Married at First Sight Australia star Jessika Power has opened up about her “pretty scary” addiction.
In season 6 of the of the reality show, which was filmed in 2018 but is only just airing in the UK on E4, Jessika made a name for herself by having an affair with Dan, despite the pair of them both being married to other people. Things didn’t work out for them, however, as he later broke up with her live on air.
Now, in an interview with Metro.co.uk, Jessika has opened up about the split, the subsequent abuse she received online, and how it led to tranquiliser addiction.
“I was already copping hate from the Australian public. I was copping hate from his family, his friends. And then I also had to deal with a breakup, the hurt of a breakup,” she said.
“Then when we broke up, I was also getting double hate [from people] saying, ‘Sucked in you bitch, you f**king deserve it.’ Then the second that we broke up, all these girls came out of the woodwork with, ‘Dan did this when you were together, Dan did that’.
“I was at a really low point, I actually got a really bad Xanax addiction. I was drinking a bottle or two of white wine a day on Xanax. It was really bad.”
She continued: “I’ve been through a lot in my life, a lot of bad things. Honestly that was the hardest time I’ve ever been through, and the one time I couldn’t bring myself out of it. It was pretty scary.
“People don’t understand that we’re people, we’re normal people that have emotions and feelings. We’re not just puppets for everybody’s entertainment after a show ends. These things do hurt the average person. Also at the time I was only 27, I was still really young.”
Married at First Sight Australia is airing on E4 in the UK, and is also available on All 4.
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