They dated for a short time, after meeting in person while starring in Celebs Go Dating together.
And in a new interview, Megan Barton-Hanson, 26, has explained how growing up, there was no one she ‘could look up to’ as she credited Demi Sims, 24, as being the first openly bisexual woman on reality television.
The former stripper also admitted that if she hadn’t done Love Island, which catapulted her to stardom, she would have ‘stuck with the sex industry.’
Credit where credit’s due: In a new interview, Megan Barton-Hanson, 26, credited Demi Sims, 24, as being the first openly bisexual woman on reality television.
Speaking to Vice, Megan explained how she was ‘badly slut-shame’ while at school and struggled because she had no role models to identify with.
She said: ‘There was no one I could really look up to in the media or the public eye. That’s why I’m so outspoken now.’
The Love Islander lauded Cardi B, Amber Rose and Lily Allen as examples of women she believes have helped opened up conversations about women’s sexuality – something that Megan is passionate about.
Megan also credited ex Demi Sims – who joined the cast of TOWIE in November 2018 – with being the first openly bisexual woman on reality television, and for that reason wanted the star to appear on her You Come First Podcast.
Honest: The former stripper also admitted that if she hadn’t done Love Island, which catapulted her to stardom, she would have ‘stuck with the sex industry’
The first: ‘I feel like, before her [Demi], there were no bisexual women on reality TV, and I felt like I was taking credit away from her,’ said Megan when discussing Demi being on her podcast
She explained: ‘I feel like, before her [Demi], there were no bisexual women on reality TV, and I felt like I was taking credit away from her.’
Megan also asserted that if she hadn’t found fame on Love Island, she probably would ‘have stuck with the sex industry one way or another, whether it was camming or OnlyFans.’
The former stripper also restated her fear ahead of coming out on Celebs Go Dating, after how she was portrayed on Love Island and because she’d come from the sex industry.
Chosen career: Megan also said that if she hadn’t found fame on Love Island, she would ‘have stuck with the sex industry one way or another, whether it was camming or OnlyFans’
Megan insisted that she was ‘genuinely looking for a partner’ and didn’t want viewers to thing opening up about being bisexual was ‘just another sexual thing’ or something she did ‘for the headlines.’
Looking to the future, Megan admitted she hopes to have her own TV show, as well as a lingerie line and a second series of her podcast.
Megan’s latest comments about Demi come after the Love Islander and the TOWIE star proved to be the friendliest of exes as they discussed the beginnings of their failed relationship and sexuality in Megan’s You Come First podcast.
Discussion: Megan and Demi proved to be the friendliest of exes in the Love Island star’s You Come First podcast
Megan told Demi she has ‘done a lot for her’ and admitted to developing a crush on her way before they met, after watching her come out as bisexual on TOWIE.
Megan told her: ‘So Demi we met on Celebs Go Dating but I don’t think I’ve ever said this to you… I actually watched you on TOWIE.
‘I saw you on TOWIE and you were so inspiring and it was amazing how open you were about your sexuality.
‘I remember watching it with my mum, and obviously I knew I was a bit into girls at the point, so I loved that you represented that. There must have been so many girls that slid in your DMs after asking for advice about coming out and stuff.’
Relationship: The pair struck up a romance on Celebs Go Dating, but later split with Megan claiming they had ‘no sexual chemistry’ (pictured in July 2019)
To which Demi replied: ‘Yeah well funnily enough that you say that. You’ve never actually told me that the first time you saw me was on TOWIE but I had a few inklings because the first time we spoke, you slid into my DMs about something that happened on TOWIE so that does make sense now.
She added: ‘Yeah I had a lot of DMs at first and I think it’s because I was one of the first bisexual girls to be on a reality TV series in the UK.’
And sparks were flying as Megan also told her: ‘I feel like I never really said, but you’ve done loads for me as well even though you’re younger than me and I know you on a personal level now, it was just amazing to see you be so open and bold about your sexuality on such mainstream TV, so thank you I guess. Thanks for doing that for us.’
Speaking of coming out on reality TV, Demi said: ‘It was weird because I hadn’t even come out to everyone, and then the first second I went on TOWIE I was like ‘oh yeah, I’m bisexual’. So a lot of people were shocked, family friends were shocked.
Brave: Megan said Demi inspired her when she watched her come out as bisexual on reality TV (pictured back in August)
Megan also described her first experience of dating a woman as ‘mortifying’ after being shamed over her sexuality by a close family member.
‘I got this lesbian dating app called Her,’ Megan told Demi. ‘I remember I matched with someone, set up a date and then before I went out on this date my brother’s girlfriend who lived with us, burst through the door and was like: “Meg, I’ve got something to ask you.
She was like: “It turns out you’re going out with a girl who works at my work so can you just confirm you’re not a big, fat lesbian”.
‘Imagine that. The first time I ever had the confidence to go and meet a girl this girl who is quite close to me comes in and is quite homophobic and rude about it.
‘But I kind of played it down, yeah it was mortifying. It’s shocking, she probably didn’t mean to hurt me but it is something that will stay with me for life. It scarred me for life.’
The pair have made amends after falling out following their bitter split.
Back in October last year, Demi revealed to MailOnline that Megan had apologised for saying there was ‘no sexual chemistry’.
She said at the time: ‘I unblocked her because I wanted to know what she had to say and she kindly apologised for everything she had done.
‘She knew she was in the wrong with everything she had done to me. She apologised and we wished each other the best. I was really shocked because I didn’t expect her to ever apologise.
‘It felt really nice and it made my heart warm a bit more. I had a bitter frost towards her because of everything she did to me but when she apologised, it made everything better.’
Self-acceptance: Megan also told her: ‘I feel like I never really said, but you’ve done loads for me as well even though you’re younger than me’