MAFS star Nathanial Valentino has opened up on his experience on the hit Channel 4 show and said the “pressure” and “manipulation” received from the show's producers led to “anxiety attacks” amongst the cast.
Nathanial, 36, was seen by MAFS viewers last week marrying 29-year-old transgender nurse Ella Morgan and after a rocky start to his journey, decided to leave the show early.
Nathanial has claimed that the producers were involved in the couple's storylines, however, Channel 4 have insisted “the show is an unscripted reality series”.
Speaking about his experience on the show, Nathaniel told the Sunday Mirror: “One couple were really broken down by their manipulations. I watched a person have a full-on panic attack in my apartment."
The star also revealed to the publication there was an occasion where he was having a “great conversation with Ella” before she was “pulled away” and “five minutes later” they were involved in an argument.
Nathanial went on to say: “This show needs to have a ‘For Entertainment Purposes’ all over it. If you go on, you will have a devil whispering in your ear the entire time. There are couples with a beautiful connection. But with Ella, the show created a monster. I didn’t know who I was marrying. Some of the welfare just wasn’t there.”
Channel 4 released a statement which said: "Nathanial entered this with full and informed consent and was provided with more information than we would ordinarily share, to make him aware that his bride was trans.
“The matching process entails a detailed interrogation of participant’s preferences and none of these would be overlooked when deciding who to pair them with. The welfare of all contributors is our top priority and we ensure support is available before, during and after filming – including 24/7 access to welfare or psych support.
“The show is an unscripted reality series which follows real events as they naturally unfold and is in no way scripted.”
Fans witnessed Nathanial and Ella engaging in an explosive argument earlier in this week after Ella pushed Nathanial to show her affection and tell her if he was sexually attracted to her.
He, in turn, told her that he needed to form a friendship first, as he told the cameras that he had an issue with her behaving one way on camera and another when it was just the two of them.
After the episode aired, Nathanial took to Instagram to thank his followers for their support. The reality star said: "Thank you all for your kind messages, it really means a lot. This process broke me with lies and cover-ups”.
He added: "To the others 10%, hate to call out my community LGBT+. Look at people's actions and behaviour, not just presentation."
Married at First Sight UK continues on E4 Monday – Thursday at 9pm
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