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Married at First Sight UK 2022 updates: Gemma slams the show as ‘unacceptable’ and threatens Ofcom complaint

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MARRIED At First Sight's Gemma has hit out at producers for how she was depicted in the show after her sense of humour divided Brits.

The star was the subject of controversy after her husband, Matt Murray, accused her of touching herself inappropriately in a restaurant, something she strongly denies.

MAFS' Gemma Rose took to Instagram to reveal her side of the story, and how the show was edited to make her look "villainous", saying: “Have we learnt anything from Love Island. False versions of serious situations and changing the storyline so dramatically …RUINS LIVES.”

One fan tweeted: "Gemma Rose is showing light on how the show works on her Instagram stories. It’s basically a different version of Jeremy Kyle, edited lies, cruelty, luck of any humanity to the highest degree. Sickening. #MAFSUK."

Channel 4 have issued a statement, saying: "Married at First Sight UK episodes are carefully put together so that, while we cannot show every moment of scenes that can take hours to film, we ensure that what we do broadcast is a fair and accurate reflection of the events that unfolded.

Read our MAFS blog below to keep up to date with all of the action...

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Duka hits back at Whitney

    Whitney made her feelings for Duka very clear on the day of their wedding.

    The PA from St Albans made a number of jokes about Duka and the situation and then went on to criticise his appearance in reference to what she was hoping for.

    Duka, having watched the shows, has spoken out about the situation: "Had I known at that point in time how she was making fun of my name, not only disrespectful to me, but my background, my culture as well, it’s not about leave or stay or all that, I would’ve left there and then no questions asked.

    "Not to use these heavy words, but the whole thing of body shaming, “Oh his arms need to be bigger,” I’m like, a six foot two man that’s 16 stones, I’m healthier than 99.9% of the public."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    First look into this week's Married at First Sight drama

    It is anticipated that Matt and Whitney are going to admit their interest in one another, away from their respective partners.

    At the end of Thursday night’s episode, fans were given a sneak peak into the retreat the couples are sent on.

    The narrator exclaims: “The couples head off on a mini break, tempers flare between Thomas and April…

     “And a secret crush is revealed…”

    The camera then shows Matt, confiding in the men of the group: “If I had to choose somebody different in here, I’d probably say Whitney.”

    Whitney then tells the women: “I’d probably have to say, Matt, I can see that he’s like a good person.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Married at First Sight star slams show’s editing

    Gemma Rose has slammed Married at First Sight’s editing as “unacceptable”.

    Digital Spy reports that she took to social media to say: “I didn’t realise things would be cropped out to the extent that they have been to make it look like things are one-sided…

    “What’s worse than me not having the chance to defend myself is that I did defend myself and the channel haven’t shown it.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Jess spills on how many couples lasted

    The dental hygienist from Cambridge was matched with Dreamboys performer, PJay.

    Jess has claimed that only one couple survived the experiment this year and criticised the experts for not matching the couples properly.

    She then went on to advise women saying: "For every single girl or woman out there, always trust your gut and never let anyone tell you what is right for you."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Where's Kasia now?

    It's not clear whether the entrepreneur and Kwame are still together.

    The mother of two, who owns businesses and is public about supporting others, particularly women, took to Instagram to let fans in on some key facts about herself.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Lara admits former Hollywood flame

    The MAFS love-hopeful has been married twice before.

    Talking about her former love-life, Lara was candid about the experiences she'd had before.

    Now she's shared that she once dated Charlie Hunnam.

    Talking about it, she said: "It’s Charlie Hunnam. I dated Charlie Hunnam for a while, he was lovely and I’ve always had a soft spot for him."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Broadcaster Channel 4 has denied any wrongdoing over ‘unacceptable’ editing

    Bride Gemma accused the show of poor “editing” and “painting” her in a bad light.

    Channel 4 have released a statement in response to Gemma’s claims, it reads: “Married at First Sight UK episodes are carefully put together so that, while we cannot show every moment of scenes that can take hours to film, we ensure that what we do broadcast is a fair and accurate reflection of the events that unfolded.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Married at First Sight’s Lara Eyre overwhelmed by support from viewers

    MAFS’s Lara Eyre revealed to The Sun she has been overwhelmed with kindness since she left the show.

    The star added: “Someone said, ‘You the only reason I watch Married At First Sight in jail’.

    “This is exactly the type of guy who would message me, someone in jail with nothing to lose who was wackadoo. 

    “I must have some vibe I give off, I don’t know how I haven’t dated a serial killer yet or someone who wants to wear me as a hat.”

    Click here to read more.  

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Jess's reality show history

    The dental-hygienist from Cambridge appeared on Netflix show, Sexy Beasts.

    Jess Potter, who adore all things Harry Potter, and kicked off when she found out her new MAFS husband was a stripper and lived at home with his mum, has a history of reality shows.

    Sexy Beasts was a Netflix show that had participants wear prosthetics to look like fantasy beasts on their date so that the attraction wasn't based on looks.

    Appearing as Frankenstein's monster, Jess seemed to hit it off with New-Yorker Sullie, who was dressed as The Bat.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Matt's transformation shocks fans

    MAFS has seen some shocking personalities, and many comments on appearance this year.

    Gemma and Matt, however, appeared to be matched perfectly in most ways, apart from Gemma's jokes, for which she has criticised the shows editing team.

    Perhaps more shocking though is Matt's transformation over the years.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Compassion for PJay on MAFS

    The Dreamboys performer came under fire from wife Jess on the day of the wedding for his profession.

    The dental hygienist made clear she wasn’t impressed by PJay, due to his profession and for living with his mum.

