Last week, after long-running battle with cyber bullying, former Bachelorette Sam Frost sent out a worrying tweet to her followers.
Interspersed with condemnation for the star’s bullies, was a deep concern about the 27-year-old’s mental health, many noting the tweet was similar to that Charlotte Dawson posted before taking her own life.
This morning on her breakfast show with Rove McManus, the popular media personality opened up about her “dark” struggle.
“When I started this job, I’d been dealing a lot with the previous two years,” Sam explained on air.
“It was emotionally and mentally exhausting. And then I started this job – and I love my job – but I copped a really hard time.
“And everyone was so critical, and the media was critical, and trolls were just horrendous and I was just getting so heavily trolled, and other elements to it that I don’t even want to mention.
“It got to a point for about three or four months that I would come to work, and go home.
“I wouldn’t even want to leave my house, I was so in an awful place, I was in a really really dark place. I’d shut my friends out, I’d shut my family out. I’d come to work, and go home, and I’d stay shut in that dark horrible place.”
Sam says she didn’t realise how dire her state had become until boyfriend of one year, Sasha Mielczarek, told her “all you do is cry and you’re not talking to me”.
“And I said to him, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore. I don’t want to wake up everyday anymore’,” she said.
“And it wasn’t until I said that out loud, because I’d just been bottling it all in, and I saw the helplessness in his face, and I realised it’s not fair for me to want to give up.”