MAFS star Natasha Spencer issues a VERY dire warning for future contestants


Former Married At First Sight star Natasha Spencer has issued a very dire warning for future contestants of the show, as she reveals she still battles anxiety.

The 28-year-old, who was taken to hospital last year amid concerns she would self-harm, told The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential on Sunday that Channel Nine needs to take complaints ‘seriously’ and make mental health a bigger priority.

Married At First Sight is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a high volume of viewer complaints amid claims of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict during this year’s season. 

The reality of reality TV: Former Married At First Sight bride Natasha Spencer (pictured) has issued a VERY dire warning for future stars of the show – as she reveals she’s still battling anxiety and is undergoing therapy for ‘probably the rest’ of her life

‘MAFS showed me everything that I didn’t want in life,’ Natasha told the paper. 

The influencer has been on the receiving end of vile trolling from social media users since debuting on last year’s season, resulting in an ongoing battle with anxiety.

After being rushed to hospital last year amid self-harm concerns, Natasha cut out alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety.  

‘I still have episodes of anxiety but I’m doing pretty damn good. I’m working with a psychologist and I probably will for the rest of my life,’ the star, who is now three months sober, told Confidential. 

Ongoing battle: The influencer (pictured on last year's season) has been on the receiving end of vile trolling, resulting in an ongoing battle with anxiety. After being rushed to hospital last year amid self-harm concerns, Natasha cut out alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety

Ongoing battle: The influencer (pictured on last year’s season) has been on the receiving end of vile trolling, resulting in an ongoing battle with anxiety. After being rushed to hospital last year amid self-harm concerns, Natasha cut out alcohol and sees a psychologist for her anxiety 

Making herself a priority: 'I still have episodes of anxiety but I'm doing pretty damn good. I'm working with a psychologist and I probably will for the rest of my life,' the star, who is now three months sober, told The Daily Telegraph's Confidential on Sunday

Making herself a priority: ‘I still have episodes of anxiety but I’m doing pretty damn good. I’m working with a psychologist and I probably will for the rest of my life,’ the star, who is now three months sober, told The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential on Sunday 

Natasha is not the only former MAFS star to reveal the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on a primetime dating show.

Bryce Ruthven, who starred on this year’s season, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show has destroyed his career as a radio personality.    

Speaking to the Herald Sun this month, Bryce said that he’s glad MAFS is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and that he’s even considering exploring legal options against Endemol Shine.

‘For me it has basically ruined my career in radio,’ the 32-year-old said.

Damage: Natasha is not the only one to reveal the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on the show. Bryce Ruthven (pictured), who starred on this year's season, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show has destroyed his career as a radio personality

Damage: Natasha is not the only one to reveal the potentially negative side that comes from appearing on the show. Bryce Ruthven (pictured), who starred on this year’s season, has claimed that his portrayal on the reality show has destroyed his career as a radio personality 

‘It basically damaged my potential earnings. If it takes much longer to find a job it (exploring his legal options) would be something you have to seriously consider especially with twins on the way.’

He also said that legal firms have reached out to him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them.

Bryce exited his gig as an announcer on Hit 104.7 afternoon show in Canberra back in February once Married At First Sight started airing. 

Southern Cross Austereo – who own Hit 104.7 – confirmed to Radio Today that he’d resigned from the show, but no reason was given for his departure. 

'For me it has basically ruined my career in radio': Bryce also said that legal firms have reached out to him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them

‘For me it has basically ruined my career in radio’: Bryce also said that legal firms have reached out to him and partner Melissa Rawson with the interest of representing them

Bryce recently slammed producers of the show for their ‘manipulated’ portrayal of him on the series.

He also gloated about his happy ending with fiancée Melissa, who is currently pregnant with twins.

‘Reality TV: Manipulated storyline,’ he wrote, then added: ‘Reality: Engaged + pregnant.’

He then tagged the show’s producers, including executive producer Tara McWilliams, and wrote: ‘Apologies the narrative didn’t work out the way you wanted.’

Hitting back: Bryce, 32, recently slammed producers of the show for their 'manipulated' portrayal of him on the series

Hitting back: Bryce, 32, recently slammed producers of the show for their ‘manipulated’ portrayal of him on the series

According to a previous report by The Daily Telegraph, ACMA received 67 complaints from viewers amid claims of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict during this year’s season. 

‘The ACMA has commenced an investigation into episodes of the 2021 season of Married At First Sight,’ an ACMA spokesperson told the publication. 

‘A significant proportion of the complaints alleged the program included personally abusive interchanges between participants through gaslighting, social, verbal and mental abuse, and that the program perpetuated and promoted the theme of domestic and emotional conflict.’

Under investigation: Married At First Sight is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a high volume of complaints. Pictured with Melissa Rawson

Under investigation: Married At First Sight is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) after receiving a high volume of complaints. Pictured with Melissa Rawson 

Channel Nine – the network behind MAFS – sent out an apology letter back in April after a Change.org petition garnered over 15,000 signatures.

The petition claimed that Endemol Shine, the production company behind MAFS had failed in their duty of care to the show’s participants, with viewers describing some scenes as ‘distressing’. 

‘Nine takes seriously the concerns raised by its viewers and makes every effort to ensure that the material it presents is consistent with community standards and complies with Nine’s regulatory obligations,’ the network said in a letter. 

For confidential mental health support in Australia, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. 

In the UK, please contact Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected]  

Problematic: According to previous report by The Daily Telegraph, the media watchdog received 67 complaints from viewers amid claims of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict during this year's season

Problematic: According to previous report by The Daily Telegraph, the media watchdog received 67 complaints from viewers amid claims of mental abuse, gaslighting and domestic conflict during this year’s season



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