Channel 4 slam claims MAFS Nathanial was talked into marrying trans bride

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    Married at First Sight UK groom Nathanial Valentino claims that he was "talked into" marrying transgender bride Ella Morgan.

    Fans of the E4 social experiment watched the couple tie the knot in front of their friends and family in a stunning ceremony in recent scenes. However, things later turned sour on their honeymoon when Nathanial brought up Ella's past as a "stripper". He has since hit out at the show claiming that the process "broke him".

    He told the Mirror that the show is a "complete shame" and claimed couples are manipulated by "goblins" who provoke conflict between the newlyweds. Nathanial revealed that he quit the show early and said that show bosses have no interest in the couples finding true love.

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    A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “Nathanial entered this process voluntarily with full and informed consent, and in this instance was actually provided with more information than we would ordinarily share with cast members, to make him aware that his bride was trans. The matching process entails a detailed interrogation of every participant’s preferences and none of these would be overlooked when deciding who to pair them with.

    "The welfare of all contributors on Married at First Sight UK is our top priority and we ensure that appropriate support is available to contributors at all times before, during and after filming – including 24/7 access to a member of the welfare team or psych support. "The show is an unscripted reality series which follows real events as they naturally unfold, and is in no way scripted."

    Nathanial told the publication: "I was told they matched me with a lovely girl who was transgender. My first reaction was 'no' because I felt that just wasn’t me, and I told them so. But they encouraged me to think about it, saying if I didn’t take part it would ruin this girl’s story. And by that point I had also turned down a work contract because I thought I’d be going on the show. So I agreed. My only deal-breakers were that she didn’t smoke and didn’t work in the sex industry.

    "That’s why I was angry when I learned, before we went on honeymoon, Ella smoked and worked as a stripper. But when I asked to speak to my welfare person, I was told it wasn’t a good time." It was reported last week that Ella cheated on Nathanial with another groom on the show.

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    Nathanial has since claimed that he grew close to another woman on the show but bosses stopped it. He went on: “Myself and another girl grew close and we sneaked on to a balcony to confide our feelings. But she told me that when she spoke to producers about it, the response was: 'That won’t be believable. Nathanial is gay'.

    "At that point I knew I had to get out. I felt I was being strangled and it brought out an ugly side of me. I knew I was going to tear the place down, so I quit."

    Married at First Sight UK airs Monday to Thursday on E4 at 9pm

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