EXCLUSIVE: Married At First Sight’s Jake Edwards ‘king hit’ and left ‘knocked out for nearly two minutes’ while walking home in Melbourne’s South Wharf
Married At First Sight star Jake Edwards has revealed he was brutally attacked at South Wharf in Melbourne.
The 33-year-old shared a throwback photo of the horrific incident in 2017 this week, saying he was “hit king and was unconscious for nearly two minutes.”
He told Daily Mail Australia on Friday that the attack took place on a night out as he celebrated his 100th game with the Victorian Football League.
King struck and left alone: Married At First Sight star Jake Edwards has revealed details of a horrific attack at Melbourne’s South Wharf that left him unconscious for two minutes
‘It was also my last’ [game] because of the injuries I sustained: a broken nose, stitches to my skull and broken ribs,” he said.
Jake said the attack was a “completely unprovoked coward attack.”
The VFL star was alone at the time. A group of bystanders responded gratefully and called the ambulance and police.
The reality star’s attackers were found three months later, after an extensive police investigation.
Ephemeral celebration: Jake was walking home from celebrating his 100th game in the Victorian Football League when he was hit king in an unprovoked attack. Bystanders called the police and an ambulance. The perpetrators were caught and charged three months later
“We’ve been in court for two years. They were found guilty and given three months in prison and a 300-hour court order,” he said.
“The incident left a mental scar on me. Only recently did I realize the impact it had on my life then and now.
Jake now experiences anxiety attacks when he goes out and is always “constantly alert” even when accompanied by friends and family.
He wanted to share his story to help others overcome similar situations.
Speaking: ‘It’s so important to talk about these incidents because of the damage it can do to people’s lives. It has drastically changed mine and left a lifelong trauma that I have dealt with privately,” he said, revealing that the incident left him with a crippling fear.
“It’s so important to talk about these incidents because of the damage they can do to people’s lives. It has drastically changed mine and left a lifelong trauma that I have dealt with privately.
‘I was lucky that I didn’t fall with my head on the ground and end my life. It also had a huge impact on the people in my life at the time.
Jake undertook a 4-week stint at a wellness retreat in Victoria earlier this year – a decision he’s grateful for as he looks ahead to a more positive future.
“I’m doing much better and I work with a trauma coach every week to support my next steps in life,” he said.
“But overall, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and the best version of myself ever. Add to that the past 12 months and it has certainly been a year of growth and learning.’
‘Much better’: Jake undertook a 4-week stint at a wellness retreat in Victoria earlier this year – a decision he’s grateful for as he looks ahead to a more positive future. “I’m doing much better and I work with a trauma coach every week to support my next steps in life,” he said in June.
Jake became a household name in February, after appearing in season eight of Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight.
He was paired with Beck Zemek in the controversial social experiment. Their collaboration had failed miserably.
Shortly after, he had a brief relationship with fitness influencer Sophie Guidolin, but that too fizzled out.
Jake recently moved to the Gold Coast to set up his new business, Edward Mills.
Remember this? In February, Jake became a household name after appearing in Season Eight of Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight. In the social experiment, he was paired up with Beck Zemek (left) – but their partnership had failed miserably