Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson details her struggles with depression and anxiety

Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson has candidly discussed how she battled with anxiety and depression prior to entering the show. 

The 24-year-old former exotic dancer shared an impassioned post on Instagram as she detailed being in ‘a bad space’ just one year ago, before admitting to her pride at attending the TV Choice Awards on Monday evening. 

Sharing a snap before she headed into the awards, the show favourite gave a nod to her beau Wes Nelson, who she met in the villa, for helping her overcome her demons while also urging her followers to ‘dream big’. 

Tough: Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson has candidly discussed her battle with anxiety and depression prior to entering the show

Tough: Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson has candidly discussed her battle with anxiety and depression prior to entering the show

Tough: Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson has candidly discussed her battle with anxiety and depression prior to entering the show

Megan was a late entrant into the show and while she grew intimate with Eyal Booker and shared a kiss with Alex George, she soon turned her attentions to Wes – despite the fact he was paired with Laura Anderson, however his head was soon turned.

While she found love in the villa, she was subject to much scrutiny on the outside as her past as an exotic dancer and glamour model became known. 

Despite this, she left the show in third place and has won fans all over – particularly after her appearance on Good Morning Britain in which she lobbied for society to stop judging women on their sexual past.

She has now given further inspiration to her fans as she revealed her battle with mental illness before sharing an encouraging message with her fans.

Golden girl: The 24-year-old former exotic dancer shared an impassioned post on Instagram as she detailed being in 'a bad space' just one year ago, before admitting to her pride at attending the TV Choice Awards on Monday evening

Golden girl: The 24-year-old former exotic dancer shared an impassioned post on Instagram as she detailed being in 'a bad space' just one year ago, before admitting to her pride at attending the TV Choice Awards on Monday evening

Golden girl: The 24-year-old former exotic dancer shared an impassioned post on Instagram as she detailed being in ‘a bad space’ just one year ago, before admitting to her pride at attending the TV Choice Awards on Monday evening

Loved up: Megan was a late entrant into the show and while she grew intimate with Eyal Booker and shared a kiss with Alex George, she soon turned her attentions to Wes - despite the fact he was paired with Laura Anderson, however his head was soon turned

Loved up: Megan was a late entrant into the show and while she grew intimate with Eyal Booker and shared a kiss with Alex George, she soon turned her attentions to Wes - despite the fact he was paired with Laura Anderson, however his head was soon turned

Loved up: Megan was a late entrant into the show and while she grew intimate with Eyal Booker and shared a kiss with Alex George, she soon turned her attentions to Wes – despite the fact he was paired with Laura Anderson, however his head was soon turned

Taking to the caption, Megan penned: ‘How times have changed! This time last year I was in really a bad space. My anxiety was at an all time high and looking back now I can see I was actually depressed…

‘I felt like I was getting nowhere and would never fulfil my dreams. Fast forward one year and here I am going to the @tvchoicemagazine awards, not only in a @julienmacdonald dress but one they actually tailored to fit me!…

‘Can’t quite believe that so much can change so quickly. If you’re feeling s***ty today just know that everything can change. Just because you aren’t where you want to be it doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get there…

Depressed: Taking to the caption, Megan penned: 'How times have changed! This time last year I was in really a bad space. My anxiety was at an all time high and looking back now I can see I was actually depressed'

Depressed: Taking to the caption, Megan penned: 'How times have changed! This time last year I was in really a bad space. My anxiety was at an all time high and looking back now I can see I was actually depressed'

Depressed: Taking to the caption, Megan penned: ‘How times have changed! This time last year I was in really a bad space. My anxiety was at an all time high and looking back now I can see I was actually depressed’

Hitting back: Despite this, she left the show in third place and has won fans all over - particularly after her appearance on Good Morning Britain in which she lobbied for society to stop judging women on their sexual past

Hitting back: Despite this, she left the show in third place and has won fans all over - particularly after her appearance on Good Morning Britain in which she lobbied for society to stop judging women on their sexual past

Hitting back: Despite this, she left the show in third place and has won fans all over – particularly after her appearance on Good Morning Britain in which she lobbied for society to stop judging women on their sexual past

‘I’m finally starting to see that I need to believe in myself more, stop be afraid of aiming high, stay focused on my goals and most importantly try to enjoy the journey getting there…

‘Sending you all love and huge thanks to everyone believing in me and helping me get to where I want to be. Special love and thanks to my favourite human @wes.nelson who has been so amazing in his support since we left the villa…

‘I love and appreciate you more than you know. Have a great day everyone. Dream big! #ownit #youareenough #positivityrules’. 

Happy days: She confessed to her happiness with Wes and urged her followers to 'dream big'

Happy days: She confessed to her happiness with Wes and urged her followers to 'dream big'

Happy days: She confessed to her happiness with Wes and urged her followers to ‘dream big’

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