MAFSA season 8: Expert claims Bryce’s behaviour ‘worrying’ after channel investigation

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Married at First Sight Australia is never short of drama, whether it’s arguments between couples, affairs or just awkward interactions between newlyweds. The reality series returned for season eight on E4 after airing first in Australia earlier this year. Many fans around the world have already watched the early days of Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson’s relationship.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from MAFS Australia.

Following their big day, fans thought Melissa and Bryce were off to a good start as they consummated their marriage on the wedding night.

But it wasn’t long before fans started to complain that they felt he was “gaslighting” his new bride-to-be.

He first started putting doubts in viewers’ minds when he said she wasn’t his usual type and ranked her looks behind some of the other wives.

Match’s dating and body language expert Hayley Quinn expressed how he had gone into “unnecessary detail” about who he was actually attracted to.

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He insisted his wife was “not ugly” and when she later asked for reassurance, Bryce threatened to walk out if she questioned his intentions again.

His behaviour on Married at First Sight Australia struck a chord with fans the first time the series was shown Down

Under with the country’s media watchdog ACMA receiving more than 50 complaints.

Season eight was the most complained-about series in MAFSA history.

ACMA, however, cleared Channel 9 of any wrongdoing against the Commercial Television Code of Practice.

At the time of the show’s first broadcast, a Change.org petition was set up, asking for Channel 9 to issue an apology for airing “triggering” scenes

The watchdog didn’t look into Bryce’s behaviour or if the channel did not provide the correct duty of care but assessed whether the episodes complied with the requirements of the code of practice.

According to an ACMA spokesperson, one of the episodes in question was “handled with care, extensively critiqued and adequately contextualised”.

With the same series airing in the UK, a new lot of viewers are concerned with how Melissa has been treated on the show.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk about Bryce shutting his wife’s questions down, Quinn commented: “Anyone with some degree of emotional intelligence could have seen within that moment Melissa needed reassurance.

“However, Bryce’s defensive reaction to being questioned, then threatening to leave, shut down the conversation and her ability to question him.

“Seeking reassurance in a relationship shouldn’t be met with a threat to leave, and when someone asks a question, they deserve an answer to it.

“Bryce’s ability to manipulate the argument back around onto Melissa is clearly gaslighting – and worrying, particularly for someone who needs their self-esteem in relationships to be rebuilt.”

Despite concerns from MAFS Australia fans, Bryce and Melissa are still together a year after filming came to an end.

They have now actually started a family of their own as the couple welcomed twin boys earlier this month.

Their sons are doing well even though they were born 10 weeks prematurely and have been named Levi and Tate.

Married at First Sight Australia season 8 is currently airing on E4.

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