MAFS star Domenica quits Instagram and enters mental health retreat

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Married At First Sight Australia star Domenica Calarco has deactivated her Instagram and TikTok accounts after opening up about her mental health battle.

The reality TV star released a statement on her Instagram Story on Sunday (May 19) detailing her recent struggles and revealing her plans to take time out.

In the emotional post, Domenica explained how she decided to enter a mental health retreat.

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"Over the last month, I have been struggling with some deep issues that have left me emotionally, physically and psychologically drained," she began. "Everyday, I am trying to be the strong, independent and bubbly person that you all know me to be, but the reality is that I am not okay and the recent social media discourse has forced me to realise that I am at the end of my tether.

"As someone who has dealt with mental illness for 15 years, I have come to the realisation that I need to put my health, both physically and mentally, as the number one priority and have decided to enter a mental health retreat."

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This comes after Domenica and her MAFS co-star Ella Ding were recently swept up in controversy.

The duo received criticism from fans after interviewing MAFS season 11 groom Jack Dunkley on their podcast, Sit With Us.

Jack was a highly controversial character during his time on the reality show, with the panel of relationship experts repeatedly calling him out for his behaviour.

In one episode, he sparked outrage by telling co-star Jonathan McCullough to "muzzle" his wife, Lauren Dunn, during a dinner party.

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Following the backlash, Domenica and Ella issued an apology to their podcast listeners.

"I now understand that by having Jack on the podcast people are upset because it potentially had shown that we weren’t supportive of women because we platformed him and that was never what we wanted to be putting across," Domencia explained. "For making people feel uncomfortable and for triggering them in that situation by having Jack on, I apologise.

"We never wanted to offend or hurt people by having him on the podcast."

Married at First Sight UK airs on E4 in the UK. Married at First Sight Australia airs on Nine Network in Australia and E4 in the UK.

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include the NHS, Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393. Readers in the US are encouraged to visit

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