Married at First Sight couple Brad Skelly and Shona Manderson have broken their silence after a “bullying” argument broke out.
Viewers called on producers to intervene and remove Brad from the show, claiming his behavior towards his wife Shona was “controlling”.
Fans of the E4 hit took to social media to express their anger at the heavily colored reality star after he told Shona to “shut up” and were frustrated when she was upset that the other couples didn’t think they were real.
Brad snapped at Shona during tonight’s dinner party, telling her she needed “external validation” before telling her to stop talking.
“You have to let it go,” he snapped, not allowing her to speak.
Then, when Shona tried to contribute to the conversation, Brad barked, “Shut up! Keep your mouth shut!”
His tone elicited a shocked reaction from the experts watching in an adjacent room.
“Ooooh, wow,” said a stunned Mel Schilling.
Fans of the show were also unimpressed and took to X, formerly Twitter, to urge the producers to get involved.
“Brad shows his true colors as a manipulative bully tonight,” complained one viewer.
“I really hope this gets fixed as Shona seems very vulnerable. This is clearly the start of an abusive relationship, please support her,” said a second.
A third added: “The way he finds it so easy to manipulate and control her not only in front of a large group of people but in front of the cameras is so worrying.”
And a fourth agreed: “Brad shows so many abusive and toxic traits.”
However, when the episode finished airing. Both Brad and Shona took to social media.
Brad claimed the editing didn’t tell the whole story.
He shared a picture of himself in bed covering his face with the caption: “This edit was hard to watch.”
The model also added: “Always remember that you only see cleavage for dramatic purposes. Try not to show emotional resilience to a person you have never sat down and had a physical conversation with.”
Shona, on the other hand, didn’t blame the editing but instead thanked fans for their support.
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Responding to a kind fan who sent her greetings, she said: “Thank you so much. Tonight was hard to watch. I’ll come back to it tomorrow morning. Love to you all.”
She also commented in another post addressed to her fans that she was “feeling the love from all of you” and commented on “all the support” she has received.