MAFS star Davina breaks down on I'm A Celebrity: 'Didn't leave home'

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Former Married at First Sight bride Davina Rankin broke down in tears on I'm A Celebrity, as she revealed she "didn’t leave the house for three months" while her season of the controversial dating show aired.

Davina was paired with Ryan Gallagher in 2018 - on the fifth season of the Channel 9 show - before becoming the 'villain' famous for her TV affair with a different MAFS groom, Dean Wells.

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Davina got emotional on I'm A Celebrity about her 'villain' portrayal on MAFS. Photo: Channel 10

“When it all came out and MAFS was airing, I didn’t leave the house for three months,” Davina told campmate Beau Ryan.

“My parents were so devastated for me. It was just rough," she added through tears. "I had all my friends and family at the wedding too."

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Since her time on the show, the 29-year-old has welcomed a daughter, Mila-Mae, two, and gotten engaged to fiancé Jaxon Manuel.

In her chat with former NRL player turned TV host Beau, Davina also called out her then 'husband' Ryan's role in her negative portrayal on MAFS.

“He was sleeping on the couch the whole time – we did hook up purely at the beginning to see if there was anything, and then we did and we were like, ‘OK that was f***ed. Let’s never do that again,’” Rankin said.

“It was so annoying for me … whenever he had his interviews he’d talk about me as if he adored me, and I was speaking too much, I was being too open and honest. But then I was the villain.”

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Davina starred on the 2018 season of Married at First Sight. Photo: Channel 9

It comes after Ryan actually took a dig at his former TV bride Davina Rankin after she entered the I’m A Celebrity jungle.

Ryan took to his Instagram Story to share his thoughts on Davina’s comeback, four years on from the memorable TV scandal.

“Yes, I am very aware that my ‘ex-wife’ is on a TV show, I’m quite aware of it,” he said while lying shirtless in bed.

“Nope, I don’t wish her any bad at all, I wish her the best. It’s a shame it wasn’t filmed in South Africa where cheetahs are native.”

Davina Rankin officially joined I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on Wednesday night last week and fans were divided with many loving her TV return and others... not so much!

Many shared their thoughts on Twitter as the reality star was revealed as the latest person to enter the jungle.

"Is this the Davina redemption story?" one Twitter user questioned.

"Look... I know everyone dislikes Davina but honestly? You gotta admit she’s kinda iconic," another wrote. 

"I hope Davina is the first one voted out," a third savagely added.

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