It’s obvious when you talk to Clare Verrall that she is a very specific type of person. She doesn’t suffer fools and she’s surprisingly resilient for someone who has been taken through the wringer on national television. Subtlety and softly spoken ain’t her thing while honest and bold candour is.
And now that the cameras are down and the embargo on honesty is stripped bare, (well, Channel 9 contracts not-withstanding), it would be easy to see a new kind of Clare, a more resentful one.
But for someone who has been in hospital all day dealing with pain maintenance, just one night after the finale of a show that arguably tried to suck every emotion out of her, she is surprisingly okay.
Tonight it all wraps up! Anyway, this shot was taken on our honeymoon in Darwin pre ‘canoe gate’. Jono had actually been damn brave & faced his valid crocodile fear. On this day we also fed baby crocs, and even went in the ‘box of death’ where you are lowered in a plastic box into the water with ‘chopper’ a 700kg Salt Water crocodile!!! I got chicken blood all through my hair which as a vegetarian was pretty gross, but Jono thought it was hilarious. And for an amazing experience like that, even I agreed it was totally worth a chicken blood hair mask. ••• In other news, may I make a great TV show recommendation now #MAFS is leaving your screens for a while. An AWESOME show called ‘UnReal’ runs on SBS in aus I think ???? #Marriedatfirstsight #marriedatfirstsightAu #TVRecommendations #unreal
“I don’t regret going on the show, no,” she told Mamamia.”You learn something from every thing you do”.
Sure, there wasn’t the kind of happy ending the white dress at the beginning hinted towards. In fact, it was quite an unhappy ending, if you consider the pairing of someone with existing PTSD with someone with notable anger issues.
But she doesn’t dwell. Hey, she wished it worked out with her ‘husband’ Jono Pitman but there was more to learn.
“It made it clear that I would rather be single and happy than in a miserable relationship. I did absolutely have a fear of being single, but I’ve learnt being single is awesome,” she said.
From my end of the conversation, things sound a little rosy. Granted, she put herself there. But to have every element of your life taken from you and broadcast to the country would no doubt mess with your head a little.
“Look, it probably wasn’t appropriate for me to be on the show at all. And to be matched with someone with anger issues is another thing,” she admitted.