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MAFS: Alyssa Barmonde ‘to flee Australia’ after losing her job over villain edit

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EXCLUSIVE: Married At First Sight star Alyssa Barmonde ‘flees Australia’ after losing her job over villain edit: ‘She just wants to move on’

Married At First Sight star Alyssa Barmonde plans to fly overseas after ‘coincidentally’ losing her job amid the fallout of her ‘villain edit’.

The 35-year-old single mother, from Utah, is set to go on holiday ‘to spend time with her family, reset and think about her next steps’ after she was made redundant.

A friend told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday: ‘Alyssa is planning a holiday. She has been unhappy since the show went to air and just needs to wind down.

‘She really just wants to move on and forget that she was ever on the show. It has been completely unfair. What we saw on television was not her.’ 

This dramatic turn of events comes after Alyssa was sacked from her job as an executive assistant for a Sydney company – a position she had held for seven years.

Married At First Sight star Alyssa Barmonde (pictured during filming of MAFS) plans to fly overseas after 'coincidentally' losing her job amid the fallout of her 'villain edit'

Married At First Sight star Alyssa Barmonde (pictured during filming of MAFS) plans to fly overseas after ‘coincidentally’ losing her job amid the fallout of her ‘villain edit’ 

The 35-year-old single mother, from Utah, is set to go on holiday 'to spend time with her family, reset and think about her next steps' after she was made redundant

The 35-year-old single mother, from Utah, is set to go on holiday ‘to spend time with her family, reset and think about her next steps’ after she was made redundant 

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Monday, Alyssa pointed out the ‘coincidence’ of being made redundant just two weeks after the MAFS finale aired.

During the second half of the season, she was portrayed negatively, with edited scenes focusing on her emotional outbursts, mistreatment of husband Duncan James, and constantly using ‘I have a child’ as an excuse for her poor behaviour.

The ex-Mormon, however, insists this portrayal was one-sided and unfair, arguing that many of her clashes with Duncan, from whom she split at the final vows, lacked proper context on screen.

American-born Alyssa, who lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches, noted the 'coincidence' of being made redundant just two weeks after the finale aired

American-born Alyssa, who lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, noted the ‘coincidence’ of being made redundant just two weeks after the finale aired

She confessed she went through a ‘really dark… couple of months’ while the show was airing and had to stop watching after the couples’ retreat because ‘I could see what the edit was’.

Alyssa revealed she was harassed by viewers who tracked down her mobile number and business accounts, receiving ‘the most vile messages’.

She asked Channel Nine’s publicity department to give her access to her Instagram account so she could challenge the narrative of the show’s edit, but they denied the request until the season has finished airing in the UK.

Alyssa, an ex-Mormon, insists her portrayal was one-sided and unfair, adding that many of her clashes with husband Duncan James (left) lacked proper context on screen

Alyssa, an ex-Mormon, insists her portrayal was one-sided and unfair, adding that many of her clashes with husband Duncan James (left) lacked proper context on screen

Highly edited scenes focused on her emotional outbursts, mistreatment of husband Duncan, and constantly using 'I have a child' as an excuse for her poor behaviour

Highly edited scenes focused on her emotional outbursts, mistreatment of husband Duncan, and constantly using ‘I have a child’ as an excuse for her poor behaviour 

‘They’re protecting the show and the narrative they’ve created, rather than letting me have my own voice,’ she claimed.

Alyssa feels hurt and betrayed by producers after watching the series and seeing all the problems in her relationship with Duncan blamed on her single parent status.

She is being supported by her therapist, whom she has been seeing for twenty years, during sessions three times per week, and has ‘upped’ the dosage of her anxiety medication.

A new season of Married At First Sight is currently in pre-production.

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Alyssa is being supported by her therapist, whom she has been seeing for twenty years, during sessions three times per week, and has 'upped' the dosage of her anxiety medication

Alyssa is being supported by her therapist, whom she has been seeing for twenty years, during sessions three times per week, and has ‘upped’ the dosage of her anxiety medication



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