MAFS' Dom reveals shock diagnosis after show: 'It's real'

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Married At First Sight star Domenica Calarco has revealed the extent of her struggles following the show on the first episode of her new podcast with co-star Ella Ding.

Speaking on Sit With Us, which is already the number one podcast in Australia on Spotify, Dom revealed she had been diagnosed with PTSD after the reality TV series wrapped up.

While the pair were playing a game of headline bingo and addressing the stories in the media, Dom responded to one suggesting she and MAFS rival Olivia Frazer were offered $30,000 to battle it out in a boxing ring.

Olivia Frazer and Domenica Calarco on MAFS.
Olivia Frazer and Domenica Calarco were rivals on the show. Source: Channel Nine

"Number one, it says that we were offered $30,000. Mate, you'd be needing way more for me to even consider it and take one ounce of brainpower to think about that. But that is absolutely false," she said.

"I don't want to be in the same room as her, let alone in a boxing ring."

Dom added she "actually gets scared" when she sees a photo of Olivia, who copped backlash for sharing a nude photo of Dom among the cast members during the season.

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"It brings back PTSD of her sitting across from me," she said.

"Like legitimately for a while there after MAFS, sitting at any table that was like a dinner table or a table where I had to have a conversation, I'd legitimately freak out, cause I'd be like, 'Who's going to start s**t, who's going to say something.'"

"I fully had PTSD. Like, my therapist, like literally says I'm going through PTSD. So it's real. It's real people."

Industry insiders are tipping that the Sit With Us podcast could lead to a national radio show, following in the footsteps of The Bachelor's Abbie Chatfield, who started her It's A Lot podcast before hosting her show Hot Nights on the Hit Network.

"Ella and Dom are two of the most popular contestants to ever appear on Married At First Sight and look set to make a fortune with their new 'best friend' podcast," a source told Yahoo Lifestyle.

"They've signed with a big network who will produce it with them, and the team behind the scenes think it could rival Life Uncut with Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne, and Abbie Chatfield's It's A Lot, which have both led to national radio shows.

"Although Laura, Brittany and Abbie are all killing it, Ella and Dom currently have hundreds of thousands more followers than they do as their show aired internationally – which The Bachelor never did. This gives Ella and Dom's podcast a huge advantage from the very start."

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