Married At First Sight has featured plenty of explosive moments this year, including a glass smash, a cheating scandal and countless dinner party spats, but fans have given the label of this season’s biggest ‘villain’ to Olivia Frazer.
The 27-year-old bride has sparked fierce backlash throughout the experiment over her ongoing feud with Domenica Calarco, which reached a boiling point when Olivia found a nude photo of Domenica online and shared it amongst the group.
As the season reaches its end, fellow MAFS participant Ella Ding spoke candidly with Yahoo Lifestyle about the public’s reaction towards Olivia and whether she believes it is warranted.
“I wouldn't wish it upon anyone to not feel safe to leave their house, and I have heard that Olivia feels that way,” she began. “People send me articles and stuff and the backlash is pretty brutal.”
The 27-year-old went on to say that viewers are probably so supportive of Dom because they have gone through similar situations in their own lives where someone has “intentionally lied” or “tried to expose or isolate” them.
“Everyone's putting themselves in Dom’s shoes, and I do understand there are people putting themselves in Liv’s shoes as well,” she shared. “I don't really know why, but there are people that are.
“I don’t understand intentional behaviour like that with no remorse or empathy. I've never met anyone like Olivia so it’s all new to me. But I wouldn't wish it upon anyone to feel the way that they do.”
‘Isn’t it exhausting being mean?’
Speaking about Olivia’s intense feud with Domenica, Ella believes that the public backlash wouldn’t be as extreme for the teaching student if she just said sorry for her wrongdoings.
“We all have a choice in who we are and the way that we handle situations and she chose to say and do and act the way that she has done and there is still no apology,” she said.
“She could have apologised when it aired, she could have apologised in interviews. There have been plenty of opportunities for her to just say, ‘You know what, I'm actually sorry’, and it would probably help her and make her look like the bigger person.”
However, Ella doesn’t think the window of opportunity to offer an apology will last much longer after the show ends next week.
“The time is passing by, and once that opportunity passes, you can't really apologise a year later,” she added. “It’s hard. I don’t know who’s in her ear, but if I was one of her mates, I'd be saying, ‘Babe just say sorry. Isn’t it exhausting being mean?’.”
‘I don't have friends like that’
While her on-screen ‘marriage' with Mitchell Eynaud became quite difficult in the final few weeks of the experiment, Ella says that she found the constant drama between the brides to be the most “exhausting” part of the entire experience.
"I don't associate myself with women like Tamara or Carolina or Olivia in the real world, I just don’t,” she admitted.
“I don't have friends like that and I don't like negative energy and I don't like people pissing me off because I do have fire too. Don’t get me wrong, I do, but I really pick and choose if it’s going to be worth me yelling and screaming and throwing a hissy fit.
“The girls’ beef in the experiment was just next level and I hope that I never have to go through anything like that ever again in my entire life.”
Married At First Sight airs at 7pm on Sunday and 7:30pm on Monday to Wednesday on Channel Nine and 9Now.
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