WHY MARRIAGE ISN’T ON MEGAN’S CARDS
The Love Island star on making out on TV and making a difference
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