    Talking to the cameras, Jess said: “No offense, but that’s not what I’m about.” Later, when she spoke to her mum, she cried saying: “people are going to laugh at me.”

    When Jess finally decided to go to the reception, her mum grilled PJay, who made clear the job was temporary and he had to do something to make money for his son.

    Jess has since accused PJay of being in a relationship when he joined the show, which he denies.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    How many episodes of MAFS left?

    This season is the longest one yet.

    With 30 episodes in total, the current season is expected to run over six weeks.

    Tonight's episode is the 17th one meaning fans over half way.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Gemma hits out at MAFS editors

    The MAFS star has drawn criticism due to crude jokes that made husband, Matt, uncomfortable.

    Taking to Instagram, Gemma claimed clips were used in the wrong order and in actual fact, off camera, Matt was the same.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Where are Kasia and Kwame now?

    The pair were matched by the experts but neither were the other one's physical ideal.

    After finding common ground, it seemed the pair could find some way through to a great couple, things hit the rocks when Kasia wanted to take the intimacy levels up a notch saying "intimacy is really important."

    Later, Kasia made clear she felt that although Kwame was her "rock", she was in the "friend zone."

    It's not clear whether or not they're still together, but neither follow the other on Instagram.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    MAFS returns TONIGHT

    The wait is almost over, MAFS is back today.

    The show takes a weekend break from Friday to Sunday, before returning on Monday night at 9pm.

    If you missed last week’s episodes, you can catch up on All4.

  • Joseph Gamp

    How do you join the cast of Married at First Sight UK?

    Not only have contestants gone on to get married and stay married, many have claimed to learn a lot about themselves.

    The idea of joining the cast of Married at First Sight seems like a no-brainer, so here’s how to join if you’re thinking about it.

    To apply to be on MAFS UK all you need to do is send an email with your name, age, and contact number to [email protected]

    Applicants must be over 18, and not have been married before.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Married At First Sight Jess reveals scandal over co-stars secret relationship

    Jess Potter took to Instagram to tell all on the huge show sccandal.

    She told her fans: “Just eating my prawn cocktail crisps thinking about how someone on the show had a partner on the outside the whole time.”

    Jess said: “Can you imagine after me being completely honest, which I have been, I’m still getting messages calling me fake. Are you lot mental?

    “To all you b****s calling me fake you just wait until I can tell you what I know because you’ll be eating your words like Brucey and that chocolate cake.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Gemma urges trolls to stop sending Matt Murray ‘death threats’

    The Married at First Sight bride slammed cruel trolls who have taken to sending her on screen husband the “unacceptable” messages.

    She took to Instagram while out with friends to say: “Hi guys I just wanted to pop on and quickly say, death threats. Unacceptable.

    “Any of you that are messaging Matt and saying s*** like that, you should be ashamed of yourselves. It’s too far. Ok. Now you’ve been told.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Fans disappointed by ‘gossipy’ show

    This years Married at First Sight has brought an unbelievable amount of drama and has certainly given fans much to discuss.

    Not everyone is pleased with the level of fall outs this year, one fan Tweeted: “Why has this show gone from being wholesome and lovely to another gossipy, b****y reality show? #MarriedAtFirstSightuk #disappointed.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Lara brands Richie as ‘dishonest’ after quitting the show

    The ex Married at First Sight bride accused Richie of throwing her “under the bus”.

    She told The Sun: “When the cameras were off, Richie kept to himself and wasn’t as enthusiastic or caring, he didn’t ask much about me except for when they were filming.

    “I wish there were cameras everywhere filming all the time because Richie was very good at making sure his mask didn’t slip.

    “If the show was more like Love Island, viewers would have been able to get a more honest view and things wouldn’t have been hidden.”

    “How can you make a relationship work if someone’s performing? I was there for realness and he wanted to come off looking fantastic.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Broadcaster Channel 4 has denied any wrongdoing over ‘unacceptable’ editing

    Bride Gemma accused the show of poor “editing” and “painting” her in a bad light.

    Channel 4 have released a statement in response to Gemma’s claims, it reads: “Married at First Sight UK episodes are carefully put together so that, while we cannot show every moment of scenes that can take hours to film, we ensure that what we do broadcast is a fair and accurate reflection of the events that unfolded.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Married at First Sight’s Lara Eyre overwhelmed by support from viewers

    MAFS’s Lara Eyre revealed to The Sun she has been overwhelmed with kindness since she left the show.

    The star added: “Someone said, ‘You the only reason I watch Married At First Sight in jail’.

    “This is exactly the type of guy who would message me, someone in jail with nothing to lose who was wackadoo. 

    “I must have some vibe I give off, I don’t know how I haven’t dated a serial killer yet or someone who wants to wear me as a hat.”

    Click here to read more.  

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    MAFS' April says she's 'overcome a lot'

    MAFS bride April has opened up about being branded a “cry baby” by fans.

    She told her fans on Instagram: “The traumas that have been brought on from this show have made me re-evaluate things.

    “I really have and I’m not ashamed to admit this, I have been seeing a therapist ever since.

    “They have helped me overcome a lot from the show and I am grateful for that.”

    The former Miss GB teased: “Stay tuned for what’s to come next who knows!”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    MAFS star reveals famous Hollywood ex

    Lara Eyre, former Married at First Sight bride, has finally revealed who her famous ex boyfriend was.

    She left the show last week after failing to connect with her husband Richie Dews.

    “I may have dated someone from Sons Of Anarchy,” she explained during an Instagram Q&A.

    “It’s Charlie Hunnam. I dated Charlie Hunnam for a while, he was lovely and I’ve always had a soft spot for him,” Lara revealed.

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