WHO: Your mum and best friend had a very strong reaction to your engagement news? How did it make you feel?
IZZY: Mum and Amanda’s reaction to the news was definitely negative but not unexpected. Mum hasn’t liked Simon from the beginning and Amanda was there for me when Simon and I broke up, so she feels pretty strongly about him too.
It makes me feel super conflicted because both mum and Amanda have only ever wanted the best for me, everything they do comes from a place of love. Neither of them have ever steered me wrong and have always been my biggest cheerleaders, so for them to be forcing a wedge between me and their person I love is really hard to reconcile.
WHO: Is your relationship with Simon worth the fighting with your mum and friend?
IZZY: Of course, I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t. Simon and I have fought through plenty of adversity already, and always come through it holding one another’s hands and laughing. Spinoza wrote ‘ All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare‘ and I really think that applies to our love story, it’s worth fighting for.
WHO: Did you ever feel uncomfortable having this talks with your family on camera?
IZZY: Family disagreements are uncomfortable enough behind closed doors but little else will make you feel as vulnerable as airing your family’s dirty laundry to a room full of producers and a camera crew, knowing it’s going to be broadcast nationally.
WHO: Whose idea was it to apply for the show?
IZZY: It was mine, I sent the brief to Simon as a joke, from my bedroom in México City. We didn’t even submit our application until the last day they were taking submissions!
Bride and Prejudice airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm on Seven