Married At First Sight Australia star Martha Kalifatidis says show left her ‘traumatised and isolated’ and she ‘regretted everything’
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To viewers Martha Kalifatidis seemed to have a fantastic experience on Married At First Sight Australia.
After all, her and Michael Brunelli, 29, are one of the programme’s few success stories, and are still loved up three years later.
However, speaking exclusively to OK! Online, the 32 year old revealed that the aftermath of the reality show wasn't quite the fairytale ending.
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When asked about her regrets the make up artist said: “Today I don’t, but it’s three years on and hindsight is a beautiful thing. While the show was airing… well that’s a different story. I regretted the entire thing!”
Becoming famous overnight is no small feat, and although Martha was keen to stress that the MAFSA did “take after care seriously” there were other obstacles to overcome.
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She continued: “I think that what the contestants go through is so traumatic and polarising that afterwards they feel they can’t trust anyone.
"How can you trust the people who put you in that position in the first place, is usually the mentality of people coming off reality TV.
“I was so hyper vigilant after the show, I just couldn’t relax. At the time I didn’t want to talk to anyone about what I was feeling, apart from the other contestants. And I definitely didn’t want to speak with the psychologist on the MAFS payroll.”
The Bondi-based star went on to explain that appearing on the show “isolates you” and can make you distanced from loved ones.
She said: “You become distanced from your friends and family because it feels like no one can understand you, since they haven’t experienced it themselves.
“Which then isolates you even more, and then it becomes a viscous cycle. It is important to have a strong support system, whatever and whoever that is.”
However, the influencer has found a support system in boyfriend Michael, and she revealed their relationship has gone from “strength to strength” and she feels “like the luckiest girl with him.”
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And does she still refer to the fitness entrepreneur as her husband?
“No, he is my boyfriend. Which I think is quite a cute title that I’m not mad about at all,” she laughed.
“I think there may be a wedding on the cards but I guess that’s a question you’ll have to ask Michael!”
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