‘Should have gone to therapy’: Megan Barton Hanson describes her post-Love Island experience as she reveals it was ‘traumatic’ to be on social media
Megan Barton Hanson detailed her post-Love Island experience in an effort to help the new crop of stars navigate their newfound fame.
In an essay for thank you magazine, the 27-year-old reality star revealed she was “unprepared” for the outside world after she left the villa, particularly the “backlash” over her plastic surgery and said she wished she’d attended the show’s optional therapy sessions.
Megan appeared in series four of the ITV2 show in 2018 where she finished in fourth place with ex-boyfriend Wes Nelson.
Candid: Megan Barton Hanson detailed her post-Love Island experience in an effort to help the new crop of stars navigate their newfound fame
The influencer worked as a glamor model before appearing on the show and admitted to being warned by one of her fellow islanders that topless videos of herself were being shown on porn sites.
Megan — who has had lip fillers, nose jobs and a boob job among her list of cosmetic enhancements — admitted she was worried about coming home when the show ended.
She confessed, “I wasn’t prepared for the reactions about my plastic surgery and how I used to look.”
Comment: , the 27-year-old reality star revealed she was ‘unprepared’ for the outside world after she left 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.
She described the experience as ‘traumatic’, explaining: ‘It’s not healthy to be on social media all the time and you’ll end up reading nasty comments from weeks ago when you were still on the show, and that can be quite traumatic. ‘
Earlier this year, ITV presented new duty of care plans for the contestants, in the wake of three tragic deaths linked to the show.
Love Island addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack, died tragically by suicide within a 20-month period.
Praise: Megan praised the Love Island team for their new protocol and discussed the importance of making therapy sessions mandatory rather than optional
As part of the revamp, islanders will receive extensive psychological support, detailed conversations with islanders about the impact of participating on the show, and a proactive aftercare package that provides support.
Other measures include training for participants with social media, dealing with potential negativity, financial management and management takeover.
Megan praised the team for their new protocol and discussed the importance of making therapy sessions mandatory rather than optional.
She mused, “I think it’s very good that islanders have mandatory therapy sessions. We also had a therapist at our disposal, but I was so high during and after that I felt like I didn’t need it. In hindsight, maybe I should have done it.’
Love Island: When did producers announce significant changes to Islanders’ duty of care?
Following Mike’s death in 2019, producers announced significant changes to Islanders’ duty of care, saying everyone would have access to therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of ‘proactive’ contact.
The ITV show addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie and Mike and host Caroline died tragically by suicide within a 20-month period.
Sophie, 32, took her own life back in June 2018 after appearing in season two of the show two years earlier. Her heartbroken boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, 25, committed suicide just 20 days later.
Mike rose to fame in the show’s third season. The 26-year-old footballer tragically died by suicide a year after Sophie in March 2019.
And in February 2020, Love Island presenter Caroline was found dead in her home after committing suicide, a day after learning that the Crown Prosecution Service would proceed with a lawsuit for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton in 2019.
Following the passing of contestant Mike in 2019, ITV stated that the team had ramped up the aftercare available to stars appearing on the show.
“Today we outline that our wellbeing processes follow three major phases: pre-filming, filming and aftercare,” said ITV Studios Entertainment creative director Richard Cowles at the time.
“We are increasing our support after filming to help islanders track their time in villa.”