.

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& # 39; There is really nothing better for me than the messages I get from people who say that I have changed their way of thinking and their outlook on life.

& # 39; My ultimate goal is to help others find their true purpose and their true selves, so I speak very motivatingly now – I literally call those events away.

In April Sinéad organizes a fully feminine spiritual fitness retreat (included with pleasure) in Phuket, Thailand

In April Sinéad organizes a fully feminine spiritual fitness retreat (included with pleasure) in Phuket, Thailand

In April Sinéad organizes a fully feminine spiritual fitness retreat (included with pleasure) in Phuket, Thailand

What followed was a series of sponsorship agreements with the British fitness brand My Protein, worldwide fast fashion giant Pretty Little Thing and online literary retailer the Book Depository.

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She recently launched a website of the same name, SineadHegarty.com, and is currently working with Irish baker Sharron McCarron to make low-calorie protein cheesecakes near her home in County Tyrone.

But the biggest business adventure on the horizon for this candid social media sensation is a spiritual fitness retreat in Phuket, Thailand, starting in April.

& # 39; My next big thing is Brave Retreats – it's about making girls brave enough to do whatever they want in life, & # 39; she said.

It is a beautiful way to live knowing that everything has a purpose.

& # 39; I have struggled with anxiety and depression in the past, and now that I am studying the human brain, I understand that it was because I lacked human connections.

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& # 39; We spend so much time on our phones that we miss what we really need for psychological stimulation, which is personal experience.

& # 39; I want my retreat to become a space where women can have these personal encounters and create deep human connections – with as much fitness and fun as self-evident! & # 39;

Sinéad recently collaborated with Irish baker and food columnist Sharron McCarron (right) to make low-calorie protein cheesecakes

Sinéad recently collaborated with Irish baker and food columnist Sharron McCarron (right) to make low-calorie protein cheesecakes

Sinéad recently collaborated with Irish baker and food columnist Sharron McCarron (right) to make low-calorie protein cheesecakes

Inspired by the difficulties she encountered during her first weeks in Australia to forge meaningful friendships, Sinéad also plans to & Brave Brunches & # 39; launch in Sydney to help women find new social groups after moving to Down Under.

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Reflecting on her way to the present, Sinéad said that her life journey now makes perfect sense.

& # 39; It's actually insane because all the time I read about human behavior and spirituality, I realized that everything has a purpose.

& # 39; My breakup brought me to Australia; being broke and feeling aimless brought me to the boat party event … It's a great way to live knowing that everything has a purpose. & # 39;

Asked about what she believes her secret to success has been in such a short time, Sinéad is sure it all comes down to hard work and authenticity.

& # 39; My secret is just my true self, defects and all, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; If you want the best the world has to offer, you offer the world your best. & # 39;

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