MAFS' Martha reveals panicked Celebrity Apprentice calls to Michael

Martha Kalifatidis wearing a white shirt on Celebrity Apprentice
Martha Kalifatidis has opened up on her pre-boardroom nerves on Celebrity Apprentice. Photo: Channel Nine.

There's no doubt that boardrooms can be very intimidating places, particularly when they're presided over by the steely gaze of one Lord Alan Sugar.

And in an exclusive chat with Yahoo Lifestyle, Celebrity Apprentice star Martha Kalifatidis has revealed just how nervous she felt before walking into that infamous room each episode to discover her fate.

'So scared, so stressed'

Martha, a former Married At First Sight bride, says she used to get 'so scared and stressed' she made panicked calls to her boyfriend, Michael Brunelli from the set in the early days of filming.

From his perspective on the other end of the phone line, Martha sounded like she was in a hostage situation rather than shooting a reality TV show.

"Okay, funny story," she says. "After the first few boardrooms, Michael was like [...] 'When you'd be on the phone to me before going in, it sounded like you were literally kidnapped and held hostage.

"'You were so scared, so stressed, you actually couldn't put a sentence together'," she adds.


Martha Kalifatidis and partner Michael Brunelli pose for a selfie together in their bedroom
Martha's partner - and former MAFS 'husband' - Michael Brunelli was 'so supportive' during her latest reality TV stint. Photo: Instagram/marthaa__k.

Martha reveals just how much she leaned on her beau of two years — she met Michael on MAFS in 2019 —throughout her gruelling stint on Celebrity Apprentice.

"Michael was so supportive," she says. "I would always be calling him, and being like, 'Help me, I'm stressed, what do you think I should do?'"

"I would come home after filming like, dead, exhausted and he would always be happy to hear me out. I can't say one bad thing about him."

While she didn't win her season — Shayna Blaze took out the top spot — all those long hours and stressful moments did pay off for Martha, who ended up raising $40,000 for her charity, Bully Zero.

"I had an amazing experience. I learned so much, I feel like I've grown so much and everyone [on the show] was amazing," she says.

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