Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson has claimed ITV had a role in her split with partner Wes Nelson.
Speaking after the couple broke up in January, Barton-Hanson suggested the producers of Dancing on Ice “deliberately stirred things up” by pairing Nelson, who is currently competing on the show, with professional dance partner Vanessa Bauer.
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“The fact that the producers deliberately stirred things up by partnering Wes with the youngest, hottest girl annoyed me,” Barton-Hanson told OK! magazine.
“Also the judges making comments, like Jason [Gardiner] saying that Wes and Vanessa made a ‘lovely couple’ was frustrating.”
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Barton-Hanson also doubled down on earlier remarks she had made about Bauer.
“I stick by my guns that Vanessa knew what she was doing posting that when she did; it was completely tactical,” Barton-Hanson said, referring to the Instagram post in which she accused the dancer of using her recent break-up with her boyfriend as a way of getting herself publicity.
“Hope the tactical break-up got you the headlines you wanted babe,” she said at the time.
However, despite the negativity towards Bauer and the Dancing on Ice producers, Barton-Hanson claimed she still had feelings for Nelson.
“Our ambitions and goals in life are very different – Wes is younger than me and wrapped up in the fame bubble – but I still love him, which is why it hurts so much. I fought and fought and fought for Wes but he doesn’t love me back,” she said.
Dancing on Ice continues Sunday at 6pm on ITV