The 29-year-old, who was paired with Jackson Lonie in the experiment, copped enormous backlash during her time on the Channel Nine series and ended up losing her teaching job as a result of it.
Since then, Olivia has made a career on OnlyFans, earned a whopping $500,000 in her first fourth months on the adult subscription-based platform, and recently appeared on the cover of MAXIM Australia.
“Honestly, where I am right now, I never saw it coming,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “This time last year Jackson and I had just moved in together and I was like, end of this year we’ll be talking marriage and babies and stuff like that and I'll be a little homemaker. I should be finishing my teaching degree right about now.
“Now I’m on OnlyFans, I’m single, I’m on the cover of Maxim - it’s the complete opposite. I think it’s the path that I was meant to be on and I’m where I’m meant to be. Every day I wake up and I'm just so happy with my life.”
Reflecting on what her life would be like if she never went on reality TV in the first place, Olivia admits she would be on an extremely different path.
“If I didn’t go on MAFS I’d probably be married to my ex, probably pregnant, probably finished my teaching degree, hopefully on offer with a school somewhere,” she says.
“I think that I probably would have been pretty happy in that life, but I think there would have been a little element of like, what could have been. I feel like I really wanted this adventure and I’m really glad I’m here.”
'I'm choosing to do better'
Speaking about her mental health a year after appearing on the show, Olivia says she is feeling “so good right now”.
“I still feel like there's a little bit of fine-tuning to do with my mental health, but it's the best it's been since I want to say even before MAFS started filming,” she remarks. “I'm just excited to wake up every day, which I haven’t felt for two years.
“Obviously the filming process was hard and then what we went through during filming was awful. And then Jackson and I, it was the wrong relationship. So being in a relationship that's not working as well as all this other stuff just really took a toll.
“So I think getting out of all of it, I made a very conscious choice a few months ago to just stop talking about all the drama and all the bad stuff... Unless I’m asked a direct question, I just don’t interact with it or take the bait or anything like that, and it's just serving me really well.
“I think choosing to do that and sticking to it and just letting time sort of heal all wounds... I’m choosing to do better.”
Olivia went on to say that she would love to distance herself from MAFS “as much as possible” this year, and already has plenty of ideas of where she wants her career to go.
“I don't know what opportunities are in store for me, but I do want to do a podcast because I think I've got some good stories,” she shares. “And there are a lot of dimensions to me that people have no idea about. I’ve saved things where I'm like, I will never speak about this publicly unless it's for a platform where I can explain myself and it's self-produced.
“There's just so much explaining I still have to do about myself, so I think a podcast is what I really want to do. But I don't think that's going to be given to me so I'll have to work out how to do it myself.”
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