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Megan Barton-Hanson soon came out as bisexual after her time on Love Island in 2018 – where she partnered up with now ex-boyfriend Wes Nelson.
The 27 year old revealed that because she came out in the public eye, she felt a "lot of pressure" to show that she was interested in women and men following her appearance on the dating show.
Megan began by explaining there is "only a handful" of lesbians in Essex as she continued: "Exploring your sexuality can be difficult, especially when you live somewhere rural or suburban. There must be at least a handful of lesbians in Essex, but there’s loads of gay clubs and no women anywhere!"
The Love Island favourite then said it felt "very isolating" and she didn't come out for years because she felt she had no one to talk to or socialise with.
"Because I came out in quite a public way, I faced a lot of judgement from people saying it was for press attention or for TV," Megan added in her column with Vice.
"That created an intense amount of pressure, which made me feel like I had to work to ‘prove’ my sexuality.
"That’s something I imagine a lot of people deal with to varying degrees, maybe with friends or family who don’t understand."
After parting her ways from Wes Nelson, Megan went on to star on Celebs Go Dating in 2019 – when she dated ex Demi Sims -and Celeb Ex in the City last year.
Now the E4 star has reportedly said yes to starring on Ex on the Beach.
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"The show is all about scandal and confrontation and Megan is outspoken and feisty, so producers were pleased to sign her – she makes great telly," a source told The Sun.
Megan could be coming face to face with the likes of Wes, Demi Sims, Chelcee Grimes, or her former villa flame Eyal Booker.
Speaking about her dating situation recently, she told OK!: "Yeah I'm very much single. I've just been focusing on me really.
"I've got my podcast, I'm recording my second series of that, which is exciting."
The star went on to share: "I'm trying to focus on work and not premeditate on looks.
"I guess if someone comes along, they come along but… I'm just focusing on me this year. Can't wait to have a hot girl summer!"
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