Clare Verrall was in her early thirties when in 2015, while walking her dog, she was randomly attacked on the street by a man. She was left with a black eye and a broken nose, and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The way she describes it, there was a lot in her life that led to PTSD. “I had a bottle,” she says, “and every traumatic event was a drop in the bottle.”
“Some are little drops, some are much larger. Then eventually your bottle overflows. The attack was a big drop that caused the bottle to overflow.”
In early 2016, she appeared on the second season of Married at First Sight, and was paired with Jono Pitman, who she described as a “hot head”. Two weeks into the reality TV ‘experiment’, Verrall broke up with Pitman, and in the wake of the show airing, she said his tendency to “blow up” re-triggered her PTSD.
Speaking to Kyle and Jackie O in September 2016, Verrall said she was “recovering from PTSD and… was very open with [the producers] about that”.
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“So they then matched me with someone who has… anger problems. So they thought that would make great TV.”
On Thursday, Daily Mail published photos of Verrall from a fundraising event in October last year, and reached out to her to ask her about her ‘weight gain’.
Verrall shared with Daily Mail that she “went from 70kg to 114kg,” and has “been avoiding going out or attending any events for the past year as I am very embarrassed by how out of control my weight has become”.
“I have turned down events, would hide behind my friends in any photos, and avoided posting photos of myself on Instagram unless they were throwback photos”.