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MAFS EXCLUSIVE: Dom Calarco defends Tayla amid backlash

The season nine bride has shared her thoughts on this year's cast.

Former Married At First Sight bride Domenica Calarco has defended this season’s intruder Tayla Winter and argued that she’s receiving the “worst edit” amongst the cast.

The 27-year-old nurse has been criticised by fans online after she forced her husband Hugo Armstrong to sleep on the couch during their honeymoon and said he’s the opposite of what she asked for because he’s “not a man’s man”.

.MAFS’ Domenica Calarco and Ella Ding.
MAFS’ Domenica Calarco and Ella Ding have shared their thoughts on this year’s participants. Photo: Instagram/domenica.calarco

Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle about week four of the experiment alongside her former co-star Ella Ding, Dom shared her “controversial” opinion that Tayla isn’t being accurately depicted on TV.

“I know she’s just come in, but I personally think she maybe is being portrayed in the wrong way because of certain things she says and how she acts,” she said.

“Not giving her free reign because she was very mean to Hugo, but I think there's a lot more there.”

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The Sit With Us podcast host added that she also has “a lot of sympathy” for Melissa Sheppard, who left the show last week after her controversial split from Josh White.

“Melissa reached out to me and I spoke to her on the phone,” she revealed. “I think she was quite goaded by the producers to be about ‘sex sex sex’ and she definitely got prodded and provoked.”

“I think that she might have been a bit manipulated,” Ella chimed in. “When you're in there it is very easy to kind of fall under this spell with producers. There were moments when I was kind of falling for it as well.

“You do feel like you can trust them. I felt like I could trust mine and then nope.”

The 'edit'

Ella went on to say that because she was her most authentic self during filming, she never had any worries about how she would come across on TV.

“If you’re just being you, you’re not really thinking about your edit,” she remarked. “When we were in there, I know Mitch [Eynaud] was getting really nervous and anxious and he was like, I know how they're gonna make me out to be. And I was like, well that’s because that's who you are.

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“If people are feeling a certain way about how they're going to be betrayed, it’s because they already know that they might not be seen in a very good light.”

Dom added: “If you're a good person and if you're just being yourself then you have nothing to worry about.”

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