Reality star Megan McKenna has explained the reason why she decided to get the fillers in her lips removed.
The X Factor: Celebrity contestant opened up about her previous insecurities about her lips which saw her become “obsessed” with them and the event which saw her finally decide to have the filler dissolved.
Speaking to The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, Megan, 27, explained she feels “mortified” when she looks back at photos of her with plumper lips.
She said: “I spent three years pumping it in, pumping it in, thinking: ‘They’re not big enough, let’s get some more.’
“I became obsessed with my lips. I’d take a photo of myself and if I didn’t think they looked big enough I’d make them bigger with an editing app.
“Honestly I think I had body dysmorphia, because when I look back at pictures of myself now I am horrified. I look like a duck. I don’t know how they didn’t bump into things! I can’t believe what I looked like.
“And no one could tell me. No one. Not my mum or anyone. It sounds pathetic, but I thought I’d look ugly without them.”
Megan, who rose to fame on Ex On The Beach in 2016, then revealed it was the headlines after her performance in Hyde Park when she opened for Michael Buble in 2018 that made her realise she needed to ditch the fillers.
She explained: “Every headline the next day was about me and my big lips. I’d left my job on TOWIE to really smash this and so to have everything become about my lips was upsetting. I want people to be talking about my voice – I don’t want people looking at my lips.
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“I think I realised I was never going to be taken seriously while I had fillers, so I decided they had to go. I had so much in there. I didn’t just have one lot of dissolvent, I had to have two!
“I thought no one was going to like me without them but after the second week, I saw myself and thought: ‘Hold on, I look all right.’ I think I’d lost sight of what a normal face looked like.”
Looking back on her old look, Megan said: “I was trying to mould myself into something I wasn’t.
”And now I think it looks ridiculous. I know I look better natural and I will never go down that route again. It’s just not nice.”
The former The Only Way Is Essex star then debuted her new natural look at The X Factor: Celebrity launch earlier this month.
Megan is one of a number of celebrities who are set to compete on The X Factor: Celebrity, which will see the winner walk away with a record deal with Syco.
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Love Island’s Wes Nelson, Zara McDermott, Eval Booker and Samira Mighty have also formed a supergroup called The Islanders on the show.
But, Zara revealed there were a number of other former Love Island contestants who auditioned for a spot in the band.
Speaking exclusively to OK! Online Zara said: “We actually all auditioned separately for the show.
“I auditioned and I literally cried in my audition because I was so scared of singing in front of people.
“I think they saw that we would all work together and I think, from what I know, I don’t know 100 per cent, but there were a few other Love Islanders that auditioned as well.
“But the producers ended up sitting down and thinking who would work best together and they ended up choosing the four of us out of all the others that had auditioned and ended up putting us together.”
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