MAFS's Bryce 'horrified' over gaslighting claims

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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MAFS’ star Bryce Ruthven has spoken out after being accused of gaslighting his ‘bride’ Melissa Rawson on last night’s episode of the reality show.

In an interview on the Kyle & Jackie O show, the radio presenter said he was “horrified looking back at” the episode, which saw a conversation between him and Melissa end with her in tears.

Bryce and Melissa from Married at First Sight
Bryce and Melissa appeared on Married At First Sight. Photo: Channel Nine

The couple seemed to initially hit it off, with Melissa even admitting the pair slept together on the first night, but when they were given an "honesty box" filled with questions to go through things took a turn.

Viewers have slammed and accused him of ‘gaslighting’ his new bride.

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One of the questions centred on first impressions and had Melissa asking her 'husband', "Am I your usual type?”

"Ummm. It’s a tough question. I’ll be completely honest. Not 100 per cent,” he said.

“I’ve always gone for the blonde hair, blue eyes, tan kinda girl. And usually tall. I can’t say 100 per cent I’d come up to you in a bar and buy you a drink.

Bryce Ruthven wearing a tux on Married At First Sight
Bryce said he is 'horrified' over the reponse to last night's episode. Photo: Nine

“When I first saw you I thought, ‘Not my type’. But, I thought, she’s not … ugly?"

Bryce continued, saying: "Were you hoping I’d say I thought you were the most gorgeous girl in the world … or? Is that the answer you were hoping for?”

Melissa ended up in tears but somehow ended up being the one to apologise in the end.

Speaking to Kyle and Jackie O, Bryce said this morning: “I am absolutely horrified looking back at that.”

“I do a lot of speaking before I speak, it’s probably my worst trait, so obviously the whole country saw last night me in fine form and obviously just thinking out loud and yeah look I’m copping it a bit this morning aren’t I?”

Bryce and Melissa on MAFS
Bryce and Melissa ran into a bit of trouble while answering questions from an 'honestly box'. Photo: Nine

Bryce said his mum is also “blowing up” at him, saying “I love Melissa, how can you do that to her” and I'm like “mum this was filmed six months ago.”

“There’s a lot of stuff we didn’t see in that conversation. I did add in there that attraction grows over time. “

“Obviously last night I had a few words that probably could have been said differently and if I had my time again would I do things differently? Probably a lot different.

Melissa Rawson crying on MAFS
Melissa was left in tears after the honestly box. Photo: Nine

When Kyle asked if the couple were intimate with each other on most nights at the beginning of the experiment, Bryce responded: “It’s a honeymoon Kyle, what do you reckon? There was a fair bit going on.”

Bryce also addressed claims that he was still with his ex fiance when he applied for the show, saying that he 100% was broken up with her.

He says his relationship ended after Easter last year (April) and his wedding with Melissa was filmed in September.

Photo: Channel Nine
Photo: Channel Nine

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