And Married At First Sight‘s Amanda Micallef, 34, is certainly making the most of her new freedom.
The personal trainer, who was famously slammed for setting up a GoFundMe Page to help pay for her move to Queensland, enjoyed the natural spoils of her news digs as she relaxed on a Gold Coast beach on Sunday.
Alright for some! Married At First Sight star Amanda Micallef, 34, was spotted relaxing at the beach on the Gold Coast after relocating from Melbourne to Queensland
Clad in a black bikini top and mis-matched leopard print bottoms, Amanda looked positively serene as she sunbaked on the sand.
The tattooed brunette threw her locks into a messy up-do and completed her look with large sunglasses, hoop earrings and a necklace.
At one stage, a merry Amanda was seen chatting with two male pals as they sipped matching take-away smoothies.
Life’s a beach! Amanda wore black bikini top, mis-matched leopard print bottoms and a large pair of sunglasses
Cheers! At one stage, a merry Amanda was seen chatting with two male pals as they sipped matching take-away smoothies
The trio were then seen charging their smoothie containers, perhaps toasting to new beginnings.
The sighting comes after formerly Melbourne-based Amanda launched a controversial GoFundMe page in August, telling fans that she’d decided it was time to ‘start a brand new life’ in Queensland.
At the time, she also shared a video to her Instagram Story telling followers: ‘I’m actually not working full-time.
Help needed: It comes after Amanda launched her controversial GoFundMe page in August, telling fans that she’d decided it was time to ‘start a brand new life’ in Queensland
‘For those that think that I am, yes, I sell a few programs online, but my business has been severely struggling because of COVID,’ the personal trainer added.
She continued: ‘We’re pretty screwed here in Melbourne, all the gyms are shut. I’m surviving off Centrelink for those of you who don’t know.
‘Just to give you a quick rundown, the hotel quarantine alone is going to cost close to $3000, plus getting myself there in a separate flight to Smokey, the car, my personal belongings,’ she explained.
‘My business has been severely struggling’: At the time, she also shared a video to her Instagram Story telling followers: ‘I’m actually not working full-time
Elsewhere, the former reality TV star said: ‘I also don’t need to justify myself, I just think I’ve done a lot for other businesses out there.’
‘I’ve done a lot of posts for free, I actually haven’t charged a lot of the businesses that I’ve worked with, and I’m just asking if you’re feeling generous and you want to give back, now would be the perfect time to do it.’
Amanda added: ‘What I don’t need is any hate messages or calling me a cheapskate or anything like that, because I can assure you that I’m struggling just like everyone else.’
Outrage: Former fans of the show slammed the reality star for her ‘audacity’ to ask people for cash when so many were struggling during the coronavirus pandemic
Former fans of MAFS criticised Amanda for asking people for cash when so many were struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Literally just unfollowed her. I can’t believe the audacity, to set up a GoFundMe is just ridiculous,’ wrote one outraged fan.
Another asked: ‘So you’re on Centrelink, so is half of Australia. What makes you special?’
Others simply couldn’t believe it was a serious request, and thought she ‘must be joking’.
‘You are kidding me right! Bold! Half the country is in hardship! You should have been saving for a rainy day like the rest of us have to! Ask your family!’ shared one.
Reality TV start: Amanda first rose to fame on season seven of Married At First Sight and was married to Tash Herz (right). They were the first lesbian couple in the reality show franchise