Megan hopes her candid memoir will continue to challenge people’s misconceptions about her.
Detailing her life so far, from being bullied as a teenager at school to her previous failed relationships, Megan also writes about her dream of becoming a professional country singer – something she began to achieve last September when she knocked Taylor Swift off the top of the iTunes chart with her debut single, High Heeled Shoes.
Megan hopes her candid memoir will continue to challenge people’s misconceptions about her and says she has gone into great detail about her career in a bid to silence critics.
“People think that I’ve just got on TV and got into singing like that,” she says, clicking her fingers, “But no, I’ve been going to auditions
and performing since I was really, really young. I knew this was always going to be my dream, but TV came along the way.”
It’s Megan’s mum Tanya and other members of her close-knit family that have helped to make her dream a reality, supporting her every step of the way.
“My mum always used to say to me, ‘Make sure that you write things down because one day you’re going to be writing a book,’” Megan explains.
“So I’ve been jotting really detailed things in my diaries and I kept them all in a memory box in my house.
When I had this opportunity, I got them all out and have literally written things from my diary in the book.”
Megan recently designed and moved into her first home in Essex and is in a relationship with former Love Island star Mike Thalassitis.
Forever grateful for her family’s support, she’s keen to show them her gratitude since being catapulted to fame.
“I constantly want to make them happy. They’ve helped me so much through my life, that now it’s my turn to help them. My mum, my sister and my nan are my best friends. The girls in my family are so close. We tell each other everything. When I can, especially when it’s their birthdays or Christmas, I do a big splash out.”
One of her biggest fans and supporters was her beloved grandad, who sadly passed away in 2015.
But it’s not just the McKenna women who have encouraged her throughout the trials and tribulations of fulfilling her music dream. Another of her biggest fans and supporters was her beloved grandad, who sadly passed away in 2015.
This section of the book was extremely emotional for Megan to relive.
“At the time when I first got on TV and I was doing Celebrity Big Brother and also the second series of [MTV reality series] Ex On The Beach, it was while my grandad was dying. He was so close to me and my family. He was my mum’s dad and they lived around the corner, so we would see them every single day.
“I’ve worked my whole life to get where I am, but there’s been some horrible times when I’ve thought, ‘It’s never going to happen to me,’ and my grandad – as well as my mum – would always be saying, ‘Don’t give up, keep trying. You’re going to do it.’”
However, even though she misses him dearly, Megan takes great comfort from the fact that she still feels his presence today.
She explains, “Before my grandad died, a feather dropped in my nan’s house – a pure white one. It dropped down the day that he died and my nan kind of knew that it was going to happen.”
And it’s happened since.
“It was my birthday two days after he died,” Megan says, “When the card was written for me he was still alive, so it still had both my nan and grandad’s names in it. As I opened the card, I saw it had a bit of money in it, I picked it up and, as I did, there was another white feather.”
Continuing about a second memorable occasion – which occurred when her entire family had turned out to watch her perform in her home county – Megan adds, “I stood on stage and sang a song for him. I looked down – it makes me feel weird just talking about it now – and there was a white feather on the stage. I thought, ‘Has anyone got feathers on? Did any of the supporting artists wear feathers?’”
Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis have sadly split.
my ultimate goal is to have my own tour all over the worldand an album
It’s this previously hidden emotional side of Megan that was a big part of the reason that she endeared herself to viewers during an appearance on this year’s empowering ITV documentary show The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night.
A far cry from her reality days, Megan joined a line-up of other female famous faces – including Loose Women anchor Coleen Nolan and Emmerdale actress Sally Dexter – and stripped to raise awareness about breast cancer.
It’s evidently had a lasting impact on her.
“I had emails saying that we saved people’s lives and that they wouldn’t have checked themselves without the show. That’s why I feel people like me going on there perhaps made the younger generation watch it,” she explains.
“It does make you realise you have to check yourself. You think when you’re young that you’re never going to get it, but there are people out there that do.”
Admitting that the prospect of baring all in front of a live studio audience was a concept that initially filled her with fear, Megan continues, “I can be quite insecure about my weight and have been trolled about my weight, and a lot about my boobs, so it was difficult knowing that I actually had to show them.
But being in a situation with girls that have had breasts removed did make me think, ‘Wow. I moan about the stupidest things.’ “It was an amazing experience. I loved working with those women and made lifelong friends. I’m still in touch with Victoria Derbyshire – I love her – and I also saw Coleen Nolan recently and I talk to Sarah-Jane Crawford on WhatsApp.
We’re in a group chat, so we all speak on there.” So would she like to team up with Coleen once more professionally and join the Loose Women panel?
Mouthy by Megan McKenna is out now (John Blake, £16.99)
“I’ve been on the show as a guest and I loved it. I love Coleen – I really get on with her – so that would be something that I’d love to do. They need a younger person who can voice their opinion. And I really get on with Stacey [Solomon, another of the show’s regular panellists] as well. She’s lovely.”
But, having just supported Canadian crooner Michael Bublé at the British Summer Time festival, there’s plenty more that ambitious Megan would also like to achieve in her next chapter.
The star – who suffers from coeliac disease – says, “I would like to do something to do with cooking. I like to cook. I love The Great British Bake Off, so maybe I could be Team Coeliac, as when you cook gluten-free and wheat-free it comes out differently.
“I think I would stay clear of constructed reality – I’m better off with documentary style and being left to my own devices. And I can be quite funny, believe it or not.
“But my ultimate goal is to have my own tour all over the worldand an album. That is what I want most in life.”
Mouthy by Megan McKenna is out now (John Blake, £16.99).