She’s faced nationwide backlash after being labelled as Married At First Sight’s ‘villain’ bride for her harsh treatment of TV ‘husband’ Ryan Gallagher while initiating a secret romance with married ‘alpha male’ Dean Wells.
And Davina Rankin has described the uproar and personal attacks by the public as ‘quite scary’, while being interviewed on Nine’s A Current Affair.
The 26-year-old said the criticism was wide-reaching, explaining: ‘I’ve really put myself out there for the whole world… Well, the whole of Australia, to really judge me and criticise me.’
‘It is actually quite scary!’ MAFS ‘villain’ Davina Rankin breaks her silence on the nationwide backlash over secret romance with married ‘alpha male’ Dean Wells during ACA interview
Davina revealed she was surprised by fans’ trolling her online, adding she had been lambasted by viewers across the nation for her behaviour on the dating show.
The busty social media star is used to mostly positive attention from her adoring 282,000 Instagram followers, and added: ‘No-one really gives me any grief… I’ve always lives happily in my bubble.’
However, after she was slammed for her debut appearance on the show, she hasn’t posted a single image to her followers.
‘No-one really gives me any grief’: The Insta-famous model has more than 282k fans on social media, but after the show debuted she had become the victim of trolls, later refraining from posting on her popular account or doing interviews
‘If anyone can deal with it, it’s going to be me’: Davina claimed to have tough skin as she said she was prepared for the backlash
Despite Davina refraining from interviews for the past two weeks, she appeared confident as ever on the Nine program: ‘If anyone can deal with it, it’s going to be me.’
Earlier this month she had reportedly gone into hiding in the wake of the public furor over her harsh criticisms of ‘husband’ Ryan.
The claims appeared in a story published in OK! magazine: ‘After fans slammed Davina for being too hard on her on-screen hubby Ryan, 29, sources close to the Brisbane-based beauty reveal she’s gone into hiding, refusing to take part in any media interviews.’
‘Right under their noses’: Davina’s husband Ryan Gallagher (left) and Dean’s wife Tracey Jewel (right) were none the wiser about their partner’s secret pact
The trolling of the reality star only got worse when she began to flirt, text and agree upon a secret romance with another woman’s ‘husband’ on the show.
On Wednesday night’s dinner party episode, unbeknownst to their partners, Davina and Dean discussed their attraction for each other mere meters away from their married spouses.
Davina had asked, “Do you want to pursue this?”, to which Dean replied, ‘100 per cent’.
Married At First Sight airs on Nine from 7.30pm Sunday to Wednesday
‘Oh my god, I want to kiss you so bad’: Married At First Sight’s Davina Rankin gropes Dean Wells under the table before enjoying an intimate embrace