MAFS star Natasha Spencer gives VERY serious warning to future contestants

Former Married At First Sight star Natasha Spencer has issued a very dire warning to future participants of the show as she reveals she is still battling fear.

The 28-year-old, who was taken to hospital last year for fear she would injure herself, told… Confidential of the Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Channel Nine must take complaints ‘seriously’ and make mental health a higher priority.

Married At First Sight is under investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a large number of complaints from viewers amid claims of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict during this year’s season.

Reality TV reality: Former married at first sight bride Natasha Spencer (pictured) has issued a VERY dire warning to future stars of the show – as she reveals she is still battling anxiety and undergoing therapy for “probably the rest of her life

“MAFS showed me everything I didn’t want in life,” Natasha told the newspaper.

The influencer has been on the receiving end of despicable trolls from social media users since his debut in last year’s season, resulting in an ongoing battle with fear.

After being rushed to hospital last year due to concerns about self-harm, Natasha quit alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety.

“I still have periods of anxiety, but I’m doing damn well. I work with a psychologist and I probably will for the rest of my life,” the star, who has now been sober for three months, told Confidential.

Ongoing Battle: The influencer (pictured in last year's season) is on the receiving end of vile trolls, resulting in an ongoing battle with fear.  After being rushed to hospital last year due to concerns about self-harm, Natasha quit alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety

Ongoing Battle: The influencer (pictured in last year's season) is on the receiving end of vile trolls, resulting in an ongoing battle with fear.  After being rushed to hospital last year due to concerns about self-harm, Natasha quit alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety

Ongoing Battle: The influencer (pictured in last year’s season) is on the receiving end of vile trolls, resulting in an ongoing battle with fear. After being rushed to hospital last year due to concerns about self-harm, Natasha quit alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety

Making myself a priority: “I still have bouts of anxiety, but I’m damn fine. I work with a psychologist and I probably will for the rest of my life,” the star, who has now been sober for three months, told The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential on Sunday.

Natasha isn’t the only former MAFS star to reveal the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on a primetime dating show.

Bryce Ruthven, who starred this year, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show ruined his career as a radio personality.

Speaking with the Herald Sun this month, Bryce said he is pleased that MAFS is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and that he is even considering exploring legal options against Endemol Shine.

“For me it basically ruined my career in radio,” said the 32-year-old.

Damage: Natasha isn't alone in revealing the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on the show.  Bryce Ruthven (pictured), who starred this year, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show ruined his career as a radio personality

Damage: Natasha isn't alone in revealing the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on the show.  Bryce Ruthven (pictured), who starred this year, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show ruined his career as a radio personality

Damage: Natasha isn’t alone in revealing the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on the show. Bryce Ruthven (pictured), who starred this year, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show ruined his career as a radio personality

“It actually hurt my potential earnings. If it takes much longer to find a job (exploring his legal options) you should seriously consider, especially with twins on the way.”

He also said law firms have reached out to him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them.

Bryce retired from broadcasting on the Hit 104.7 afternoon show in Canberra in February when Married At First Sight began.

Southern Cross Austereo – who owns Hit 104.7 – confirmed to Radio Today that he had resigned from the show, but no reason was given for his departure.

'For me it basically ruined my career in radio': Bryce also said law firms have approached him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them

'For me it basically ruined my career in radio': Bryce also said law firms have approached him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them

‘For me it basically ruined my career in radio’: Bryce also said law firms have approached him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them

Bryce has recently criticized the show’s producers for their “manipulated” portrayal of him on the series.

He also enjoyed his happy ending with fiancé Melissa, who is currently pregnant with twins.

“Reality TV: Manipulated Storyline,” he wrote, adding: “Reality: Engaged + Pregnant.”

He then tagged the show’s producers, including executive producer Tara McWilliams, writing, “Sorry the story didn’t turn out the way you wanted.”

Hit Back: Bryce, 32, recently criticized the show's producers for their 'manipulated' portrayal of him on the series

Hit Back: Bryce, 32, recently criticized the show's producers for their 'manipulated' portrayal of him on the series

Hit Back: Bryce, 32, recently criticized the show’s producers for their ‘manipulated’ portrayal of him on the series

According to an earlier report by The Daily TelegraphACMA received 67 complaints from viewers amid claims of mental violence, gaslighting and domestic conflict during this year’s season.

“The ACMA has launched an investigation into 2021 season episodes of Married At First Sight,” an ACMA spokesperson told the publication.

“A significant proportion of complaints allege that the program involved personally abusive exchanges between participants through gaslighting, social, verbal and mental abuse, and that the program perpetuated and promoted the theme of domestic and emotional conflict.”

Under investigation: Married At First Sight is under investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a large number of complaints.  In the picture with Melissa Rawson

Under investigation: Married At First Sight is under investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a large number of complaints.  In the picture with Melissa Rawson

Under investigation: Married At First Sight is under investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a large number of complaints. In the picture with Melissa Rawson

Channel Nine — the network behind MAFS — sent out a letter of apology in April after a Change.org petition garnered more than 15,000 signatures.

The petition alleged that Endemol Shine, the production company behind MAFS, had failed in their duty of care to the show’s participants, with viewers describing some scenes as “disturbing.”

“Nine takes the concerns of viewers seriously and makes every effort to ensure that the material it presents complies with community standards and complies with Nine’s legal obligations,” the network said in a letter.

For confidential mental health care in Australia, please contact: lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636.

In the UK, please contact: Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Problematic: According to an earlier report by The Daily Telegraph, the media watchdog received 67 complaints from viewers this year over allegations of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict.

Problematic: According to an earlier report by The Daily Telegraph, the media watchdog received 67 complaints from viewers this year over allegations of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict.

Problematic: According to an earlier report by The Daily Telegraph, the media watchdog received 67 complaints from viewers this year over allegations of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict.

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