MAFS star: 'They broke me'
Drew Brauer from this year's season of Married At First Sight is the latest contestant to come out swinging against producers.
The 31-year-old star of the Channel 9 show, who was paired with dancer KC Osborne, described his experience as "the worst time" and claimed on-set psychology sessions were not kept private.
He said while there was counselling on offer for contestants, "things that you talked about with the psychologists were known by producers."
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The Cairns musician split from Sydney-based Osborne just weeks after deciding to stay together during their final vows. Osborne, 31, has moved on with fellow contestant Michael Goonan, 28.
Speaking on the Sex Love Magic podcast with Jana Hocking this week, Brauer detailed his experience on the show.
"I had the worst time with my producer, we just butted heads the whole time," he revealed.
"I've never met anybody that I didn't get along with, and they were just trying to push me to do things that weren't me.
"I'm so anti-drama, I'm so chilled. They were just trying to make you the exact opposite."
He went on to explain that producers would try to manipulate him by warning that viewers would find him "smug" for laughing in certain situations.
"Something would happen and I'd be laughing about it and they'd be like 'You're gonna be so smug everyone's gonna hate you' and I was like … this is what I'm like."
When asked if there was counselling on offer for those struggling throughout the controversial social experiment, he said there was "but it just didn't feel right."
"They did have a psychologist on there this year for the first time, but it just didn't feel right.
"Things that you talked about with the psychologists were known by producers, it was very distasteful."
He said while he went into the reality show feeling "mentally strong", he very quickly "broke".
"They broke me in the first week - I cried on camera, they didn't show this, but that's coming from someone who's good with their mental health.
"I struggled so hard," he added, going on to say he suspected producers wanted to cast people who had "insecurities and mental health issues" to make the show more interesting.
"Their targets are people who have insecurities and mental health issues and they just get them on there and magnify it," he alleged.
News.com.au has contacted Channel 9 for comment.
Originally published as MAFS star: 'They broke me'