MAFS' Martha details 'horrific' LA holiday as crime takes over the city

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After announcing their engagement earlier this month, Married at First Sight's Martha Kalifatidis and fiancé Michael Brunelli revealed they were actually in the US, enjoying a trip to LA.

However, it seems as though the trip has been slightly disappointing as the city has changed so much since the Covid pandemic struck last year.

Married At First Sight's Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli
Married At First Sight's Martha Kalifatidis has revealed her trip to LA hasn't quite been the dream trip she and Michael had been hoping for. Photo: Instagram/Martha Kalifatidis

During an Instagram Q&A, a follower asked Martha how LA has been, as they are visiting for the first time in January.

Martha responded, saying she has been very disappointed with the city, writing: "Guys, LA was terrible! We went back because we loved it so much when we were there two years ago... but it's not the same.


"It's changed so much since Covid," she explained. "The homelessness situation is so bad. I can't even begin to describe it. We drove past a lifeless body face down in a gutter outside a gas station on Melrose, f**king Melrose! [People] driving and walking past it completely unbothered!"

The reality star continued: "It was horrific, I couldn't eat for the rest of the day after seeing that. I felt sick. The crime rate is up 300%! Every Uber driver told us to beware, don't wear anything flashy because [people] have been getting robbed at gunpoint.

Martha speaks about 'horrifying' LA trip
Martha shared how disappointed she was with the trip, saying crime has skyrocketed since Covid. Photo: Instagram/Martha Kalifatidis

"Nowhere is safe. Even Beverly Hills is super dangerous and experiencing [violent] crimes daily. The news over here is so different, we don't hear about anything going on, so we booked a stay here completely unaware."

She added, "The mayor of LA just announced any tourist wanting to visit should stay away! It's such a scary time, we are so lucky in Australia! I will not be coming back to LA/USA for a very long time! It's been horrifying! We felt completely unsafe the entire time!"

In another slide, another follower asked where Martha and Michael are going next, to which she responded, "We had planned to do 10 days in NYC, but we've cancelled. We looked at going to London for the 10 days and maybe doing a few days in Paris, but due to Covid we can't risk it."

Martha continued: "The UK are implementing more lockdown laws again and we don't want to be stuck away from our family for Christmas. The truth is, it's just not a good time to travel. We thought we would be fine, we didn't want Covid to rule our lives, so we decided to come [overseas].

Martha speaks about travel
Martha then shared that she and Michael have cancelled their NYC portion of the trip because they don't want to get stuck in the States and miss Christmas. Photo: Instagram/Martha Kalifatidis
Martha and Michael on a plane
Martha added that she and Michael have been avoiding crowds during their travels so as to lessen their chances of catching Covid. Photo: Instagram/Martha Kalifatidis

"It's been nice getting away, but I wouldn't recommend travelling out of Australia at all right now. After seeing the mess in the USA I feel so grateful for where we live. We are so lucky."

She finished, saying: "Also we have such beautiful places to visit back home. I'm excited to get back and explore."

In another slide, she was asked if she was nervous about getting Covid overseas and she said: "[To be honest] yes, we have been avoiding crowds etc. Although they are diligent about wearing masks and checking vax certificates."

Martha did have one positive thing to say about her trip, saying she's enjoyed the break and being off social media constantly.

Martha's engagement ring
Martha also shared that Michael picked out the engagement ring on his own. Photo: Instagram/Martha Kalifatidis

Michael also did a Q&A with many followers eager to know more about the proposal. One user asked if he'd ever forget the look on Martha's face when he popped the question and he said, "Never. She's the type of person that is controlled and collected in any situation, you can't throw her off no matter what... But she was speechless when it happened."

Martha added on her Instagram Stories that she "had no f**king idea" that Michael was going to propose when he did, adding that Michael chose the ring on his own.

"I'm obsessed," she said of the ring. "It's perfect. Perfectly understated, I hate flashy sparkly engagement rings. That's just my style. I like it simple so that when I feel like bling I can layer it.

"Also I'd consider myself a tomboy so a bedazzled ring would not suit me at all. I love this rock, the sleek cut and way the light flashes off it kind of like a mirror. It looks like an ice block and I love that."

She added that she has a wedding dress in mind that she loves, but thinks others will hate it so she won't share it.

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