Traitor winner Aaron Evans won positive messages from male viewers after speaking out about his ADHD and showing his emotional side on the show
Traitors star Aaron Evans was touched by the positive response he received from the show’s male viewers after showing his vulnerable side on TV.
BBC show contestant Aaron, 24 – who won the £101,050 prize with Meryl Williams and Hannah Beczkowski during Thursday’s episode – has revealed he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during his time on the series.
The real estate agent wasn’t afraid to share his feelings during the series’ heated roundtables, as his actions prompted viewers to send him warm messages of thanks on social media.
MOVED: The Traitors star Aaron Evans, 24, was overwhelmed by the positive reaction he received from the show’s male viewers after showing his vulnerable side on TV
When asked if fans contacted him after the show, he told MailOnline and other media on Friday: ‘Yes, mostly men.
“It feels so weird because looking back I was just trying to be myself and I would say I’m quite an emotional person and they text me and say, ‘This helped me so much’ and ‘Thank you so much for opening up on national television.'”
“At one point, I wish I wasn’t so emotional, but as soon as I got a message saying, ‘I’m so glad you did, it helped me so much,’ I was more than relieved.”
Role Model: The real estate agent wasn’t afraid to share his emotions throughout the series, as his actions prompted viewers to send him warm letters of thanks.
He didn’t intend to be a role model for viewers, Aaron insisted, adding that he didn’t set out to show his ADHD or raise awareness.
‘I’m not going to lie,’ he explained, ‘I went in there with a game plan and by day two it went out the window anyway.
“The only match I played was when I was doing challenges, I just wanted to smash the challenge every time.
“I guess I was just myself the whole way through.”
Traitors: The BBC’s Traitors show ended Thursday as Hannah Beczkowski, Aaron Evans and Meryl Williams each won a whopping £101,050 in prizes, split evenly between them.
Meanwhile, Aaron hopes to return to reality TV, admitting he’d be open to trying out whatever show came along.
However, he insists he will not be appearing in Love Island as he does not believe it was designed for the popular ITV2 series.
‘If anything comes up,’ he said, ‘I’d be more than happy, it’s a lot of fun so I’d definitely do something again, but I don’t know about Love Island.
“I don’t think I’m cut off from Love Island.” Any reality TV show I would be more than ready for.
The BBC’s The Traitors show ended on Thursday with Aaron, Hannah and Meryl winning huge prizes of £101,050, split evenly between them.
It was a close call for the three winners after being nearly caught by Wilfred Webster before being caught as he and fellow traitor Kieran Tompsett turned on each other.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition defined by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
It affects about five percent of children in the United States. About 3.6 percent of boys and 0.85 percent of girls in the UK suffer from it.
Symptoms usually appear at an early age and become more noticeable as the child grows. These can also include:
- Constant fidgeting
- Poor focus
- Excessive movement or talking
- act without thinking
- Little or no sense of danger
- Careless errors
- Difficulty organizing tasks
- Inability to listen or carry out instructions
Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of six and twelve. Adults can also suffer, but there is little research on this.
The exact cause of ADHD is not clear but it is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.
Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are at higher risk.
ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s, and epilepsy.
There is no cure.
A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make daily life easier.
Source: NHS Choices
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