Barnaby Joyce and new partner Vikki Campion gave a tell-all interview on Channel Seven's Sunday Night, and now experts have claimed the interview could have serious effects on the former deputy PM's four daughters with ex-wife Natalie.
Human development expert, Associate Professor Michael Nagel, claimed he could not imagine what Barnaby's four daughters - Odette, Caroline, Julia, Bridgette - were going through when this aired.
The University of the Sunshine Coast academic said the human brain was not built for prolonged periods of stress.
Dr Nagel said, 'I can only imagine that interview would have been very painful, if they saw it, heard about it or see it replayed in the news.
'Any time anyone goes through a marriage breakup it’s very difficult for anyone involved.
'Seeing your family’s trials and tribulations played out on a national scale, for those involved, I would be concerned about them.'
Social media all but agreed with Dr Nagel's thoughts.
Dr Nagel said the environment Mr Joyce’s daughters had been exposed to was 'toxic.'
'The stress mechanism that’s in our brains is designed for short-term purposes only and when we go into a solid use or solid response that very same stress response could be elevated,' he said.
'The longer it gets played out, the longer they deal with it, the longer they could have mental health issues that could include sleep and anxiety disorders, all range of things.
'They’ve been going through this for quite some time now. They’re seeing their father who, in spite of everything that’s gone on, they still love and that would create a great deal of stress.'
Ms Campion acknowledged that a confrontation had occurred between her and Mrs Joyce in Tamworth but said she 'can’t repeat the words on television'.