Married At First Sight British star Nathanial Valentino has claimed he was ‘manipulated’ by show bosses into marrying transgender bride Ella Morgan, calling the E4 series a ‘sham’ – allegations the broadcaster strongly denies.
Nathanial, 36, who identifies as pansexual and is attracted to a person regardless of gender, said he initially turned down the pairing with the busty blonde beauty, 29, after requesting a match with someone who had “masculine energy ‘ showed.
Narrate The mirror that producers ‘encouraged’ him to reconsider his decision so as not to ruin Ella’s ‘story’, and that the production crew ‘provoked conflict’ behind the scenes without any interest in helping the couples find love.
He told the publication: ‘The way some were treated on the show became very dark. Almost from the start it was a complete sham.”
Among his many shocking claims, Nathanial said the contestants were fed pre-written lines by a team he nicknamed “the little bitches and witches,” and at one point were even locked in their rooms for 22 hours a day.
Admission: Married At First Sight British star Nathanial Valentino, 36, has claimed he was ‘manipulated’ by show bosses into marrying transgender bride Ella Morgan, prompting the E4 series to be called a ‘sham’
Claims: Nathanial, 36, who identifies as pansexual and is attracted to a person regardless of gender, said he initially turned down the pairing with the busty blonde beauty after requesting a match with someone who displayed “masculine energy” (together depicted on the show)
“That was the kind of manipulation that took place. (the team) were like goblins whispering in people’s ears. I had a good chat with Ella, she was pulled away and five minutes later we were arguing about the exact same thing.
Nathanial, who quit the show early, said he eventually agreed to marry Ella with the only stipulation that he wasn’t someone who smoked or worked in the “sex industry” and found out during their honeymoon that his new woman had been a stripper. .
While his bride became a ‘monster’ due to the meddling production crew, another contestant suffered a ‘full-blown panic attack’.
A Channel 4 spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Nathanial voluntarily entered into this process with full and informed consent, and in this case he was actually given more information than we would normally share with cast members, to make him aware that his bride is transgender used to be’.
‘The matching process involves a detailed interrogation of each participant’s preferences and none of these would be overlooked when deciding who to match them with.’
‘The wellbeing of all Married at First Sight UK staff is our top priority and we ensure that appropriate support is available to staff at all times before, during and after filming – including 24/7 access to a member of the wellbeing team or a psychiatric institution. support’.
“The show is an unscripted reality series that follows real events as they naturally unfold, and is not scripted in any way.”
It comes after MailOnline revealed Ella shared a passionate kiss with an E4 series contestant who takes part in the experiment at a later date behind Nathanial’s back, despite them committing to each other on their wedding day.
Shocking: He said producers ‘encouraged’ him to reconsider his decision so as not to ruin Ella’s ‘story’, and that the production crew ‘provoked conflict’ behind the scenes without any interest in helping the couples find love
Crazy: Among his many shocking claims, Nathanial said that the contestants were fed pre-written lines by a team he nicknamed “the little b***hes and witches,” and that at one point they even worked 22 hours a day were locked in their rooms
BTS: He went on to say that while his bride became a “monster” due to the meddling production crew, another contestant had a “full-blown panic attack.”
The revelation rocked the cast and Ella’s relationship with Nathanial, who identifies as pansexual, meaning he doesn’t see gender and falls in love with the person, was left in tatters.
Viewers cried as Ella and Nathanial got married after first meeting at the altar and the former Geordie Shore star accepted his new wife for who she is as a transgender woman.
But Ella formed a bond with one of the other grooms in the trial, a heterosexual man, and the two agreed they were much better suited.
A TV source told MailOnline: ‘There’s no denying that Ella and Nathanial were instantly attracted to each other on the day of their wedding.
‘But Ella’s natural type is a straight man with masculine energy, so one of the other grooms ticked more of her boxes.
“She didn’t want to hurt Nathanial or go against the process because being on the show means so much to her.
‘Ella was looking for love and the other groom adores her body and mind, which made them much more likely to have a long-term relationship together.’
The E4 show introduces new couples to the experiment as the series unfolds and Ella’s affair takes place with one of the grooms who is not yet part of the trial.
Married at First Sight UK airs Monday to Thursday at 9pm on E4.
Married At First Sight UK: Meet the eight participants of the series
Occupation: tennis teacher
Why: ‘I’m ready to find the love of my life’
Occupation: Clinic consultant
Why: ‘This experiment means so much more than just me getting married. I see this as a big problem for someone who has undergone transition’
Why: ‘I trust the experts with all my heart that they are a good fit for me’
Occupation: sales manager
Why: Hopefully they have found someone who suits me and I have faith that everything happens for a reason’
Occupation: sports rehabilitation doctor
Why: ‘I told the Experts that I will give 120%. “I trust them and I’m going to trust the process.”
Occupation: financial manager
Why: ‘I’m firmly keeping my fingers crossed for a positive outcome – I don’t want another divorce’
Occupation: Sales manager
Why: ‘I’m very open, so I know I can make things work and build up, I just hope she has the same attitude’
Occupation: Technology risk partner
Why: ‘I want that lover and someone who can also be my best friend’
Occupation: Event marketing manager
Why: ‘I don’t trust anyone but myself, but I hope they did a good job, that’s all I can say’
Occupation: Executive assistant
Why: ‘I try not to think too much about the fact that I’m marrying a total stranger because I’ll probably drive myself crazy’
Occupation: Account manager
Why: ‘I hope the experts literally hand-delivered my best friend and life partner’
Why: ‘I’m excited, but I’m also quite nervous. It doesn’t feel real’
Occupation: Youth worker/DJ
Why: ‘I’m looking forward to it and I’m enthusiastic. The only thing I worry about is whether she will like me.”
Occupation: Performing arts teacher
Why: “It would be a happily ever after for me if he and I went through the experiment and really tried to grow together.”
Profession: investment communications
Why: ‘I’m excited to meet this person and see what we can do together’
Occupation: Childcare worker
Why: ‘I have faith in the experts that I can find the love of my life – the Ant to my Dec!’