Undoubtedly one of the biggest names to come out of this year’s season of Married At First Sight, Ines Basic received nationwide criticism for her sordid affair with co-star Sam Ball – while they were ‘married’ to other people. Opening up to WHO, the reality star shares the toll the experience had on her.
“When I watched the edit, I was honestly mentally traumatised from what I saw,” Ines tells WHO. “I couldn’t believe it. It was literally sickening. None of my scenes were the truth [about] anything that actually happened.”
Now, Ines reveals how bad things got as she struggled to cope with the events portrayed on-air.
“I was prescribed Valium after the main filming and was in therapy. I was struggling with the whole Sam thing and how foul I was treated during filming,” she says. “My producer worked me until I didn’t know who I was anymore, [and] I almost got assaulted on set on multiple occasions.”
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An Endemol Shine spokesperson said, “The participants’ wellbeing and safety is always our first priority and at no time during filming did anyone express concern for their safety. Participants are provided with psychological support throughout filming and the offer of support remains throughout broadcast and beyond.”
Ines also sets the record straight, saying she and Sam hatched a ‘plan’ to continue their relationship off-air, unbeknownst to the producers.
“Sam told me to get on that couch at the last commitment ceremony and he would say he couldn’t promise me a future – so it looked like a valid reason to leave,” Ines says. “He told me to do all this because he wanted to make it work out in real life on our terms and we’d move in together.”
Sam, however, tells WHO, “I don’t believe there is any truth to [these claims].”
Ines also says she didn’t hear from Sam after getting a new phone when filming wrapped.
“I saw him four weeks after main filming when we were booked for a shoot together [but] we didn’t talk much. Then I saw him one last time months later at the reunion dinner party.”
During this time, “I was on heavy medication,” Ines says, insisting she “can’t remember” being at the reunion because of the prescription drugs.
“I was over-medicating, if anything – it’s how I knew I had to stop using Valium and really heal,” she tells WHO. “It’s approaching two-and-a-half months since I’ve been off medication and I won’t be going back that way again. I was honestly so scared I would die if I lost another kilo. I’m almost back at the same weight I was prior to going on the show – but it was scary.”
You can read the rest of Ines' shocking confessions in this week's issue of WHO magazine.