Channel 4 deny Married At First Sight ‘is fake’ as they slam ‘staged’ claims
MAFS: First trans bride discussing why she deserves love
Channel 4 have denied claims that Married At First Sight is fake after reports emerged they staged scenes in the upcoming series.
The show returns on September 18 and viewers will see the first ever trans participant Ella Morgan, who was born male and transitioned into a woman when she was 20, marry and take some hours to tell her new husband her gender history.
It appears that the man is left in shock when he learns he has just wed a trans woman.
The channel subsequently admitted that they had in fact informed him about Ella’s background before they married, leading to claims that they had duped viewers.
However a Channel 4 Spokesperson defended the show’s integrity explaining to Express.co.uk: “Whilst Ella’s groom had been made aware that she was a trans woman, their on screen meeting was the first opportunity for her to talk to her new husband about her transition, in detail and in person.
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“What viewers see on screen is the genuine reaction of Ella and her groom on meeting for the first time and having the opportunity to discuss their respective personal stories.
“Prior to this, and in keeping with the format of the show, the couple had never met or spoken and were strangers.”
The premise of Married At First Sight, which is aired E4, sees contestants marry without knowing who they are tying the knot with until they meet them at the altar.
Therefore, by not revealing Ella’s identity to her mystery groom technically they have adhered to the premise.
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Ella, who is a 29-year-old clinic consultant from Weston-Super-Mare, is making history as the shows first ever trans participant as she hopes to find love alongside seven other brides.
She is fully aware of the impact that her appearance on the programme will have saying: “This experiment is so much more than just me getting married.
“I see this as a big deal for someone who has transitioned.”
Prior to the show she claimed that she “loves love and she cannot wait to settle down with the right person one day” it remains to be seen which of the eight potential grooms the experts will pair her with.
MArried At First Sight returns to E4 on September 18th.
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