Megan McKenna was sweet as pie as she humbly accepted the X Factor : Celebrity crown on Saturday night – but some fans are refusing to forget her shockingly explosive reality show past.
The 27-year-old music contest winner has a long history of starring on reality shows – from MTV’s Ex on the Beach, to ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex, to Five’s CelebrityBig Brother .
Despite her transformation into Simon Cowell’s new darling, many viewers couldn't shake the outbursts Megan unleashed on past shows.
After Megan won The X Factor on Saturday night (bagging herself a record deal with Simon’s Syco record label), and old video from Ex on the Beach went viral.
The 30 second clip showed Megan clashing with co-stars, throwing around foul language, threatening to punch other women in the face, slapping out at another contestant, and throwing the contents of her glass over another – with the clip clocking up tens of thousands of views following her win (and shared via @SxdsK__).
In expletive filled outbursts, Megan shouted abuse like: “Get me away from this c*** before I punch her in the f***ing face! I will f*** her up!”
She is also seen saying to cameras: “Babe she needs to calm the f*** down or I will go ham on that b*****!”
Many interacted with the videos – shared on Twitter – to claim this was the Megan they remembered.
“The Megan we all know and love,” one fan tweeted, alongside a string of crying-with-laughter emojis.
Another branded her a “horrible woman.”
While a further tweeted: “I agree… I don't understand why a lot of people seem to be in love with someone so aggressive and nasty… I hope she's not still like this.. honestly, I don't use what is so glamorous about this kind of behaviour.”
And another responded to the video to bring into question Megan’s X Factor triumph, tweeting: “She's a total phoney – already touted the U.S. and got a contract.- and who couldn't sing with that big an echo chamber!”
Over the years, similar fiery scenes have been caught on camera during Megan's stints on TOWIE and CBB as well as her time on Ex on the Beach.
Of course, everyone is capable of change, and Megan has seemed determined to rebrand herself as a new national sweetheart as she moves her life forward from her reality show past to a music career filled future.
As well as showing a (much) calmer demeanour, Megan has taken steps to give herself a more natural look – taking out her lip fillers in the hopes of being taken more seriously.
"Everything I was doing was being linked back to my mouth,” she said during an appearance on Loose Women in the run up to the X Factor final.
"I'd be doing shows like this and all the articles would be like 'Megan and her trout pout, big lips’,” she continued.
"I thought I'm trying so hard to be taken seriously here and this is never gonna happen,” she said.
She admitted that her reality show past has also led people to judge her unfairly.
"I wouldn't turn back the clock. I've done a lot of growing up over the last few years, mine was all on camera it's a bit embarrassing,” she confessed.
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