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MAFS: The surprising couple rumoured to be involved in 'cheating scandal'

EXCLUSIVE: Here are the two participants who will reportedly do a 'couple swap' this season.

Warning: This article contains spoilers about MAFS!

There’s been some version of a cheating scandal on every season of Married At First Sight for the past few years, and it appears season 11 will be no different.

While the storyline is yet to air on TV, Yahoo Lifestyle has obtained photos of two co-stars looking very cosy after filming the reality show.

The snaps show Jono McCullough, who is paired with Lauren Dunn, attending his co-star Ellie Dix’s work Christmas party in December.

MAFS’ Jono attended Ellie’s work Christmas party in December. Photos: Instagram
MAFS’ Jono attended Ellie’s work Christmas party in December. Photos: Instagram

Their outing came two months after filming wrapped in October and one month after the cast filmed the reunion in November.

The opening teaser for this year’s season has already hinted at a huge scandal set to divide the cast and rock the experiment “to its core”.

“Which groom will be exposed in one of the most confronting scandals in MAFS history?” the voiceover announced.

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Jono and Ellie are yet to comment publicly about their rumoured relationship, however, Ellie spoke about her connection with her groom Ben Walters during an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle last week and revealed if she ever had eyes for anyone else in the experiment.

“No, to be honest, my eyes were just on Ben,” she said. “And I'm just like, so grateful to have such a great match. We got along like a house on fire, so my eyes were not straying.”

MAFS’ Ellie at her wedding.
Ellie previously told Yahoo that her eyes ‘were not straying’ in the experiment. Photo: Instagram

Channel Nine 'furious' after stars go rogue

The photos of Jono and Ellie come shortly after an insider told Yahoo Lifestyle last month that Channel Nine executives were “furious” that one couple had gone rogue and made a public appearance at Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast before the season premiered.

According to our source at Nine, new plans were being rolled out to “silence” the two cast members after their “bold move”.

“They must know they are breaking their signed agreement with the Nine Network,” the source shared. “No one's more happy for contestants to actually find love but they are going to need to be more secretive for now and keep their time on the show hidden from the public.

“These 2024 contestants have all completed filming for the eleventh series and while some may have walked away with a loving relationship, others have been left to lick their wounds. Either way, they have signed contracts forbidding them from ruining storylines.”

Meanwhile, season 10 bride Melinda Willis revealed during an appearance on Yahoo Australia’s Behind The Edit podcast last week that this year’s cast is very rebellious.

“We thought our season was bad, but I’ve heard this season [the cast] got to the end and they were just like, ‘I don’t care’,” she shared. “So I don’t know how that’s going to go because if you annoy the producers, then that’s not a good thing.”

Subscribe to Yahoo Australia's Behind The Edit and listen to the full interview with Melinda Willis here.

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