Alyssa Barmonde has defended fellow Married At First Sight star Olivia Frazer after she spoke about the ongoing trolling and abuse she’s endured since the show.
Speaking on the Back to Reality podcast this week, Olivia, 29, recounted a story where ‘a car full of women’ pulled up outside her house and began verbally abusing her.
‘I was home alone in mine and Jackson’s [Lonie] shabby little house, and a car full of women pulled up out front, hurling insults like, ‘Olivia, you’re a c***’ and ‘die, pig,” she said.
Olivia, who was branded a MAFS ‘villain’ after she exposed co-star Domenica Calarco as an OnlyFans model on the show, said she was horrified by the verbal attack.
However, Olivia failed to garner sympathy from several social media trolls, as some accused her of ‘bringing the hate upon herself.’
Alyssa Barmonde, 35, (left) has defended fellow Married At First Sight star Olivia Frazer, 29, (right) after she spoke about the ongoing trolling and abuse she’s endured since the show
Alyssa, who has been trolled online over her edit on this year’s season of MAFS, took it upon herself to defend Olivia in a now-deleted TikTok video.
‘I love everyone in the comment section thinking they know how reality TV producing and editing works,’ she said.
‘Until you live through it, you have no idea how much they can twist and manipulate reality to fit a storyline. Reality TV is not reality. She is not blaming it on the edit. She is trying to explain how things can be misconstrued.’
Alyssa implored people to respect Olivia, even if they didn’t like her.
‘Keep scrolling if you don’t agree or don’t like it. Don’t hide behind a keyboard and throw hate at someone you think you know. Social media has become such a bully culture; it’s disgusting,’ she said.
Speaking on the Back to Reality podcast this week, Olivia recounted a story where ‘a car full of women’ pulled up outside her house and began verbally abusing her
However, some users remained unmoved, insisting that Olivia’s malicious behavior was not a result of editing.
Alyssa reiterated her support for Olivia, stating, ‘We all have regrets, and we aren’t perfect. But stalking, harassing, and death threats are not a way of showing someone you think you know from a reality TV show what you ‘think’ of them. It’s pure vile hatred. And it has got to stop.’
During the second half of the season Alyssa was portrayed negatively, with scenes focusing on her emotional outbursts, mistreatment of husband Duncan James, and constantly using ‘I have a child’ as an excuse for her poor behaviour.
Alyssa, who has also been trolled online over her edit on this year’s season of MAFS, took it upon herself to defend Olivia in a now-deleted TikTok video
The ex-Mormon, however, insists this portrayal was one-sided and unfair, arguing that many of her clashes with Duncan, from whom she split at the final vows, lacked proper context on screen.
She confessed she went through a ‘really dark… couple of months’ while the show was airing and had to stop watching after the couples’ retreat because ‘I could see what the edit was’.
Alyssa revealed she was harassed by viewers who tracked down her mobile number and business accounts, receiving ‘the most vile messages’.
She asked Channel Nine’s publicity department to give her access to her Instagram account so she could challenge the narrative of the show’s edit, but they denied the request until the season has finished airing in the UK.
Alyssa, an ex-Mormon, has insisted her portrayal on MADS was one-sided and unfair, and that many of her clashes with husband Duncan James (left) lacked proper context on screen
Scenes focused on her emotional outbursts, mistreatment of husband Duncan, and constantly using ‘I have a child’ as an excuse for her poor behaviour
‘They’re protecting the show and the narrative they’ve created, rather than letting me have my own voice,’ she claimed.
Alyssa feels hurt and betrayed by producers after watching the series and seeing all the problems in her relationship with Duncan blamed on her single parent status.
She is being supported by her therapist, whom she has been seeing for twenty years, during sessions three times per week, and has ‘upped’ the dosage of her anxiety medication.
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Alyssa is being supported by her therapist, whom she has been seeing for twenty years, during sessions three times per week, and has ‘upped’ the dosage of her anxiety medication