Married At First Sight star Matthew Bennett shocked fans this morning when he revealed he has a new girlfriend, but it seems no one’s more shook than his ex-wife Lauren Huntriss.
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, fellow MAFS star Melissa Lucarelli reveals she reached out to Lauren after bumping into Matthew and new love Annabelle at Nova’s radio studios, and understandably she’s “pretty hurt” by how things have panned out.
“Actually before we ran into them [at Channel Nine] we also crossed over at Nova this morning when she [Annabelle] first came on and I was like, ‘Wow’,” explains Melissa. “Because that would have been a shock to her [Lauren]. I messaged her and was like, “Umm are you ok?”
“She was saying she was pretty hurt by it but she’s doing ok, so that’s good.”
Even Melissa and her TV husband Dino, who appeared on both Nova FM and Nine’s Today show this morning, were taken aback when they learnt of Matthew’s fresh romance for the first time today.
“That was a bit crazy, that was so unexpected,” admits Mel. “Obviously no one knew and then there they were this morning. It was just like, ‘Wow what’s going on?’.”
From what she’s seen of them in real life, Mel says, “Matt is such a lovely guy and she [Annabelle] seemed lovely”.
As for how Matt and Lauren’s relationship ended, Melissa adds, “It’s just sad that it didn’t work out and that it’s ended not great”.
This morning Matthew told Nova FM’s Fitzy and Wippa that he’d been receiving many messages from his ex, Lauren, while he’s been in a relationship with Annabelle since December after meeting at a wrestling venue.
“There’s been relentless contact towards me and I’ve actually asked her to stop contacting me a couple of weeks ago,” said Matt.
“The context of the messages is, well, to put it bluntly, it’s abuse. That’s all it is.”
“It’s getting really messy,” Melissa tells Yahoo Lifestyle about these new revelations.
“They’re both such awesome people and I hope that it all goes ok.”
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