Married At First Sight’s Elizabeth Sobinoff reveals she was on disability pension before finding fame – and says she’s been underweight most of her life
Married At First Sight star Elizabeth Sobinoff has spoken candidly about her difficult and lengthy battle with chronic illness.
Speaking to ex-Big Brother star Garth Saville on his podcast, In the Bath with Aunty Garth, the 29-year-old described her health troubles as a ‘horror story’, explaining that her condition was so bad she couldn’t even work.
‘Before I went on Married At First Sight, I hadn’t worked for more than a decade. I was on a disability pension because I had a misdiagnosis and everything,’ she said.
‘I was on a disability pension’: Married At First Sight’s Elizabeth Sobinoff (pictured) has revealed she was on disability pension before finding fame
‘It was a horror story come to life, what had happened,’ she added.
Elizabeth decided to return to the workforce in 2018 after being offered a job managing a jewellery store in Sydney.
She said her parents were worried about her getting a job after everything she had been through during her teens and twenties.
‘Horror story’: Speaking to ex-Big Brother star Garth Saville on his podcast, In the Bath with Aunty Garth , the 29-year-old described her health troubles as a ‘horror story’, explaining that her condition was so bad she couldn’t even work
Just days after starting the new job, Elizabeth was scouted by Married At First Sight producers during her lunch break, and eventually landed a role in the 2019 series.
Elsewhere in her interview, she spoke about the controversy surrounding her recent extreme weight loss.
‘I’ve actually had a problem with being underweight most of my life. I have a blood condition where you need high calories,’ she told Garth.
‘I’ve actually had a problem with being underweight most of my life’: Elsewhere in her interview, Elizabeth spoke about the controversy surrounding her recent extreme weight loss. Pictured in February
Hitting back: In February, Elizabeth blasted her skinny-shamers by sharing a throwback photo of herself from 2015 that proved her weight has always fluctuated. Pictured left in 2015, and right in 2019
Lizzie, who lost 10kg prior to appearing on Married At First Sight for a second time in 2020, said that she’d even been accused of being anorexic at one point in her life.
She insisted: ‘Even before I got misdiagnosed, I was severely underweight… I naturally don’t carry a lot of weight.
‘Like, I’m curvy, I’ve got shape to me. But I lose weight very easily.’
Dramatic weight loss: Following her appearance on MAFS last year, Elizabeth shed an estimated 10kg. Pictured left on MAFS 2019, and right in February 2020
Elizabeth previously told 9Honey that she had been diagnosed with two debilitating chronic illnesses in 2018.
The first illness is porphyria, a blood disorder that can affect the nervous systems and other organs, including the skin.
The second is autoimmune disease, a mild form of Lupus that causes her body to attack itself.
Now and then: Speaking to 9Honey in March last year, Elizabeth revealed she suffers from two chronic health conditions, Porphyria, a blood disorder, and an autoimmune disease, which is a mild form of Lupus. Pictured left in March 2019, right in October 2019