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Abbie Chatfield admits she’s on the ‘verge of a breakdown’ as she explains her social media hiatus

Abbie Chatfield admits she's on the 'verge of a breakdown' as she explains her social media hiatus 2

Abbie Chatfield has explained her recent absence from social media, admitting she is feeling overwhelmed and burnt out after a stressful few weeks.

The Hit Network radio host, 26, fought back tears in a series of Instagram Stories on Tuesday as she told her 395,000 followers she needed a break.

Abbie, who balances her national radio show with a podcast, sponsorships and other media gigs, said she was ‘on the verge of a breakdown’ and ‘not feeling well, mentally or physically’.

'I'm not well mentally or physically': Abbie Chatfield has explained her recent absence from social media, admitting she is feeling overwhelmed and burnt out after a stressful few weeks

‘I’m not well mentally or physically’: Abbie Chatfield has explained her recent absence from social media, admitting she is feeling overwhelmed and burnt out after a stressful few weeks

Abbie said she felt drained because she couldn’t escape controversy or media scrutiny even while on holiday in Europe with her boyfriend Konrad Bień-Stephen. 

She had inadvertently caused an international uproar after complaining on TikTok about her ‘sexist’ dining experience at a restaurant in Venice earlier this month.

The former Bachelor in Paradise star also said that moving house and hosting a radio show and podcast for Southern Cross Austereo had worn her out.

Struggles: The Hit Network radio host, 26, fought back tears in a series of Instagram Stories on Tuesday as she told her 395,000 followers she needed a break

Struggles: The Hit Network radio host, 26, fought back tears in a series of Instagram Stories on Tuesday as she told her 395,000 followers she needed a break

‘So the only energy I have is for the radio show and podcast,’ Abbie said. 

‘I am really exhausted. I’m just feeling really burnt out and emotionally exhausted in particular. I’m not feeling well. I will slowly come back and do more content.’  

‘Sometimes I feel my entire life is being entertainment [for others]… I am so tired and it’s bad timing as well. We just came back from our holiday. Even on the holiday I get f**king headlines and s**t and I can’t have a holiday without getting headlines.’

Despite appearing to enjoy her notoriety at the time, Abbie said being written about in the Italian press had been ‘awful’.

'I feel my entire life is being entertainment': Abbie said she felt drained because she couldn't escape controversy even while on holiday in Europe with her boyfriend Konrad Bień-Stephen

‘I feel my entire life is being entertainment’: Abbie said she felt drained because she couldn’t escape controversy even while on holiday in Europe with her boyfriend Konrad Bień-Stephen

‘It’s like my existence is so controversial… I don’t try and get media [attention]… and then international media, it’s awful. I wanted to have a holiday and now I’ve come back and want a break,’ she said.

In addition to her workload, Abbie has also been caring for her new dog Marco.

‘Konrad has dealt with me crying a lot in the past little bit. It’s just burnout vibes,’ she concluded.

Abbie then shared a close-up selfie and wrote in the caption she was experiencing physical symptoms of stress and burnout.

‘I literally think I’m on the verge of a breakdown because I’ve been having chest pain and vomiting all the time so please bear with me,’ she said.

'I've been having chest pain and vomiting all the time': Abbie then shared a close-up selfie and wrote in the caption she was experiencing physical symptoms of stress and burnout

‘I’ve been having chest pain and vomiting all the time’: Abbie then shared a close-up selfie and wrote in the caption she was experiencing physical symptoms of stress and burnout

Abbie and Konrad spent about two weeks in Europe to attend a friend’s wedding in Scotland and go travelling around Italy.

During her trip to Italy, she made headlines after complaining on TikTok about her ‘sexist’ dining experience at a posh restaurant in Venice on April 3. 

She was annoyed because the waiter had handed her a menu without the prices, while her boyfriend was given the full menu including the prices.

Eventful: Abbie and Konrad spent about two weeks in Europe to attend a friend's wedding in Scotland and go travelling around Italy - where she made headlines after complaining on TikTok about her 'sexist' dining experience at a posh restaurant in Venice on April 3

Eventful: Abbie and Konrad spent about two weeks in Europe to attend a friend’s wedding in Scotland and go travelling around Italy – where she made headlines after complaining on TikTok about her ‘sexist’ dining experience at a posh restaurant in Venice on April 3

Trolled: Her complaint was soon reported in the local press, which resulted in her being trolled by Italian men who insisted the 'ladies' menu' was just a harmless tradition

Trolled: Her complaint was soon reported in the local press, which resulted in her being trolled by Italian men who insisted the ‘ladies’ menu’ was just a harmless tradition

The former Bachelor runner-up said the situation was ridiculous because she’s the ‘breadwinner’ in her relationship.

Her complaint was soon reported in the local press, which resulted in her being trolled by Italian men who insisted the ‘ladies’ menu’ was just a harmless tradition.

‘It may be a tradition, but it is still rooted in patriarchy,’ Abbie said.

‘I’m allowed to say it’s sexist as the tradition is rooted in misogyny and patriarchy,’ she added, before confirming she had paid for the meal in question, not Konrad.

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Complaint: 'It may be a tradition, but it is still rooted in patriarchy,' Abbie said of being handed a menu without the prices, while her boyfriend was given the full menu including the prices

Complaint: ‘It may be a tradition, but it is still rooted in patriarchy,’ Abbie said of being handed a menu without the prices, while her boyfriend was given the full menu including the prices 

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