Controversial Married At First Sight groom Bryce Ruthven has slammed claims that he was keen for an ex to leak an alleged sex tape in hopes it would launch his reality TV career á la Kim Kardashian.
The shocking claims stem from a screenshot of an alleged Facebook message sent by Bryce to his friends in 2016 which was published by Woman's Day on Monday morning.
Messages were 'Photoshopped'
The magazine claims that the 31-year-old was discussing alleged sex tapes 'doing the rounds' among his mates.
"I don't care what [name redacted] says about these 'apparent videos'," the radio host reportedly wrote in the message.
"If [the videos] exist she should release them cause it could propel me into a reality TV series like the Kardashians," he reportedly added.
Bryce has vehemently denied sending any such message, telling Daily Mail that the screenshot was doctored.
"Someone has clearly sent [Women's Day] a Photoshopped picture. You think it looks genuine?" he told the publication.
'Find it funny'
Bryce went on to point out that his Facebook Messenger app 'doesn’t look like that' and questioned why 'the name of the person, their profile image, etc' were absent from the screenshot.
He added that he found it funny that these types of claims and tip-offs tended to be made by anonymous sources rather than a real person.
"I find it funny there's never any names attached to these things, just 'an ex' or 'a source'. All these claims seem as genuine as a leather handbag from Bali," he said.
Bryce has been contacted for comment.
It's not the first time Bryce has been caught up in an alleged text message scandal. Back in March, Woman's Day claimed to have obtained screenshots of 'inappropriate' texts he'd reportedly sent MAFS 2020 bride Connie Crayden in April last year.
While their conversations were "quite platonic" to begin with, Connie told the publication that Bryce's messages soon became overly "flirtatious and sexualised" leaving her feeling uncomfortable and 'guilty' for his then-fiancée Lana.
Bryce hasn't been shy about his quest for fame, either. He once had his sights firmly set on becoming an actor — that's if he couldn't make it as a soccer player first.
"Soccer is my main priority at the moment," the then 20-year-old told The Morning Bulletin in 2010.
"But if it doesn't work out I will definitely keep pursuing acting," he added.
When he was just a fresh-faced teen, he landed a three-month guest role on beloved Channel 7 soap, Home & Away in 2008.
And according to his LinkedIn profile, Bryce also appeared on the long-running medical drama All Saints and Stupid, Stupid Man, a comedy about a fictional men's magazine.
Despite leaving soccer and acting behind in favour of a career in radio, his dreams of the silver screen were still clearly on his mind in 2013 when he made his standup comedy debut.
During the eyebrow-raising routine, filmed when he worked as a radio presenter on Gippsland-based station TRFM, Bryce jokes about how his bad driving might see him featured on the doco series RBT.
"If I do end up on RBT I could get my acting career back up," he told the crowd.
He then goes on to talk about the 'birds' — presumably the female actors — on Home & Away, saying that he'd be keen to bump into one of them in the Saloon Bar in Traralgon.
"Some of the birds in Summer Bay, have you seen Home & Away? Anyone agree with me? If only I could get one of them in Saloon on a Saturday night, I tell you what..." he trails off.
Earlier in the routine, Bryce calls himself a 'Black person stuck inside a white person's body'.
"There's a bit of a thing going around on stage, I cop a bit of s**t," he tells the silent crowd.
"Because... I'm a Black person stuck inside a white person's body," he adds to a patter of awkward laughs.
He also makes references to taking home 'drunk women' at 3am.
After the recently resurfaced clip did the rounds on social media, outraged MAFS fans branded Bryce's comedic efforts 'disgusting' and 'problematic'.
Also while at TRFM, Bryce appeared in multiple videos including a parody of Jimmy Barnes' hit "Working Class Man" called "Twerking Class Man" where he attempts to learn how to twerk al la Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMAs.
In another video, Bryce has his legs waxed by actor Samuel Johnson and also takes part in a Snog, Marry, Avoid spoof where 76 per cent of local Gippsland women said they would avoid him.
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