Married at First Sight UK star Mark Kiley has shared his thoughts on Ella Morgan and JJ Slater returning to the experiment as a couple despite being originally matched with other people.
The Customer Service Manager said he was left "angry" when Ella and JJ returned to filming of the E4 reality show as a couple after their first marriages failed. Ella was paired with Nathanial Valentino by the show's relationship experts but they didn't work out and she ended up falling for JJ, who was married to Bianca Petronzi.
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JJ and Ella's secret messages behind Bianca were exposed during an explosive dinner party sending shockwaves through the group and ended up leaving both Nathanial and Bianca heartbroken and furious with their partners.
In recent episodes, Ella and JJ made a bombshell return to the experiment and Mark has shared what he really thought about the duo being brought back. He told Daily Star: "Ella sat down next to me and said 'your not happy to see me are you?' and I was like 'We'll talk later' and she asked: 'Are you or aren't you?' but I don't think they should have come back.
"I don't think it's right for the show and gives the wrong message. It's nothing against them as people as they are both lovely but I don't think it should have been allowed. When the experts said to them in the commitment ceremony 'go out and work on yourself' I think they should have stayed out and worked on it in the outside.
"There was no need for them to come back and I think a lot of fans watching feel the same that once the couples go, that should be it. I was getting really angry about it but at the end of the day it's for TV and for entertainment so I get they've still got to bring that factor and bring viewers in. If I got the chance to come back with JJ would I? Yes i probably would so hats off to Ella."
JJ has been forced to jump into the defence of Ella after she was subjected to vile transphobic abuse as news about their secret meetings and texts came to light. During Wednesday's (October 25) show as the other couples enjoyed some time away at the couples' retreat, Ella and JJ returned as a new couple themselves – leaving the rest of the cast stunned.
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Away from the pre-recorded series, Ella revealed earlier this month that she has been forced to take a break from social media following a spate of online attacks over her identity. It prompted JJ to speak out last on a live TikTok stream with co-star Luke Worley, after he shut down several vitriolic comments aimed at Ella.
Responding to one comment, JJ declared: "Am I bi now? No. I see Ella as a girl. I don’t know how many times I have to say that. The thing is everyone in the experiment saw Ella as a woman and a girl because that’s what she is."
Married at First Sight UK airs Monday to Thursday on E4 at 9pm
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