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Bisexual Love Island star called ‘big, fat lesbian’ by brother’s girlfriend just minutes before her first date with a girl

Lily Wakefield December 30, 2020
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Love Island star reveals homophobic abuse from brother’s girlfriend

Megan Barton-Hanson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall. (Getty/ Jeff Spicer)

Bisexual Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson has revealed the “mortifying” homophobic comments she received from her brother’s girlfriend when she began dating women.

Barton-Hanson came out publicly as bisexual last year when she appeared on Celebs Go Dating, and went on a date with The Only Way is Essex star Demi Sims. The two reportedly had a brief relationship before breaking up.

But this month, Barton-Hanson invited Sims to be a guest on her podcast You Come First to discuss their journeys with coming out and reality TV.

In the 3 December episode, the 26-year-old Love Island star discussed the moment she finally found the courage to go on her first date with a woman.

She said: “I had no gay friends, and I didn’t know what it was like to even date a girl. There was nothing in Southend for a gay community or anyone I knew.

I got this app called HER… and I matched with someone, set up a date.”

But on the day of the date, she said, she was faced with “mortifying” homophobia from her brother’s girlfriend.

Barton-Hanson continued: “Before I went out for the date my brother’s girlfriend, who lived with us, burst in the door and took a seat on my bed all serious.

“And she was like, ‘Turns out you are 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’d ever had the confidence to meet a girl this girl – who is quite close to me – comes in and is homophobic and rude about it. Mortifying.”

She said the experience put her off using dating apps completely, adding: “It was a disaster for me.”

Love Island star received abuse for having an OnlyFans account

Earlier this year, Megan Barton-Hanson said she had been receiving abuse online after she rejoined OnlyFans to cheer up her fans up during the coronavirus lockdown.

“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone’s life has been turned upside down – it’s a really worrying time,” she told The Sun, adding that she believes people are feeling “frustrated and helpless” because they now have “much more time on their hands”.

Barton-Hanson, who has always been open about her previous work in the sex industry, added: “I’ve had a lot more negativity in my direct messages.

“It’s sad as most of it is based around my choice to reactivate my OnlyFans account. I’ve had so much abuse for it.”

Related topics: Bisexuality, Homophobia, love island, Megan Barton-Hanson

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