Megan Barton-Hanson wows in incredible bikini selfie after admitting low self esteem left her wanting to die
MEGAN Barton-Hanson has left fans reeling with a jaw-dropping bikini shot where she showed off her body confidence, writing: "Thick thighs save lives."
It's a remarkable turnaround for the Love Island star, who once suffered so badly with low self-esteem that she found it "painful" to look at herself in the mirror and hit such a low she asked her mum for permission to die.
The 25-year-old posed alongside pal Charley Marven, pouting in the white swimwear beside her pal, who was dressed in a similarly dazzling bikini.
Her picture comes as Megan admitted she "wanted to give up" after hitting rock bottom when a relationship crumbled before last year's Love Island.
She told The Sun Online's Big Interview: “I just didn’t know what my direction was. I was a little bit lost. I was like: 'What am I going to do now?'
"I think I had turned 21. I was just so unhappy and kept thinking: 'Why do things keep going wrong in my life?'"
Megan added: “I went to my mum and basically asked for permission, saying ‘I really don’t want to be here anymore’ and she didn’t know what to do.
"I feel so guilty to this day putting that pressure on her but I am just so glad that I was open and honest with her.”
Her mum dialled medical emergency helpline 111 and she now sees a therapist once a week to help her cope with depression.
Earlier in the week Megan had explained how she was bullied at school so brutally that she ended up begging her mum to let her have cosmetic surgery.
She told the Mirror: "Every morning I woke up and didn’t feel good. Looking in the mirror was painful almost.
"At school, kids can be so nasty. It was getting to me every day. I’d tie my hair back and my ears stuck out. Boys would make comments."
Megan added: "It was difficult convincing my mum. She’s like: 'You’re so young, you won’t care, it’s only because you’re going through that awkward teenage stage.'
"When she saw how much it was bothering me, it was a no-brainer."
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
Speaking about how celebrities are often expected to seem sunny, she told The Sun: "I feel people don’t think people in the public eye don’t get down or sad.
"When I first came out I was worried because you are given this amazing platform and you feel this guilt for feeling down. You shouldn’t.
“People need to understand that just because we are in the public eye, we are not invincible. We still have days where we are down.”
But we can all do our bit to help prevent deaths from suicide.
That's why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign, to remind those in the grips of mental illness that there is hope and to encourage people to watch out for the warning signs a loved one could be in trouble.
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