Former Bachelorette Sam Frost has bravely opened up to fans, revealing she was in an “abusive relationship” for 18 months.
The 30-year-old Home and Away actress detailed the past relationship on her new mental health-focused website, Believe by Sam Frost, explaining the ex in question “ruined me and he loved it”.
Sam said it wasn’t until she visited a psychologist that she realised how toxic and emotionally abusive the relationship was, and that she deserved better.
“After a few weeks of listening to the problems in my relationship, my psychologist gently told me ‘I was in an abusive relationship’,” Sam wrote.
“The irony of that discovery, is that my partner at the time made me feel like I was completely mentally unstable, he repeatably told me I needed ‘serious help’ and I finally did, which prompted the beginning of the end.”
The TV star says infidelity was another issue in the relationship.
“I had busted him having an affair with a married woman for the majority of our relationship yet somehow he manipulated the situation and said I was to blame for being crazy and paranoid, to the point where I stayed with him after the fact because by that point I was weak, fragile, depressed & felt worthless,” she explained.
Sam said the 18 months with this man made her a completely different person, as she tried desperately to seek self-worth and happiness by dying her hair brown, becoming skinnier and wearing push-up bras.
After publishing the article, the former reality star opened up further about her experience in an interview with The Morning Show.
“Writing about my experience in a toxic relationship was certainly difficult to do,” she told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.
“You have to remember all the things you’ve tried to put behind you. Things he used to say, and how sad and weak I was and how blinded I was in that relationship.”
In a bid to encourage other women to seek support about mental health issues, Sam has launched her own website, Believe By Sam Frost.
"I have struggled with mental health for all of my life, and when I was on the radio I was talking about my battles quite publicly, and a lot of people were reaching out to me with similar experiences,” she explained during her TV interview.
“I take my responsibility quite seriously being in the public eye and with young women looking up to me, and I thought this is a perfect opportunity to create a mental health hub where people can hear like-minded stories and find support networks like Lifeline and Beyond Blue.”
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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