MAFS ‘Melissa Rawson reveals the REAL reason she always seems so quiet about Bryce Ruthven

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Married At First Sight’s Melissa Rawson has explained why she always seems so quiet around her ‘husband’ Bryce Ruthven during the show.

The workplace trainer, 31, told me Kyle and Jackie O it bothers her that viewers think she is incapable of standing up for herself around her partner.

Meanwhile, radio announcer Bryce insisted Jonesy and Amanda they are in a “healthy” relationship, despite claims that he “gaslights” her.

'Looks like I'm kinda pathetic and weak': Married At First Sight's Melissa Rawson explained why she always seems so quiet around her 'husband' Bryce Ruthven on the show

‘Looks like I’m kinda pathetic and weak’: Married At First Sight’s Melissa Rawson explained why she always seems so quiet around her ‘husband’ Bryce Ruthven on the show

Melissa acknowledged that she “ looks kind of pathetic and weak on TV, ” but said this is only because she likes to avoid conflict.

“Looks like I’m kind of pathetic and weak,” she told Kyle and Jackie O.

‘But it’s just my personality, I don’t like confrontation and I still got to know Bryce in those early days, so right now I’m more than happy to try him out for everything he says and does.’

Explanation: `` It's just my personality, I don't like confrontation and I was getting to know Bryce in those early days, '' she told The Kyle and Jackie O Show

Explanation: `` It's just my personality, I don't like confrontation and I was getting to know Bryce in those early days, '' she told The Kyle and Jackie O Show

Explanation: “ It’s just my personality, I don’t like confrontation and I was getting to know Bryce in those early days, ” she told The Kyle and Jackie O Show

She added that the environment on Married At First Sight was so ‘toxic’ that she just kept quiet to keep the peace.

“It was just so toxic and it wasn’t because of Bryce. Yeah, he did a lot of stupid things, let’s face it … [but] he stood up for me and not much was shown, ”she said.

Meanwhile, Bryce told Jonesy and Amanda that he and Melissa are in a “ healthy ” relationship, despite many fans thinking otherwise.

“Yeah, I think we kept saying it all through the show and saw it, saying we’re going to ditch boys and girls night,” he began.

‘People kept saying we’ve kept separate, but if you can’t get along with other people in a group dynamic and the only focus on this show was meeting someone, you focus on what you came there for. ‘

Defending himself: Bryce told Jonesy and Amanda that he and Melissa are in a 'healthy' relationship, despite many fans thinking otherwise

Defending himself: Bryce told Jonesy and Amanda that he and Melissa are in a 'healthy' relationship, despite many fans thinking otherwise

Defending himself: Bryce told Jonesy and Amanda that he and Melissa are in a ‘healthy’ relationship, despite many fans thinking otherwise

On Monday one Change.org A petition began circulating demanding that Channel Nine issue an apology for airing “triggering” scenes featuring the “gaslighting” groom and his long-suffering wife.

The petition, which received 2,500 signatures in less than 24 hours, also calls on Nine to acknowledge her alleged ‘failure to act as a duty of care’ towards Melissa.

This season of Married at First Sight Australia features a couple, Melissa and Bryce, who share an inordinate number of portraits of [troubling] signals that are not properly handled by the network, ‘the petition states.

There is clearly a breach of duty of care towards Melissa during the filming of the show, which allows her to remain in a toxic and dangerous environment with her partner for the ‘benefit’ of the network. ‘

Petition: A Change.org petition began circulating on Monday demanding that Nine issue an apology for airing 'triggering' scenes featuring Bryce and Melissa

Petition: A Change.org petition began circulating on Monday demanding that Nine issue an apology for airing 'triggering' scenes featuring Bryce and Melissa

Petition: A Change.org petition began circulating Monday demanding that Nine issue an apology for airing ‘triggering’ scenes featuring Bryce and Melissa

“ She’s subject to gaslighting, emotional manipulation, isolation, and myriad other textbook signals of a controlling relationship, ” the petition claims, adding that the scenes are “ incredibly triggering and stressful to watch. ”

It continues: ‘This petition is for the Nine Network to acknowledge and apologize for letting Melissa go through this and also to air such a horrible relationship on TV without doing anything to show that the relationship clearly not healthy. ‘

Similar outrage has exploded on Twitter, where many viewers are calling for the show’s cancellation or boycott over its portrayal of toxic relationships.

Bryce and Melissa’s ‘marriage’ has also been a point of contention for the show’s other couples, who largely disapprove of the relationship.

Controversial: Outrage has exploded on Twitter, where many viewers are asking for the show to be canceled due to the portrayal of toxic relationships.  Bryce and Melissa's 'marriage' has also been a contentious issue for the other couples, who largely disapprove of the relationship

Controversial: Outrage has exploded on Twitter, where many viewers are asking for the show to be canceled due to the portrayal of toxic relationships.  Bryce and Melissa's 'marriage' has also been a contentious issue for the other couples, who largely disapprove of the relationship

Controversial: Outrage has exploded on Twitter, where many viewers are asking for the show to be canceled due to the portrayal of toxic relationships. Bryce and Melissa’s ‘marriage’ has also been a contentious issue for the other couples, who largely disapprove of the relationship

On Sunday’s episode of Married At First Sight, Bryce humiliated his bride at the ceremony by revealing that he had initially voted to leave the experiment before finally deciding to stay.

Bryce later defended writing leave, saying he didn’t want to break up with Melissa, but instead wanted the couple to leave the “ toxic environment ” of the experiment.

The other couples lashed out at him, citing a series of incidents in which he repeatedly showed disdain for Melissa’s feelings.

Bryce tried to justify his behavior in a long post on Instagram on Sunday.

“ People will disagree with what I did at the commitment ceremony and say I didn’t put my partner’s feelings first BUT I raised the issue that bullying isn’t okay in any way, ” wrote he.

“Given what we were going through, it was a tough decision to continue with the experiment, but in the end, the goal of finding love with someone will always win.”

There is clearly a breach of duty of care towards Melissa during the filming of the show, which allows her to remain in a toxic and dangerous environment with her partner for the ‘benefit’ of the network, ” the petition reads.

Bryce’s Problematic Behavior on Married At First Sight

  • Voting ‘woman’ Melissa as the fourth hottest in a relationship task
  • Saying that Melissa was ‘not his type’ during an ‘honesty box’ challenge
  • Despite Melissa sharing her history with low self-esteem, Bryce tells her ‘well you’re not ugly’
  • Flirted with co-star Beck Zemek at the gym
  • Lied at dinner about the conversation he had with Beck at the gym
  • Initially voted to ‘leave’ Melissa during Sunday’s solemn ceremony, but crossed out his answer and wrote ‘stay’ at the last minute
  • Accusing the cast of creating a ‘toxic environment’ for his wife, spreading lies about him and being bullies – despite being toxic, a liar and a bully