The Block 2022: Sharon’s family concerned for her after racist abuse


Family ‘concerned’ for The Block star Sharon Johal after she was the victim of a targeted hate campaign following her ‘villain edit’

The Block star Sharon Johal has revealed her family was worried for her mental health after she was targeted in an online hate campaign.

The actress, 35, suffered a barrage of ‘gross’ racist abuse after her ‘villain edit’ saw her caught up in a series of scandals on the Channel Nine renovation series.

She told the Herald Sun on Monday her family and friends reached out to her on R U OK? Day because they were ‘really concerned for me’.

The Block star Sharon Johal (pictured on August 16) has revealed her family was worried for her mental health after she was targeted in an online hate campaign 

The former Neighbours star, who considers herself a ‘survivor’ of the show rather than a contestant, said: ‘The Blockheads are the most passionate and relentless audience fan base.

‘These guys go to the next level digging up dirt every day and it always ends up going to some racial undertones. 

‘A few weeks there around R U OK? Day, my family and friends were really concerned for me. 

‘It’s pretty gross and disgusting the lengths people will go to destroy you. Why go to these narratives when it’s a reality building show?’

The actress, 35, suffered a barrage of 'gross' racist abuse after her 'villain edit' saw her caught up in a series of scandals on the Channel Nine renovation series

The actress, 35, suffered a barrage of ‘gross’ racist abuse after her ‘villain edit’ saw her caught up in a series of scandals on the Channel Nine renovation series

She went on to say that despite being ‘media savvy’, she felt ‘crushed’ by the seemingly endless hate which had been hurled her way since the start of the show. 

The former lawyer and her husband Ankur Dogra were caught up in a cheating scandal early in the season, which they insist wasn’t framed accurately. 

She said everyone else on set knew they had been ‘set up’ to be the scandal of the week, ‘but unfortunately people [at home] believe what they see’. 

Sharon (right, with husband Ankur Dogra) told the Herald Sun on Monday her family and friends reached out to her on R U OK? Day because they were 'really concerned for me'

Sharon (right, with husband Ankur Dogra) told the Herald Sun on Monday her family and friends reached out to her on R U OK? Day because they were ‘really concerned for me’ 

Sharon and Ankur often found themselves wondering whether finishing The Block was worth the damage to their mental health, but decided to stay until the end because they ‘are the couple who doesn’t give up’. 

Despite breaking down diversity barriers by being the first Indian couple to appear on the show, Sharon said there were moments when she regretted ever taking part. 

The couple previously slammed their ‘villain edit’, admitting it had been ‘tough’ watching back their ‘dark’ experience.

The former Neighbours star, who considers herself a 'survivor' of the show rather than a contestant, was horrified when viewers tried to 'dig up dirt' on her professional history

The former Neighbours star, who considers herself a ‘survivor’ of the show rather than a contestant, was horrified when viewers tried to ‘dig up dirt’ on her professional history 

‘It’s been dark, but it was tough on the show and we made it through stronger than ever,’ Ankur, 45, told Daily Mail Australia during a recent interview.

‘It’s actually been a little bit cringey to watch myself at times.’

Sharon also said she found it hard to relive the drama that unfolded during filming. 

Sharon and Ankur often found themselves wondering whether finishing The Block was worth the damage to their mental health, but decided to stay until the end because they 'are the couple who doesn't give up'

Sharon and Ankur often found themselves wondering whether finishing The Block was worth the damage to their mental health, but decided to stay until the end because they ‘are the couple who doesn’t give up’ 

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