On The Bachelor In 2014 Blake Garvey got down on one knee on national television and proposed to Sam Frost with a ring that cost more than $50,000, only to break-off the engagement to be with the runner-up, Louise Pillidge, less than 24 hours later.
She then came back as The Bachelorette in 2015, and found love with Sasha Mielczarek, but the pair decided to part ways when the act of juggling a long distance relationship with work commitments became too much.
With all this inner knowledge of the ways these reality shows work, the 29-year-old Home and Away star is choosing not to watch The Bachelor this year.
“I am not disrespecting [the series], but the best way to describe it is like watching a magic show and you know how to do all the tricks,” Frost told Adrienne Tam in an interview with Stellar.
“I cringe thinking about it. The little tricks they do… you’re so oblivious to seeing them when you’re watching. I think, ‘Those poor girls,'” she added.
It’s not the first time Sam Frost has spoken about her experience on the series, in 2016 she issued a caring warning for the then newly announced Bachelorette, Georgia Love.
“She [Georgia] looks so lovely and has a really lovely approachable nature about her,” she said on her radio show.
“The biggest thing I can say to anyone doing this is make sure you look after your mental well-being because you’re manipulated,”
“So many people have these opinions and everyone is saying x, y and z and you don’t know what to believe,” she said.
“The only thing you can do is believe your intuition and believe in yourself because in this world and in filming and the media, the only person who has your best interest at heart is yourself.”
“People always say they have your best interest and I am going to look after you but they don’t. You need to trust how you feel and believe in yourself,” she said.
During her time in the spotlight Sam Frost has spoken publicly about her battle with mental health, an experience the actress says inspired her to start mental health initiative Believe.
The website for the initiative says the focus of the program is to help women navigate the ‘toxic world of social media’ and help them manage depression and anxiety.
The main focus of the series is the powerful sharing of stories, as people share the difficult times they faced and how they got through it.