Zoe Hendrix Issues A Public Apology To Married At First Sight’s Davina Rankin!
Sitting at home watching reality TV, it’s easy to sit back and judge the contestants while making comments about them that we would never dare say to people we actually know.
Take Married At First Sight for example. Without going into great detail about the show, viewers that follow it know the general premise- couples get ‘married’ to complete strangers then continue to live with them over period of time in hopes that they will fall in love and stay together.
The latter hardly ever happens. Zoe Hendrix from MAFS 2015 is an exception. She found love with TV husband Alex Garner and the two have gone on to have a child together.
So if anyone understands the scrutiny contestants are under on a show like MAFS you think it would be Hendrix. Wrong. The former reality TV star shared a meme of ‘villain’ Davina Rankin, who is currently embroiled in a love triangle on the show, which showed an edited photo of the model holding up a sign listing her top priorities as “fillers, fame and Instagram followers.”
It’s no secret that the 26 year old Rankin has been surgically altered. She’s admitted to having breast augmentation, botox and countless fillers. She has never shied away from who she is but has unfortunately become one of the most unpopular contestants on the show after openly pursuing another woman’s husband on the dating reality series.
Rankin has received widespread backlash on social media from viewers who call her a ‘home wrecker’ and ‘ trouble maker’ amongst other things. The reality TV star has gone into hiding and friends say they are concerned for her well being following the barrage of hate she has received from the nation.
Hendrix says Rankin contacted her via private message on Instagram after seeing the hateful meme and asked where her compassion was.
The MAFS alum had a good rethink of her actions and posted a public apology to Rankin and to her fans saying what she did was cyber bullying and was not acceptable in any shape, way or form.
The other day I posted a meme of Devina that crossed the line into bullying. It’s since been deleted. As soon as I posted it, something didn’t feel right. My gut instinct told me it wasn’t true to who I am or what I’m about. A few hours later Devina contacted me and outlined how hurt she was to see it. She is really struggling with the intensity of the online attacks. I had added to it. We all know how damaging cyber bullying can be. It takes lives. We must take it seriously. It’s one thing to discuss and analyse the drama on MAFS (and I’m all for that) but we must not forget that these characters are real people. Imperfect, real people, who fuck up and who are to a degree at the mercy of editing. Let’s try to discuss the behaviour/the relationships and not just personally and brutally attack the individuals. I’m not saying I agree with all of Devina’s choices on MAFS but I do know that we can’t teach out children not to bully, or say we aspire for a kinder world if we are partaking in this behaviour ourselves online. Me included #choosekind #whenyouknowbetterdobetter #marriedatfirstsight
Hendrix has been very vocal with her views on Rankin. During an episode of ‘Zoe and Erin Unfiltered’, a show which she co-hosts with fellow Married star Erin Bateman, she slammed the contestant for trying to promote her “brand”.
“So I’m struggling to understand why he got treated like he did by his new wife Davina,” she said. “If your husband annoys you after the first 15 minutes … that’s a bit of concern.”
Zoe added: “I feel like maybe she’s got a brand and an image … she wants a partner to match that … Maybe who you’re looking for and who you want to meet your brand is not the person that you need.”
Rankin revealed in a message to Hit 105’s Stav, Abby and Matt via social media that she’s been having a really “hard time” with the fallout from her behaviour on the show.
“A lot happened behind the scenes,” Davina wrote in a message to the hosts.
“It’s so hard for me to even watch the show as I know the context of the conversations and some of the sentences are from days before so it’s almost impossible for me to make sense.”
“I know it’s everyone’s job whether it is selling magazines or getting listeners on the radio,” Davina said. “But until it directly affects you it’s really hard to get your head around.”