Ex On The Beach star Declan Doyle showed off his dramatic transformation on Monday as he celebrated three years sober.

The reality star, 32, looked unrecognisable in a throwback snap which was taken at the height of his drug and alcohol addiction when he was 25-years-old.

Declan is now covered in tattoos and has grown his hair out, while also looking after himself by regularly working out.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Declan explained: ‘Being three years sober feels like I have my life back and an even better one than I could’ve even imaged. 

‘Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself, I never thought I could love myself again after the dark place I was in. I just wish I could hug the old me and tell myself it will get better. I think all I ever needed to do was to love myself. 

Incredible: Ex On The Beach star Declan Doyle showed off his dramatic transformation on Monday as he celebrated three years sober

Incredible: Ex On The Beach star Declan Doyle showed off his dramatic transformation on Monday as he celebrated three years sober

EXCLUSIVE: Declan pictured in 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Declan pictured in 2017

Incredible: Ex On The Beach star Declan Doyle showed off his dramatic transformation on Monday as he celebrated three years sober

‘I couldn’t escape the addiction and felt helpless but when I hit rock bottom the only way was up and everyday I’m so grateful for my sobriety and helping others overcome addictions is just a beautiful thing.’

Declan now wants to help others on their journey to sobriety and shares regular updates with his social media followers.

During an Instagram Q&A, Declan was asked if he had a drinking problem or if he just decided to be sober. 

He responded: ‘My addiction started when I smoked cannabis everyday when I was a teenager, I stopped smoking and replaced that with alcohol and was heavily drinking. Then party drugs came into play and that’s when I decided to get sober.’

Declan is a reality TV star and influencer, with 54.8k Instagram followers, who most recently appeared on Celebrity Ex On the Beach.

Declan, who is from Essex, also works as a barber and model and has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

It comes after last July, Declan, who is the ex-boyfriend of Geordie Shore star Nathan Henry, confirmed he was dating Rylan Clark at the time after the two were seen kissing.

Throwback: The reality star, 32, looked unrecognisable in a throwback snap which was taken at the height of his alcohol and drug addiction when he was 25-years-old

Throwback: The reality star, 32, looked unrecognisable in a throwback snap which was taken at the height of his alcohol and drug addiction when he was 25-years-old

Throwback: The reality star, 32, looked unrecognisable in a throwback snap which was taken at the height of his alcohol and drug addiction when he was 25-years-old

New look: Declan is now covered in tattoos and has grown his hair out, while also looking after himself by regularly working out

New look: Declan is now covered in tattoos and has grown his hair out, while also looking after himself by regularly working out

New look: Declan is now covered in tattoos and has grown his hair out, while also looking after himself by regularly working out

Speaking to GB News, the hunk told presenter Mark Dolan: ‘We’re just dating, it’s been a few dates – we really get on.’

He claimed the pair met ‘at an event a while ago,’ before joking he was the more famous one out of the two.

Declan added: ‘It’s just weird having to talk about it, it’s just been a few dates, it’s really early on, we are enjoying each other’s company, but it is going well.’

Mark explained he met Rylan at the TRIC Awards and thought he had ‘never looked happier’, prompting Declan to smile and say they were both ‘very happy’.

Rylan’s representatives were contacted for comment by MailOnline at the time.

The relationship was said to have begun in April after the pair were spotted dining at Roka in Canary Wharf.

Career: Declan is a reality TV star and influencer, with 54.8k Instagram followers, who most recently appeared on Celebrity Ex On the Beach (pictured on EOTB)

Career: Declan is a reality TV star and influencer, with 54.8k Instagram followers, who most recently appeared on Celebrity Ex On the Beach (pictured on EOTB)

Career: Declan is a reality TV star and influencer, with 54.8k Instagram followers, who most recently appeared on Celebrity Ex On the Beach (pictured on EOTB) 

Over: Declan previously dated Geordie Shore star Nathan, with the couple splitting in April 2022 after realising 'they were no longer compatible' (pictured together)

Over: Declan previously dated Geordie Shore star Nathan, with the couple splitting in April 2022 after realising 'they were no longer compatible' (pictured together)

Over: Declan previously dated Geordie Shore star Nathan, with the couple splitting in April 2022 after realising ‘they were no longer compatible’ (pictured together)

They were later seen flirting outside a restaurant in Marylebone with Rylan holding a glass of red wine during a cigarette break.

Declan previously dated Geordie Shore star Nathan, with the couple splitting in April 2022 after realising ‘they were no longer compatible’.

It came after Rylan split from his husband, Dan Neal, of six years in June 2021.

Rylan and Declan are no longer dating.

If you’re battling addiction, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. 

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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