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Sarah St James says filming Byron Baes was ‘torture’ and a ‘mind f**k’

Influencer says filming Byron Baes was a ‘torture’ and a ‘mind f**k’ – and she was forced to turn to alcohol to cope

An influencer whose journey to make it as a singer was documented on the reality show Byron Baes has described her time on the Netflix series as “absolute torture.”

Sarah St James, whose real name is Sarah Tangye, revealed that she used alcohol to deal with her anxiety while filming for hours, often drinking straight from the bottle.

The first season of Byron Baes followed the Gold Coast musician as she moved to Byron Bay to launch her career, but she said she found the other cast members “insanely judgmental.”

An influencer whose journey to make it as a singer was documented on Byron Baes has described her time on the Netflix series as “absolute torture.” (Pictured: Sarah St James)

“I like to take things head-on and not being able to and losing that control was a catalyst for a lot of my anxiety,” she told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

‘I had to swallow it. I drank way too much while filming. I think we shot for 12 weeks and 80 percent of that time I was drinking too much.”

She said she sat with co-star Alex Reid for two hours during a shoot and couldn’t leave.

“I brought a bottle of gin and drank it out of my bag… they ended up confiscating mine,” she said.

The first season of Byron Baes followed the Gold Coast musician as she moved to Byron Bay to launch her career, but she said she found the other cast members

The first season of Byron Baes followed the Gold Coast musician as she moved to Byron Bay to launch her career, but she said she found the other cast members “insanely judgmental.”

Sarah admitted that her anxiety got so bad she almost had a “mental breakdown” because “filming became unbearable” and was “a mindf**k.”

She said that after filming ended, she started going back to the gym, stopped drinking and adopted healthier habits, which “helped a lot.”

The Queensland added that she has no desire to return to the NSW coastal town or film a second season of Byron Baes, but would be willing to do reality TV again.

Sarah admitted that her anxiety got so bad she almost had a 'mental breakdown' because 'filming became unbearable' and was 'a mind f**k'

Sarah admitted that her anxiety got so bad she almost had a ‘mental breakdown’ because ‘filming became unbearable’ and was ‘a mind f**k’

“People from Byron who pretend to be all welcoming and spiritual and that it’s this lovely, easygoing, breezy town, but then are insanely judgmental in the same breath… some of the most judgmental people I’ve ever met,” said they.

Despite these harsh words, Sarah said she has no issues with the majority of the cast, including her ex Nathan Favro.

Sarah added that Gold Coast people may be cheesy, but at least they are “unapologetically themselves.”

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