MAFS’ Yuki Sato reveals how a destructive past relationship destroyed her confidence and self-esteem

Her former partner's controlling ways has led to her developing trust issues.

Things might look idyllic between Married at First Sight NZ sweethearts Yuki Sato and Dan McLaughlan, but the Christchurch salon owner confesses she’s struggling to trust her hubby after a previous romantic disaster.

Yuki, 31, tells us, “My last serious relationship, I got caught up in the idea of getting married, but he tried to dominate my life. I really struggled. He destroyed my self-esteem and my confidence in who I am. He tried to control me.”

“He took my phone all the time because there was no trust, but he was the person who was doing something behind my back, so I have trust issues.”

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The Japanese-born beauty also confesses to fears Wellington-based electrician Dan, 30, may not want to move back to Christchurch, “the place where I belong”, after the 2011 earthquake, which gave him post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It broke my heart when I heard he had a traumatic experience in Christchurch, which is a city I love and have such a good foundation in,” she says.

“I grew up with earthquakes in Japan and I was totally fine during it, but I understand why so many people left.”

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