My Kitchen Rules' contestant Chloe James is disgusted by the public feedback she has received this week after she had to leave a challenge on the hit Seven show to return to Perth to look after her seriously sick mum.
James and her MKR partner Kelly Ramsay - dubbed the show's "villains" - were given permission by producers to rush back to WA.
But after the episode aired this week, James told AAA Weekend she was sickened by some of the "nasty" comments she had received about herself and her mum via social media.
And she has been forced to shut down her children's food business, Clean Kids, because of the vile feedback.
"We have been so shocked," James said.
"The most hurtful (comments) were about Mum when we had to take the episode off. It was pretty horrible and I just think 'Why do people need to be so nasty?'"
"Kelly and I are outspoken but we have never said anything nasty and we get this nasty behaviour from people and it is not something we want to respond to. We are not nasty people.
"People have a preconceived notion about Kelly and I. It is hard to understand. It is definitely not something we were ready for."
James said the majority of the negativity was online and, while they tried to avoid social media, they couldn't escape trolls sending nasty emails to her business.
"I have had to close down (my business) because of some nasty things coming through there," she said.
Despite some of the public's reaction to the girls being given permission to take an absence from the series, James said the other contestants were nothing but supportive.
"They could realise something was up with me because I was withdrawn and wasn't socialising as much as I normally would outside the shooting times," she said.
"(The producers) were incredible. I was shocked that they were able to (let us go and come back). It was a stressful time in my life and I was ready to pack my bags and go home."
In better news, James said she was "hanging out" for her June nuptials in New York and was hopeful her mum would be attending because she was doing better.
Despite the extreme public opinion, the controversial WA pair has made it through to the top five of this year's series and are in the running to walk away with the $250,000 prize.
The exposure on the series has already seen Ramsay land her "dream job" working in the kitchen of CBD hotspot The Trustee, with James wanting the pair to open their own cafe after her wedding at the iconic Plaza Hotel.
"Kelly has landed her dream job and I have a wedding to focus on but once we get back
from New York it will be full steam ahead," she said.
"I am not interested in working in the kitchen. I think my main skills are business and setting up business ideas. Kelly and I want to open a cafe, and I want to put all my energy getting that structure set up properly."