Married At First Sight star Alyssa Barmonde lost her job after the show
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Married At First Sight Australia star Alyssa Barmonde said she lost her job after appearing on the show.
The single mum said that, two weeks after the season finale aired, she was made redundant from a company she'd worked for for seven years.
Although Alyssa claims that the timing was a 'coincidence', she really believes that it was because of how she was portrayed on MAFS.
Alyssa, a single mum from Utah, worked as an executive assistant before appearing on the hit Aussie reality series.
Although things started off strong for her on the show, describing her new husband Duncan James as her 'Prince Charming', the fairytale quickly fell apart, and she got what she believes was a villain edit.
The bride came across pretty negatively as the show progressed, with crew seemingly focusing in on her more emotional outbursts and arguments with Duncan, and repeatedly using 'I have a child' as an excuse for her behaviour.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Alyssa said: "It was really dark for a couple of months,' adding that she had to stop watching the show after the first few episodes 'because I could see what the edit was.'
As a result of her appearance on the show, Alyssa says that she has been met with horrific abuse from strangers online.
“It’s unreal. Some of the messages people send to me on my personal phone number and business accounts," she shared.
"You can chat your opinion of me in this highly edited show in person and on social media, but if you find my number, and write up the most vile message I’ve ever seen and hit send, that’s intent to hurt. It’s not on."
Just to reiterate Alyssa's point, if you're going out of your way to find the personal phone number of someone you've never met before to tell them you hated them on a TV show you watch, kindly seek help.
Alyssa shared that she's now seeing a therapist up to three times a week to help overcome the harassment she's dealing with online.
The reality star also claimed that she'd asked the publicity team at Channel Nine if they could give her access to her Instagram account so she could set the record straight for viewers, but they allegedly wouldn't let her log-in until after the season finished in the UK.
She said: "They're protecting the show and the narrative they've created, rather than letting me have my own voice."
Tyla has contacted Channel Nine for comment.
At the end of the season, during the final vows, Duncan announced that he wanted to end things with Alyssa.
Alyssa had said in her vows that, despite their differences, what she and Duncan had was 'easy and magic'.
But, when it was Duncan's turn, he told her: "Maybe it's our personalities, maybe it's our differing mindsets but either way the gap seems too big to bridge.
"I don't want to hurt you and I don't want to continue getting hurt, so I have to say goodbye."