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Former MAFS 'villain' Davina Rankin's advice for Ines Basic

As reports swirl that Ines Basic is ‘not coping’ with the backlash she’s receiving from her appearance on Married At First Sight, a former contestant has given her some much-needed advice.

Davina Rankin, who famously became the ‘villain’ of last year’s series of the show, after she made a pact to run off with Dean Wells, only for him to backtrack at the last hurdle, has given her two cents on the situation.

Ines’ turbulent relationship with ‘husband’ Bronson Norris and her ‘affair’ with Sam Ball, have made the Queenslander a major topic of discussion for many viewers.

Former Married At First Sight star Davina Rankin has given her advice to Ines Basic. Photo: Channel Nine
Former Married At First Sight star Davina Rankin has given her advice to Ines Basic. Photo: Channel Nine

“It’s fantastic that there is a Davina this year, it takes the heat off me,” Davina jokingly told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Staying quiet was the best thing I could do. I tried my hardest to stay away from social media too. If you can’t look at the trolls, switch them off. If it is getting to you, walk away.”

Ines and Sam took their ‘affair’ to the next level last night, when they ended up getting cosy in a hotel bedroom.

Ines, who is married to Bronson Norris on the show opened up about her ‘spiritual and mental connection’ with Sam Ball.

“Everything with Sam and I was done at such a high-paced, emotionally-charged level,” Ines told 9Honey Celebrity.

“We connected on a very different level. Like we didn’t really need to speak. We could just feel each other’s emotions.”

Ines and Sam took their relationship to the next level last night. Photo: Channel Nine
Ines and Sam took their relationship to the next level last night. Photo: Channel Nine

Despite their mutual attraction, Ines did reveal that she was expecting Sam to open up to her more and engage in a ‘deeper conversation’.

It came after it was reported yesterday that the backlash and scrutiny has reportedly gotten the better of Ines and she’s “not coping”, according to Woman’s Day.

An alleged source told the magazine that the stress has caused Ines to lose “about 12kg since filming finished”.

“Everyone’s really worried about her,” they said.

Ines’ turbulent relationship with ‘husband’ Bronson Norris and her ‘affair’ with Sam Ball, have made the Queenslander a major topic of discussion for many viewers. Photo: Channel Nine
Ines’ turbulent relationship with ‘husband’ Bronson Norris and her ‘affair’ with Sam Ball, have made the Queenslander a major topic of discussion for many viewers. Photo: Channel Nine

In response to the claims, a spokesperson for Endemol Shine Australia – the company responsible for the production of Married At First Sight – told the publication, “The health and safety of our participants is always our first priority.

“Psychological support is readily available.”

Channel Nine has already stepped in to disable comments on all posts featuring Ines on the official MAFS page in response to social media backlash against the contestant.

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