MAFS' Olivia makes worrying admission: 'Really depressed'
MAFS star Olivia Frazer has made a worrying admission during an interview, where she spoke about her mental health during her time on the show.
Speaking on the Where's Your Head At? podcast, hosted by former Love Island stars Anna McEvoy and Matt Zukowski, Olivia said she was "really, really depressed" on the show.
"I’ve never had depression like this," Olivia says in the episode, which is released on Wednesday. "I’ve honestly never been this close to – sorry to get a bit graphic – really thinking about taking my own life and things like that."
Olivia also described her TV 'husband' Jackson Lonie, who was also on the podcast, as her "anchor" helping her get through the tough times.
"To have Jack be my absolute anchor [through this], I think it speaks to the relationship and the man he is," she said, adding she began feeling happier and more herself last week.
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When asked if she felt like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders for a while, Olivia said, "I definitely did, and now it's a bit like 'smile and wave'."
"People need to realise it's a show and it's edited," Jackson said. "Everything is taken out of context. Liv did say a few s***ty things, which is fine, but if you saw the actual full context of when she said it and how she said it, it'd be exactly like how you see Dom smash a glass and everybody thinks that's OK."
"I never said anything that wasn’t warranted, and I had a lot of support from the majority of the group for a good reason," Olivia said. "People aren’t stupid. Our castmates … Most of them are intelligent, compassionate people and they had my back for good reason."
She added that "everybody" thought Domenica would be portrayed as the villain of the show, "We thought that’s what she was there to do."
Elsewhere in the show, Olivia spoke about how she lost her job as a result of her actions on the show, revealing she was actually forced to resign.
"So it was a situation where it was, 'We need you to resign or other things are gonna have to happen here,'" she revealed.
"[But] they loved me. They did everything they could to keep me. Unfortunately, where I was working, I won’t get into it too much, but it’s a place that’s got its own troubles in the press so it doesn’t need the pile on that is Olivia Frazer."
She added, "Working for them was my lifelong dream and I hope I’ll be able to get back there one day."
Last week Olivia shared she's currently on the job hunt and willing to work anywhere, saying, "I think the backlash [from the show] has died down, but having Instagram back I’m seeing [negative] comments and stuff... but I feel my skin is getting thicker. I’ve had a few job interviews, that haven’t gone the best – but that’s okay.
"I’ll work anywhere that will give me a job. Kmart, hit me up!"
She continued, "Every interview I’ve done has been fair, and I’ve had the interview based on my resume and merits, and I think I should have a job based on my skills and accomplishments. I would love to still be a teacher and that’s my ultimate goal... I just don’t know how to go into a classroom right now.
"I’m definitely putting off my final placements for a while. I don’t know if any schools would take me this year... I won’t be putting myself out there to do that."
Listen to the full episode of Where's Your Head At? on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.
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