MAFS' Melissa breaks silence on 'the real' Bryce

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Married at First Sight's Melissa Rawson has broken her silence on 'the real' side to her TV husband, Bryce Ruthven, following several controversial episodes of the show.

In video obtained by Daily Mail, the bride and groom were quizzed about their relationship and Bryce's on-screen 'edit' by reporters on Wednesday after arriving at Sydney airport.

MAFS' Melissa Rawson has broken her silence and opened up about 'the real' side to her TV husband, Bryce Ruthven. Photo: Channel Nine.
MAFS' Melissa Rawson has broken her silence and opened up about 'the real' side to her TV husband, Bryce Ruthven. Photo: Channel Nine.

'The real Bryce'

While radio host Bryce did most of the talking, workplace trainer Melissa was able to get a word in when asked for her thoughts on the way her beau has been portrayed on Channel Nine's social experiment.

"I know the real Bryce," the 31-year-old said as Bryce collected their bags from the conveyor belt.

"What everyone is seeing... it's a great edit, I'll say that," she added with a smile.

Despite the backlash from MAFS fans following his various clashes with fellow contestants and his treatment of Melissa, Bryce appeared completely content with how he's come across to the Australian public.

"What do you think about the edit?" a reporter asked, to which he replied: "The edit is definitely part of me, the good parts and bad parts."

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Melissa stands by her 'husband' Bryce even though he wrote 'Leave' then crossed it out and wrote 'Stay' at the latest commitment ceremony Photo: Channel Nine.
Melissa stood by her 'husband' Bryce even though he wrote 'Leave' then crossed it out and wrote 'Stay' at the latest commitment ceremony Photo: Channel Nine.

'Great edit'

The reporter went on to question how much of what we see on TV is Bryce's true character and how much comes down to the way the program is edited.

"I think everyone else can work it out for themselves," Bryce grinned. "I've had a great edit I reckon. I'm really happy with it."

When quizzed on reports that multiple complaints have been made to the Australian Communications and Media Authority by outraged MAFS viewers, Bryce was tight-lipped.

"I think that's something the producers might have to answer. It's not up to me to put the show together," he responded.

As the couple made to leave with their luggage, Bryce revealed that he and Melissa were 'very happy' and had met each other's parents.

Bryce gives Beck a kiss on the cheek during the explosive MAFS 'couples retreat'. Photo: Channel Nine.
Bryce gives Beck a kiss on the cheek during the explosive MAFS 'couples retreat'. Photo: Channel Nine.

Retreat uproar

Bryce and Melissa's comments come after an explosive 'couples retreat' episode went to air in which Bryce sarcastically planted a kiss on bride Beck Zemek’s cheek leaving her in tears.

First, Bryce tells a puzzled Jake: "I'll crown you the king of the experiment" before marching over to Jake’s ‘wife’ Beck and kissing her on the cheek, saying: "You know what? You're the queen."

The bizarre move saw normally laidback groom Patrick fire up and call Bryce "disgusting" while the rest of the contestants looked on in outrage.

Ahead of the episode, Bryce told the Kyle & Jackie O Show that what happened between himself and Beck was "not really a kiss".

“You know how you greet someone, give them a hug, say hello, kiss on the cheek sort of thing,” he explained.

Bryce went on to accuse Beck of breaking down in "fake tears" after the incident.

"She gives me a big shove away and then breaks down in fake tears," he claimed.

Both Beck and Jake had previously called Bryce out over his decision to write 'Leave' and then cross it out to put 'Stay' at the latest commitment ceremony, leaving Melissa confused and upset.

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