MAFS Australia star brands show "dangerous" amid "unethical edit" claims
Married at First Sight Australia contestant Tayla Winter has made some shocking claims about her time appearing on the dating show.
Tayla took part in the tenth season of MAFS Australia, which sees singles get married to someone they've never met. She was partnered with Hugo Armstrong, but the couple broke up before the final ceremony.
In a recent TV interview on Channel 7's Sunrise, Tayla spoke about her time on the show and claimed she wasn't given a fair edit, saying she believes the potential impact on contestants' mental health is "dangerous".
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"The way it's done is unethical," Tayla told Sunrise. "I think that going into the show, I had no idea how controlled it would be. There is a lot of manipulation and it's pretty scary.
"Production was pretending to be your best friend the entire time, and you build a trust with what you think is a really strong relationship with them."
Tayla also said she and some of her co-stars were "struggling" during their time on MAFS.
"I think it's really dangerous... I know that some of my cast mates are really struggling. I've been struggling," she said. "I hope that people just understand what it's really like. And that's why I'm trying to spread a bit of awareness about it because it is dangerous."
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In response, a Nine spokesperson commented: “Nine and Endemol Shine takes its obligations in respect to the health and wellbeing of the participants of this program extremely seriously.
"All participants have access to the show psychologist during filming, during broadcast and once the program has ended.
"Nine also have an additional service for participants should they like or need further individual and confidential psychological support. This service gives participants access to clinicians who have been specifically engaged to support those involved in the program in relation to their experiences.
"This service is available to all participants for as long as they need it, it does not end.”
The statement continued: “Nine provides all participants with ongoing support for the duration of the show and we monitor all participants’ social media accounts so that we are aware of and manage any negative commentary.
"We are very proactive in this space, and care for the health and wellbeing of the participants.
"As a result of the level of interest in the participant’s personal lives and volume of commentary on every post, Nine manages all individual MAFS social accounts with their permission, as an extra measure of protecting them from negativity."
Married at First Sight UK airs on E4 in the UK. Married at First Sight Australia airs on Nine Network in Australia and E4 in the UK.
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