MAFS’ Selin shares producer secrets and warning for future brides

She might not have been in the experiment for the longest amount of time, but Selin Mengu definitely sparked plenty of drama during her stint on this year’s season of Married At First Sight.

The mother-of-one, who was paired with Anthony Cincotta on the show, quickly became well known for her outspoken personality, savage comebacks and ‘tell it like it is’ attitude.

MAFS' Selin.
MAFS’ Selin Mengu opens up about her time on the show and what she thought about her portrayal. Photo: Channel Nine

Now, Selin has chatted with Yahoo Lifestyle all about her MAFS experience, what fans didn’t get to see and how much impact the producers really have on the participants.

“For me personally, there was a little bit of a push from producers,” she shares.

“I remember at the first hens night they asked, ‘What do you think of Dom [Calarco]?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I think she's great. She's very strong-minded and she says what she wants. She seems like that kind of girl and I like that’.

“And they said, ‘Oh so you think Dom’s a bitch?’. And I said, ‘No, that's not what I said’. But they keep repeating it, so if you had been drinking, you might just say something off the back of what they're saying.”


Selin admits she found it difficult watching the season on TV because her on-screen portrayal was very different to how she thought she would be shown.

“In my view, I was a little bit disappointed because I was so confident coming out that I'll be painted in the way that I actually am and it was, to be honest, the polar opposite,” she says.

“And I thought, ‘Gosh, I've just stuck up for myself, that’s all I've done here, and here I am looking like a man basher'. But towards the end, I got good feedback and people wished I stayed on the show, so overall it was fine, whatever.”


She went on to say that while she understands the show has to be edited, it’s “frustrating” that viewers often don’t get to see the entire context behind certain moments.

“For example, someone's yelling at you or arguing with you and you retaliate, and then they just show that part where you say something back and they don't show what happened leading up to it,” she details.

“So obviously, if someone's going to push your buttons, at some point as a human being you may get ticked off.”

MAFS' Selin drinking wine.
‘I was so confident coming out that I'll be painted in the way that I actually am and it was, to be honest, the polar opposite.’ Photo: Channel Nine

‘Just have fun with it’

Speaking about her advice for future MAFS stars, Selin says it’s essential that they read their contracts and have a good understanding of what they’re signing up for.

“What is in your contract is definitely what's going to happen,” she asserts.

“You know, chop, change, edit, slice, whatever, they'll do it. You might sit here and say, ‘bitch’, and then say, ‘Selin’, and then they'll put two and two together, so you’ve got to be ready for that. That's what can happen.”

She continues: “Kind of treat it like you're on Home and Away or something, to be honest. Don't treat it like actual reality, like ‘this is how you are’. It’s not like that. So I think you have to treat it like you are in a soap opera or something like that. Just have fun with it.”

Despite the tumultuous experience, Selin admits that she would probably consider going on MAFS for a second time just like participants have done in the past.

“I definitely know exactly what it takes being in the experiment, what’s obviously going to be cut out, you might not be portrayed in a certain way, and obviously the after-effects,” she says.

“I don't know, maybe. I wouldn't say no, but I wouldn't be like, ‘Oh my god yes!’ either.”

MAFS' Selin attending a dinner party.
Selin admits she’d definitely consider going on MAFS again. Photo: Channel Nine


Now that the season has wrapped, Selin says she is excited to spend more time with her son, focus on connecting with her social media followers and get back out in the dating world.

She also hints that she might soon be following in the footsteps of her co-star Olivia Frazer by signing up to OnlyFans - but not for the reason people would think.

“Honestly, I would say daily if not every couple of days I get requests for feet pics,” she shares. “Like, ‘Oh my god you have beautiful feet’, ‘Why don't you put an anklet on there?’, ‘Can I have a feet pic I’ll pay you like £1000 (A$1750)’"

“So yeah, I never thought of joining OnlyFans, but if I join it at the start to begin with my feet - I mean, I don't think my feet are beautiful, but people have this foot fetish. So maybe I can start with that, we’ll see. I don't know, let’s see where the interest is.

“You never know. If that's going to help my OnlyFans and do it in a PG version then why not?”

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