SHE was at the forefront of the biggest hamster heist in recent showbiz history.
And now Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson has broken her silence over the rodent robbery saying her actions were promoted over concern for the animal’s welfare while living at fellow Islander Charlie Brake’s London home.
In an exclusive interview, she said: “I’ve always been an animal lover – I could never see an animal ill-treated.
“In my drunken state I got really maternal. I’m 25 and my hormones are kicking in. I saw the hamster and I thought ‘These three boys aren’t looking after you, I’ll look after you.’
“I remember saying to it ‘don’t worry you’re safe now.’”
The Sun revealed Megan nicked hamster Khaleesi following a drunken night out last week.
But she ended up losing the furry pet for two days before luring it back using a humane trap and returning it to its rightful owner.
She vowed: “I’m never, ever going to take someone’s pet again – even though I had good intentions.
“Most people take things off the street like a sign post or a traffic cone when they’re drunk but I’m there with a bloody hamster.
“People are going to be hiding their pets when I come over.”
Megan’s hamster drama almost overshadowed her preparation for ITV show The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night which returns to screens tomorrow.
Despite her previous work as a stripper Megan says she was “terrified” taking her kit off for charity – and she dreaded performing the dance routine in front of a live audience.
She said: “Most people taking part are nervous about showing their boobs at the end but for me it was learning the dance.
“I thought ‘Oh my God how am I going to get up on stage and dance which I’m terrible at in front of hundreds of people?’
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“Everyone thinks that given my past job it would be no sweat for me and I would be absolutely fine. But with stripping you just sway from side to side and if someone doesn’t like it they won’t come back.
“We show the tiniest glimpse of boob at the end and despite my past I was the quickest to cover up because I’m out of my comfort zone on stage.”
She’s far more at home in a cage, surrounded by straw and a spinning wheel.