The Love Is­land star on mak­ing out on TV and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

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The course of true love never did run smooth, and Me­gan Bar­ton-han­son and Wes Nel­son, 20, had a rock­ier start than most. But while we were, at first, du­bi­ous about her in­ten­tions on Love Is­land, she won us over with her gen­uine feel­ings for her beau. More im­por­tantly, since leav­ing the villa, the 24 year old has made it her mis­sion to use her new-found plat­form as a force for good – speak­ing out about de­pres­sion and low self-es­teem. Oh, and she’s also man­aged to fit in a fash­ion cam­paign for Pretty lit­tle thing along the way...

You’ve been liv­ing with Wes since leav­ing Love Is­land – how’s it go­ing?

Good, but South End is too far, so we’re mov­ing. It’ll be nice to have our own lit­tle place to­gether. Right now, it’s more like my flat – he’s so laid-back, I could make it bright pink and he wouldn’t mind. He needs to learn to fold his clothes.

You two are one of the last Love Is­land cou­ples stand­ing…

The good thing about me and Wes is that we’re not so wor­ried about what other peo­ple think. I did get a lot of stick for kiss­ing so many boys in the villa, but we both had a jour­ney and I re­alised he was the one for me. We’re so grate­ful for all these ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, but be­ing to­gether is im­por­tant to us.

So, can we ex­pect to hear wed­ding bells?

We haven’t even spo­ken about it. The most we’ve spo­ken about is get­ting a dog, but we can’t even look af­ter our­selves! It’s not on our agenda now, we’re so pre­oc­cu­pied. One thing at a time, we don’t want to put too much pres­sure on our­selves.

You’ve won praise for be­ing open about your strug­gles with men­tal health…

That’s one thing since leav­ing Love Is­land that’s made my heart feel so full. I was work­ing in a strip club at 20 and had pretty easy money, so I was for­tu­nate to find out early that money doesn’t make me happy. I’m grate­ful for this plat­form and I’m go­ing to use it the best way I can. And I want to show young girls that just be­cause you have your boobs done, you won’t wake up one morn­ing and feel like Bey­oncé. You’re still go­ing to have strug­gles.

The Pretty lit­tle thing cam­paign was shot in LA, so is Hol­ly­wood the next stop for you and Wes?

Hope­fully! But I sug­gested we go there to him re­cently, and he said, “Meg, I’m 20, I can’t get into any of the clubs!” [You have to be 21 to get into clubs out there.] I felt so old.

‘Get­ting your boobs done won’t make you feel like bey­oncé’

Wes won’t be tak­ing her up the aisle any time soon

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