MAFS' Melissa felt 'attacked' and 'humiliated' by mum shamers

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Married At First Sight's Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson made headlines after being involved in a punch up at a celebrity boxing match with their former co-star Sam Carraro the week before Christmas.

The pair has always remained firm on the fact that Bryce didn't throw a punch during the violent clash with the reality star slamming Sam for even trying to get into a fight when Melissa was sitting so close by.

Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson at boxing match
MAFS' Melissa Rawson has revealed she never felt so 'attacked and humiliated' by trolls after attending the infamous boxing match that resulted in her fiancé Bryce Ruthven being involved in a fight with former co-star Sam Carraro. Photo: Instagram/Bryce Ruthven

"The fact that he had a closed fist around a woman is just disgusting behaviour," Bryce said in an Instagram video after the event.

"He's interested in creating this publicity, persona, that there's some feud. I've got no interest in it. I don't have anything to do with him literally outside of a TV show."

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And while some fans have been supportive of Bryce and Melissa, others have been slamming the pair for being out at the match in the first place so soon after bringing their newborn twins Levi and Tate home from the hospital after they were born 10 weeks premature in October.

Speaking on their What Happens After... podcast Melissa said: "Wow, I've never ever felt so attacked, hurt and humiliated by other people on social media.

Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven pose with twins
While some fans have been supportive of Bryce and Melissa, others have been slamming the pair for being out at the match in the first place. Photo: Instagram/Bryce Ruthven

"You know, how I should be raising my children or what I should be doing or, you know, where I can go ... I thought everything after MAFS was bad. This is worse. I copped hate during MAFS, but this is a different level of hate," she added.

"Wow... You're definitely entitled to your opinion, but don't sprout your own personal opinions and beliefs onto my page because I have no issues with blocking you."

She added that she and Bryce are doing the best that they can as parents and are thankful for their support network.

"I'm so sensitive to what other people say... people that are nasty and so opinionated and hurtful, you don't know the harm that you're doing."

Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven on Christmas with their twins
Melissa said she is trying her best as a parent, adding, "I'm so sensitive to what other people say... people that are nasty and so opinionated and hurtful, you don't know the harm that you're doing." Photo: Instagram/Bryce Ruthven

"I think one thing we discovered in the past week that just because you're a parent doesn't mean that you're an expert and just because you do something a certain way it doesn't mean it will work for other parents and their lifestyle," Bryce added.

Melissa also spoke about the backlash she received after sharing a photo of herself drinking a cocktail while out with friends, saying, "You don't know just by looking at a photo about a person's situation."

"I've been very open with my breastfeeding journey, and unfortunately, I'm no longer breastfeeding because I'm no longer able to produce milk," she explained. "Having people attack me online and sending me DMS about drinking alcohol and, (yes) you know, I had one drink, but I'm not breastfeeding. I didn't put my children in danger at all."

Melissa Rawson with cocktail
Melissa also spoke about backlash she received after sharing a photo of herself drinking a cocktail while out with friends. Photo: Instagram/Melissa Rawson

Melissa has previously spoken about the "mum guilt" she felt for trying to enjoy time with Bryce away from their babies.

She told the Daily Mail people were wrong to think she and Bryce "just lifted the boys out of NICU and went out", adding the boys had actually been brought home two weeks earlier. 

Bryce told the publication that he and Melissa felt like it was important for them to spend a night out with friends, which is something "every parent" does.

"I guess one thing that's always been told to us from family and friends is that you've got to also focus on your relationship with each other, and make sure that stays strong and basically that's what we were doing," he said.

"The boys were in safe and capable hands with Melissa's parents; we wouldn't just leave them with anyone,” he remarked, before adding with a laugh, "We could have taken them to the boxing! But it probably wasn't the right environment for them to be fair."

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