Love Island finalist Megan Barton Hanson has called for an end to the “vilification of women” following reports she has cancelled a string of appearances at nightclubs.
In a lengthy post on social media, the former glamour model hit out at media coverage she received following and during her time on the ITV2 dating show, in which she and partner Wes Nelson finished fourth.
Ahead of the Love Island reunion show on Sunday night, Hanson wrote on Instagram: “Today I really feel that I need to address some of the stories out there about me on behalf of women in general.
“I support all women, regardless of the choices they make about what they do with their bodies.
“My dad always told me unless you’ve walked in someone’s shoes then don’t judge them. It’s 2018 and it’s time we stopped allowing the vilification of women in the media.
“Thank you to all of the amazing women that have and continue to follow my journey. Your messages of support mean so much to me.
“I won’t allow stories like these to stop me from be a free thinking, confident, independent young woman striving to make a better life for myself and my family.
“I’m off to the final Love Island Aftersun. Can’t wait to reunite with all the gang. Love to you all and have a great Sunday. Meg #womenempowerment #girlpower #womenunited.”
The post was accompanied with a picture of a quote from American politician Madeleine Albright, who served as the first female US secretary of state.
The quote said: “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
The message follows reports that Barton Hanson has cancelled a string of personal appearances at nightclubs due to “personal reasons”.
She had been due to attend Lourenzos bar in Dunfermline, Scotland, with fellow contestant Jack Fowler.
On Saturday the venue posted on its Facebook profile: “Unfortunately Love Island star Megan Barton has decided to cancel all personal appearances due to personal reasons.
“Lourenzos sincerely apologise to anyone who was excited about meeting Megan on Saturday 4th August but unfortunately the situation is out with our control.”
The Press Association has contacted Barton Hanson’s representatives for comment.
Love Island: The Reunion will air tonight on ITV2 at 9.00pm.