A LOVE Island star has melted hearts with a childhood throwback snap before finding fame on reality TV.

The ITV dating show star delighted her followers with the photo on Instagram, with many recognising something else in her cute snap.

A Love Island star holds her teddy in a childhood throwback snap

instagramMolly-Mae Hague found fame on Love Island '/caption '

Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae with her Ellie Belly on Love Island

The sweet picture is of Molly-Mae when she was around five years old, holding her Ellie Belly teddy.

The elephant toy is almost as famous as its 22-year-old owner after Molly took it into the Love Island villa with her.

The nostalgic star shared the sweet pic to her Instagram Story and wrote over the top of her photo: ...Old finds....

Molly-Mae and boyfriend Tommy Fury recently suffered the ...worst thing... that has ever happened to them.

In a video posted on YouTube, the former Love Island contestant said their flat in Manchester had been ...ransacked... and ...emptied... by thieves a couple of weeks ago.

Hague said her and professional boxer Fury have since moved out of the flat.

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She said: ...It was without a doubt the worst thing that's ever happened to me, to us, I'd probably say....

Molly added: ...It was just awful, horrendous, terrible. So we have been dealing with a lot.

...Our apartment was robbed, ransacked, emptied. You name it....

The pair were ...left with not a lot of stuff at all..., she said.

The star said the incident had forced her to re-evaluate how she uses social media.

...I never thought if I was to be robber that I would feel guilty for being robbed,... she said.

...But I think seeing a lot of things on social media and seeing a lot of people's opinions about why we were robbed, I started to feel like, god, was this my fault?

...Do I share too much? Did I do the wrong thing?...

Molly said her job ...is literally to share my life, that's actually what I get paid to do, it's how I make a living....

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...I share every aspect of my life with you. The things I buy, where I live, what I do with my boyfriend, where I'm going,... she said.

...It's really, really hard to find that balance between sharing so that you guys want to keep up with my life and see what I'm doing, but also keeping my life private so that I stay safe and I think I potentially maybe lost that balance.

...It's nobody's fault, it's just a truly, truly awful thing to have happened....

Molly met Tommy on Love Island

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