Love Island's Megan Barton Hanson Suggests Bosses Were 'Put Off' When She Revealed She Is Bisexual

She first auditioned for the show a year before she actually made it into the villa.

Former Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson has revealed she is bisexual, claiming she was originally turned down by the show when she disclosed that she was attracted to both men and women.

Megan appeared on the fourth series of the ITV2 reality show last year, eventually making it through to the final with now-ex-boyfriend Wes Nelson.

However, in a new interview with The Sun, Megan said she first auditioned for the show a year earlier, but suggested she was turned away after telling bosses she is bisexual.

Megan Barton Hanson
Megan Barton Hanson
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I was super open and said I feel like I’m more into girls, but I think that’s what put them off,” Megan admitted.

She went on to say that on her second try, she disclosed her history of working as a stripper and webcam model, but decided not to reveal that she is interested in men and women.

Megan said: “In Love Island I already felt I had a stigma attached to me because of being a stripper.

“I didn’t want to, like, add to it by revealing I like girls as well! But now I feel like everyone has accepted that and to be honest, I don’t care what people think.

I feel like I just need to be a bit brave now and say it how it is. It’s so easy to let fear of people’s opinions stop you from being true to yourself.”

HuffPost UK has contacted Love Island for clarification.

Wes and Megan in the Love Island villa
Wes and Megan in the Love Island villa
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So far, Love Island has only seen one same-sex couple pair up in the villa, when Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Gradon were briefly an item during the show’s second series.

A Love Island boss has controversially said he doesn’t anticipate featuring LGBTQ+ relationships on the show in the future, claiming he feels “the format doesn’t really allow it”.

Having made it to the Love Island final last year, Megan is now gearing up to appear on the next series of Celebs Go Dating, alongside former co-star Jack Fincham.

Love Island airs Sunday through Friday nights on ITV2.

Yewande Biala
ITV
Age: 23

From: Dublin, Ireland

Occupation: Scientist

She says: "I think people may be surprised. Every time I say that I’m a scientist, people are shocked. I think there are loads of intelligent people on reality television."
Lucie Donlan
ITV
Age: 21

From: Newquay

Occupation: Surfer

She says: "I stand out and I’m different to the usual girls that might go on the show. I’m more into sports as well as being glam. I can do both, which makes me stand out compared to other girls. I’m more of a guy’s girl than a girl’s girl."

Claim to fame: "The last guy I was with was Charlie [Frederick] from last year’s Love Island. We got together a few weeks after he came out of the villa."
Amber Gill
ITV
Age: 21

From: Newcastle

Occupation: Beauty therapist

She says: "I like tall guys who are muscly and athletic, I like people that go to the gym because that’s what I like. I want someone who is funny and that I can have fun with and doesn’t take themselves too seriously because I am daft."

Claim to fame: "I know a few of the former Islanders from Newcastle, like Adam Collard and Ellie Brown. Everyone knows everyone in Newcastle!"
Amy Hart
ITV
Age: 26

From: Worthing, Sussex

Occupation: Cabin crew

She says: "I I have weird celebrity crushes like David Walliams and Simon
Cowell. You’d never go there obviously but there is something about them."

Claim to fame: "I went on a night out once and Liam from One Direction was there. We were in the VIP bit and so was he and he walked past me and I smiled and he said ‘Hey, you alright? What’s your name?’ He told us to come and sit in his booth and we had a picture together."
Anna Vakili
ITV
Age: 28

From: London

Occupation: Pharmacist

She says: "I’m difficult to handle, I’m a drama queen and I overreact. I’m clumsy and I’m a messy eater. I spill my drinks all the time. I’m stubborn as well, if I’m in a mood then it’s really hard to get me out of the mood."

Claim to fame: "I ended up on the Iranian News earlier this year when my sister and I were away in Qatar with two Iranian footballers who have a huge following. Suddenly my followers went up by 20,000 and I started being tagged in fan pages!"
Anton Danyluk
ITV
Age: 24

From: Airdrie, Scotland

Occupation: Gym owner

He says: "That’s a medical condition that I have… a wandering eye! I’ve never really been loyal in any of my relationships. My last relationship, I actually got caught cheating for the first time in my life and it changed everything for me. I saw how much it hurt her and what it did to her. So, for me going to into Love Island, it’s going to be the biggest test of my life."
Tommy Fury
ITV
Age: 20

From: Manchester

Occupation: Boxer

He says: "I won’t be afraid to go and have a splash about in the pool, I’ll mingle with people and find out about everyone because at the end of the day I’ll be living with these people for a long time so it’ll be nice to see if I have a bromance in there, along with a relationship. It’s nice to be a bit standoutish."

Claim to fame: "It’s probably my brother, Tyson, but I’m my own man and I’ve said it throughout my whole boxing career. I don’t want to be labelled as his little brother, I’m my own man and I’m doing the best that I can do in life and that’s all I’m setting out to achieve."
Joe Garratt
ITV
Age: 22

From: South east London

Occupation: Catering company owner

He says: "I’ve only had one girlfriend. I knew her locally but I think we started chatting through social media. I meet people in bars, that’s my go-to."

Claim to fame: "I used to play semi-professional rugby."
Michael Griffiths
ITV
Age: 27

From: Liverpool

Occupation: Firefighter

He says: "I get complimented on my smile a lot. People seem to be obsessed with my lips. I’d rate myself ten out of ten, I would have said nine but I’m a hero so it bumps it up."
Sherif Lanre
HuffPost UK
Age: 20

From: London

Occupation: Chef and semi-pro rugby player

He says: "I’m upbeat and cheeky and outrageous with my own friends so hopefully that continues in the villa. I’m always on a mission to make people
laugh.That’ll be of value in there."
Callum MacLeod
ITV
Age: 28

From: South Wales

Occupation: Aircraft engineer

He says: "I would say my best feature is my tan - give me an hour and I am golden."
Curtis Pritchard
ITV
Age: 23

From: Shropshire

Occupation: Ballroom and Latin dancer

He says: "I have lived a very sheltered life because of my dancing, I’ve not done a lot of going out partying, going on dates because I haven’t had time to. Being truthful I’ve probably been on less than ten dates, maybe five dates. I have never met anyone online, I’ve never used a dating app."

Claim to fame: "I would say my claim to fame is that I’m on Dancing with the Stars Ireland and AJ Pritchard from Strictly Come Dancing is my brother."