Former Towie star Megan McKenna has had a troubled past, but thanks to many great steps, she’s “a completely different person these days.”

The gorgeous 27 year-old shot to fame with her dramatic and often drunken appearances with the rest of the Essex lot, but now she’s a far cry from the unhappy party-girl.

But she said no thank you to the booze at the start of the year, and in a great step forward in her battle with body image, she’s had her lip fillers dissolved.

The blond bombshell’s now on the celeb edition of the X Factor , bringing her passion for country music with her, and hopes to take on the music biz off the back of the show.

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She told The Sun Online : “I’m a completely different person these days. I’ve done so much growing up.

“I know people see me as Mental Megs – if I’d watched me, I’d think, ‘Oh Godm I don’t like her.’

“But the truth is I was just a broken, upset young girl and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself in to.”

On her drinking, Megan revealed: “I realised I didn’t want to be doing that any more.I would go and get paralytic. I’m talking downing Jagerbombs like you would not believe. I don’t know how I did it.

“I was necking them three in a line, tequila, Sambuca…and I was waking up in the morning with my face all swollen from the alcohol. I’m coeliac and I’d constantly have a bed belly from a night out.

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“Some nights I’d go to the toilet,be sick and then go back and carry on drinking.

“I was abusing my body.”

Therapy has also been key for Megan in helping her move away from her destructive beahviour.

On body image, Megan is embarrassed to look back at old photos, and has since has her lips fillers dissolved.

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She said: “I’m mortified looking back at some of my old pictures. I spent three years 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 Id 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’m 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.”

She’s had an especially rough time since early 2018, when her ex-boyfriend Mike Thalassitis took his own life.

Megan’s decided to keep her feelings about the tragedy private, and doesn’t discuss it publicly.