Everything you need to know about Vanessa Bauer and the Wes and Megan split
Up until the 2019 series of Dancing on Ice , Vanessa Bauer was known only as a pro skater from the ITV talent show, who won the 2018 series with former X Factor star Jake Quickenden.
However all that changed on her debut night skating with Love Island’s Wes Nelson in 2019 when she also happened to announce she had split from her boyfriend.
Viewers watching the show commented on Wes’ girlfriend Megan Barton Hanson ’s face of thunder while watching her lover and his partner’s performance from the audience.
Cue a barrage of accusations, finger pointing and media excitement as Megan savaged her love rival on Instagram, branding her desperate for attention.
Just two weeks later, Megan announced she and Wes had split in the wake of her jealousy.
Here’s all you need to know about Vanessa Bauer and all the gossip on the Wes and Megan drama…
Who is Vanessa Bauer?
Vanessa Putri Bauer was born in Berlin, Germany in May 1996. She became German national pairs’ junior champion with her partner Nolan Seegert at the 2013 German Figure Skating Championships.
Vanessa wasn’t selected for the World Championships and has no senior medals, instead she opted to work for Willy Bietak Productions Inc, which produces skating events and cruise company Royal Caribbean.
After working in several cruise shows, she moved to London in 2017 and joined Dancing on Ice as one of the professional figure skaters.
Vanessa also has a background in dance and acrobatics.
Winning DOI with Jake Quickenden
Vanessa’s first series on the show saw her paired with X Factor and I’m a Celebrity star Jake Quickenden.
The 2018 series was back after a four year hiatus and right from the outset Jake and Vanessa wowed the judges and audience, with their performances and their abs.
Making it all the way to the final, despite Vanessa being struck down the novavirus during the series, the pair skated to victory against Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent, who came second and rugby star Max Evans, who made it to third place.
Vanessa and Jake stunned with performances to A Little Conversation by Elvis vs JXL and Canned Heat by Jamiroquai.
They also skated the Bolero – made famous by Olympic champions and Dancing on Ice head judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and pulled off the deadly move the Headbanger.
Shortly after DOI finished Jake split from his fiancee Danielle Fogarty – just seven months after they got engaged.
The blame was put down to the strain of the DOI tour and not spending time together.
Jake has since said that Vanessa had nothing to do with the break down of his relationship but he does think ITV bosses deliberately put celebs together with sexy partners they’ll get on well with.
Who was Vanessa’s boyfriend?
Vanessa had been dating Louis Nathaniel – a circus performer and poi expert for two and a half years before she revealed they had split.
The couple had seemed close, regularly posting loved up pictures of their sun-soaked holidays together with loved up messages about each other.
However Vanessa shocked everyone when she announced they had split just as she embarked on Dancing on Ice 2019 live shows with Wes Nelson – her new partner who bears a striking resemblance to Louis.
A source at the time claimed Louis was annoyed at her close relationship with Wes that had blossomed during training.
They told The Sun: “Louis was backstage at rehearsals as Vanessa and Wes practised for their big performance. No one saw their split coming.
"They seemed perfectly fine – there was no arguing, no tension… nothing. Louis just seemed like the perfect, supportive boyfriend.
"It’s come as a shock to everyone onset as they seemed quite happy together. But maybe it was all an act.”
What happened between Megan and Vanessa?
On Wes’ debut performance on the ice with Vanessa, the judges commented on the pair’s chemistry and skill in the rink.
Viewers at home were quick to point out the very sour expression on Megan’s face as she sat listening to the comments and watching the performance from the audience.
Meg took to Instagram the next day and totally called out Vanessa in the most public of fashions.
She wrote: “@Vanessabauer_skates love that you decide to announce your breakup with your boyfriend on the night of your 1st performance with my boyfriend!
"You’ve never reached out to me once or invited me to watch you train, it pained you to introduce yourself to me last night, you didn’t even look me in the eye LOL.
"Hope the tactical breakup got you the headlines you wanted babe. @wesnelson."
Vanessa hit back by posting a snap of herself with skating partner Hamish Gaman and shared a fan comment about her winning the argument, with a laughing emoji.
She then wrote a post about skating being the most important thing to her and had a dig at Megan by mentioning women empowerment.
"Because whenever I’m on the ice everything is good again. I’m so grateful for yesterday’s voting window number,” she posted.
"There is nothing in the world I am more passionate about and that makes me happier than figure skating!
"Last nights number was an absolute dream. I can’t thank everybody enough for all the love and support #strongwoman #DancingOnIce #womenempowerment."
Wes backed up his girlfriend by calling out the public haters of Meg rather than Vanessa.
Meg then appeared on Loose Women to talk about the saga and claimed that Vanessa showed a “lack of respect” by not asking her to come to the ice rink to meet her.
"Her boyfriend got invited down,” Meg told the panel. “I feel like as a woman she should have reached out to me and introduced herself to me."
She went on to say she was jealous that Wes was spending hours a day skating in Lycra and she was left with the tired version of him at the end of the day.
"I was just really hurt, obviously. I think it’s normal, I’m not deeply insecure. I’m jealous, I am selfish…" she confessed.
"She didn’t even say thank you for a post I did about them. I was getting more press from Dancing On Ice than her."
Meanwhile Wes, who claimed the two women had cleared the air privately, and Vanessa were pictured laughing and joking during rehearsal.
But less than two weeks later, Meg broke the news that she and Wes had split just six months into their relationship.
In a statement she wrote: "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate.
"We have been working hard for well under a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.
"In all seriousness, I am so grateful and so blessed to have found Wes, I will always love and adore him and I am so lucky to call him my best friend," she went on.
"It has been an incredibly hard decision to make for both of us but we are looking forward to moving on together as friends and supporting each other in everything we do.
"I will be down at Dancing On Ice tomorrow to watch him smash it again. Only one thing left to say, come on Wes and Vanessa! x," she finished.
What’s Vanessa social media details?
Vanessa’s Instagram is @vanessabauer_skates and her Twitter handle is @TheVanessaBauer
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