‘People forget I’m a human being’: Married At First Sight’s Ines Basic reveals the racist and violent threats she’s received from online trolls
Married At First Sight’s most controversial villain has opened up about the extreme backlash she’s received in the three months since the show left screens.
In a candid video on Instagram, Ines Basic revealed that she’s received ‘rape threats’ and been called ‘refugee scum’ from online trolls.
‘There honestly isn’t a thing I haven’t been called online,’ the 29-year-old said.
Breaking her silence: Married At First Sight’s Ines Basic revealed on Thursday that she’s received racist abuse and threats of rape since appearing on the reality series
‘Usually it’s like “refugee scum”, “Slavic dog”. I get rape threats,’ she continued.
‘I’ve had police do drive-bys past my house because of stalkers. I’ve really seen it all.’
The reality star-turned-influencer admitted that the backlash has made her become guarded on social media in a bid to protect herself.
‘I’m not Madonna, I don’t have bodyguards. I don’t have private jets. I can’t protect myself in the same way that other people can when they get these sorts of things.
‘Usually it’s like “refugee scum”, “Slavic dog”. I get rape threats,’ Ines admitted in an emotional Instagram video
‘Some days it’s really hard,’ she continued. ‘I’m a human being, and people forget [that].’
Ines and her parents fled war-torn Bosnia when she was child, ending up in a refugee camp in Austria before finally being granted refugee status in Australia.
Back in March, former MAFS star Martha Kalifatidis said that Ines was struggling to cope with the backlash.
‘I think the thing what really upsets her the most is the racial comments,’ Martha told the Real Talk podcast.
‘I’m not Madonna, I don’t have bodyguards,’ she said. ‘I don’t have private jets. I can’t protect myself in the same way that other people can when they get these sorts of things’
‘There was a petition for Ines to leave the country and there was like 53,000 signatures on it. That hurt her.
‘The troll comments. The ones about looks and things like that, she doesn’t care. It’s the racial comments and things like that, that really hurt her the most.’
Ines was paired with male stripper Bronson Norrish on Married At First Sight’s sixth season.
She received backlash from viewers for her treatment of Bronson throughout the show, and later drew more scorn after embarking on a scandalous affair with fellow villain Sam Ball.
Villain: Ines was the most controversial villain from the last season of Married At First Sight