MAFS star Cameron Merchant reveals his 'dark' past and how he 'found a purpose' again

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    Married At First Sight star Cameron Merchant shared a moving post on Tuesday about his past struggles and how he ‘held on to hope’ and found ‘a purpose’ again. 

    Alongside an inspirational message from mental health support group It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, the former cricketer encouraged his Instagram followers to ‘hold on and keep going’, should they find themselves in the ‘darkest of holes’.

    Cameron detailed how he became his most authentic self prior to meeting wife Jules Robinson, and how that happiness allowed him to experience further joy with her.

    Raw and honest: Married At First Sight star Cameron Merchant (pictured) revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday how he 'held on to hope' and 'found a purpose' again during his 'darkest' times

    Raw and honest: Married At First Sight star Cameron Merchant (pictured) revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday how he ‘held on to hope’ and ‘found a purpose’ again during his ‘darkest’ times 

    ‘Love this and just resonated with me today,’ Cameron, 37, began while referencing the inspirational message from It’s Okay Not To Be Okay.   

    ‘Never said I ever had it figured out either… I’ve just gone through some s**t in my life that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. That s**t helped me become the person I am today and I couldn’t be more proud of me and thankful for it,’ he wrote.

    The reality star revealed how he found himself ‘in the darkest of holes for a long time’ and just ‘held on to some hope’ and ‘found a purpose’.  

    Helping others: Alongside this inspirational message from mental health support group It's Okay Not To Be Okay, the former cricketer, 37, encouraged his Instagram followers to 'hold on and keep going', should they find themselves in the 'darkest of holes'

    Helping others: Alongside this inspirational message from mental health support group It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, the former cricketer, 37, encouraged his Instagram followers to ‘hold on and keep going’, should they find themselves in the ‘darkest of holes’ 

    ‘One small step at a time until I found my authentic happiest self once more. Even before meeting Jules I found this, and that happiness allowed me to appreciate and open up to even further happiness with my family today,’ he said. 

    Cameron revealed his hopes to help others that are struggling but don’t know where to start when it comes to finding happiness again.

    ‘I understand how you feel. Just hold on. Keep going. This s**t will pass and you can be happy. I’m a living breathing example that it is possible and that’s why I keep coming back everyday. For me, for you, no matter what,’ he wrote.

    Pivotal: In part of his lengthy post, Cameron detailed how he became his most authentic self prior to meeting wife Jules Robinson, and how that happiness allowed him to experience further joy with her

    Pivotal: In part of his lengthy post, Cameron detailed how he became his most authentic self prior to meeting wife Jules Robinson, and how that happiness allowed him to experience further joy with her 

    Reality TV golden couple: Cameron and wife Jules (pictured), 39, are one of Married At First Sight's few success stories, tying the knot in real life and welcoming a child

    Reality TV golden couple: Cameron and wife Jules (pictured), 39, are one of Married At First Sight’s few success stories, tying the knot in real life and welcoming a child

    Cameron and wife Jules, 39, are one of Married At First Sight’s few success stories, tying the knot in real life and welcoming a child.

    And in an interview with Who magazine earlier this year, Cameron said he remains forever ‘grateful’ for the show and can’t wait to show his son Oliver, one, how he and Jules met. 

    ‘It has been a magical journey and we certainly look forward to showing Ollie how his parents met one day. That’s something that no one’s ever going to take away from us,’ he said.

    How I met your mother: Cameron previously told Who magazine that he's 'looking forward' to showing his son Oliver, one, how he and wife Jules met (all pictured)

    How I met your mother: Cameron previously told Who magazine that he’s ‘looking forward’ to showing his son Oliver, one, how he and wife Jules met (all pictured) 

    Cameron went on to suggest the couple’s popularity is down to not getting caught up in the ‘glitz and glamour’ of television.

    ‘We want to keep the real in everything we do,’ he said.

    ‘We were two, three, seasons ago [in 2019] but we still have a connection to so many people out there who find us relatable, everyday people.’ 

    Proud parents: Cameron and Jules welcomed son Oliver on October 3 last year

    Proud parents: Cameron and Jules welcomed son Oliver on October 3 last year

    Cameron and Jules met on season six of Married At First Sight, which was filmed in late 2018 and aired early the following year. 

    The reality TV couple legally married in November 2019, selling broadcast rights to their wedding day to A Current Affair.

    They welcomed son Oliver on October 3 last year. 

    For confidential mental health support in Australia, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. For support in the UK, please contact Samaritans on 116 123.

    Fairytale ending: Cameron and Jules met on season six of Married At First Sight, which was filmed in late 2018 and aired early the following year

    Fairytale ending: Cameron and Jules met on season six of Married At First Sight, which was filmed in late 2018 and aired early the following year

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