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Too Hot To Handle star Nicole O’Brien shot to fame on the hit Netflix show which had fans hooked in the summer of 2020.
The series saw singles from around the world try to find love in an exotic Mexican resort.
However, in order to win the $100,000 (£80,000) prize money, the contestants were banned from physical contact, meaning no sexual activity including kissing, heavy petting, self-gratification and of course sex.
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Since leaving the show, we’ve kept an eye on what the stars of the series have been up to, with Lydia Clyma talking to OK! Online about why she chose to donate her eggs, while Francesca Farago has found love with TOWIE star Demi Sims.
Irish beauty Nicole O’Brien, who recently opened up about her insecurities in an exclusive OK! chat, was another face to star on the show, and her social media presence and career has flourished as a result.
Nicole spoke to OK! Online about what she’s been up to since leaving Too Hot To Handle. Let’s take a look…
Where is Too Hot To Handle star Nicole O’Brien now?
Following the show, Nicole has embarked on a successful singing career and she’s just released her first single which has garnered a lot of positive attention.
The star has been working on her music for seven months now, and those working on her single have also aided the likes of Jessie J songs, JLS, West Life and David Guetta.
And her singing career is evidently going to plan, with her first single skyrocketing to number one in the iTunes charts in Ireland.
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Nicole goes by the name ‘Kole’ when it comes to singing, and she told us: “I have written music for years and years. It’s so funny because I have written down when I was about 16 or 17, in a diary back home I wrote down my 10-year plan, which was to do a show, get a platform and start releasing music.
“So, my mum sent me a photo of it the other day, saying how mad is this.”
The star admitted becoming famous after starring on the hit Netflix shot Too Hot To Handle was, in fact, “a lot to handle.”
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Nicole, who has a whopping 827,000 Instagram followers, explained: “I had major anxiety within the first few weeks, because I didn’t really know how to perceive myself on social media, there’s a lot of eyes on me, a lot of messages the whole time. I would stay in bed till about 2 o’clock in the day.
“Although I knew this is such an amazing thing that is happening to me, because it happened so fast, like within a week, it was a lot for me to deal with.
“I said to myself, just take a step back and be yourself online and if people don’t like it, they will unfollow you, so that's when I just started uploading whatever I wanted, acting the fool, singing away to different songs, I really didn’t care, and people loved it and saw I was just myself online.
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“This is also why we created Loved, the mental health plan, because I was getting so many messages, also from people suffering from anxiety, so we got the best physiologist and he came and helped us create it, it has helped me and so many others massively.”
The star formed close friendships with her co-stars on the show, and she’s even planning on moving in Chloe Veitch.
“Chloe and I are joined at the hip. We are moving in together soon, we don’t leave each other's sides, we are getting a flat together in the next few months. She has been living with me in lockdown, so we are gonna get a flat here in London together,” Nicole told us.
She added: “Since we finished filming, she has lived with me and we filmed two years ago now, so she has lived with me straight after filming as well. David is also a fantastic friend of mine; he has moved to Dubai but when he was in London, we would meet up all the time. I talk to Harry and Bryce; we are really good friends.”
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Nicole isn’t dating at the moment, and explained that she gets “so invested” in boys, so she’s decided to take some time to focus on herself instead.
“If prince charming comes along, I will take it, if Channing Tatum asked me out, I would be like, yeah Channing, you’ll do,” Nicole humorously added.
As for plans for 2021, the star is giving her music career her all, and told us to “watch this space for Kole.”
She added: “I will be featuring with some huge artists, some amazing summer bangers coming, then hopefully some sort of tour, and then more TV, but big things are coming, and I can’t wait to share it.”
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