has detailed her post-Love Island experience in a bid to help the new crop of stars navigate their newfound fame.
In an essay for magazine, the 27-year-old reality star revealed that she ‘wasn’t prepared’ for the outside world after leaving the villa, notably the ‘backlash’ over her plastic surgery and said she wished she’d attended the show’s optional therapy sessions.
Megan appeared on series four of the ITV2 show in 2018, where she finished in fourth place with ex-boyfriend .
Candid: Megan Barton Hanson has detailed her post-Love Island experience in a bid to help the new crop of stars navigate their newfound fame
The influencer worked as a glamour model before appearing on the show and admitted she was warned by one of her fellow Islanders that topless videos of herself were being featured on Peruvian porn sites.
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Megan – who has had lip fillers, rhinoplasty and a boob job among her list of cosmetic enhancements – admitted that she was worried about returning home when the show ended.
She confessed: ‘I wasn’t prepared for the backlash about my plastic surgery and what I looked like before.’
Backlash: , the 27-year-old reality star revealed that she ‘wasn’t prepared’ for the outside world after leaving the villa, following her stint on series four of the ITV2 show in 2018
She went on to admit that she found herself becoming obsessed with checking her social media profiles as she urged new Islanders to turn off their notifications.
Describing the experience as ‘traumatic’, she explained: ‘It’s not healthy to be on social media all the time and you’ll end up reading nasty comments from weeks back, when you were still on the show, and that can be quite traumatic.’
Earlier this year, ITV laid out new duty of care plans for the contestants, in the wake of three tragic deaths connected to the show.
Love Island addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.
Praise: Megan praised the Love Island team for their new protocol, discussing the importance of making therapy sessions compulsory, instead of optional
As part of the revamp, Islanders are offered comprehensive psychological support, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show and a proactive aftercare package which offers support.
Other measures in place include training for contestants with social media, handling potential negativity, financial management and taking on management.
Megan praised the team for their new protocol, discussing the importance of making therapy sessions compulsory, instead of optional.
She mused: ‘I think it’s really good Islanders are given compulsory therapy sessions.
We also had a therapist available, but I was on such a high during and afterwards, I felt like I didn’t need it. In hindsight, maybe I should have done it.’
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