MAFS Australia’s expert Mel Schilling hits back at claims drama on show is scripted

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Mel Schilling, 49, has insisted it would be impossible for producers to come up with the dramatic moments that have taken place on Married At First Sight Australia in response to claims the show is scripted. The hit programme’s relationship expert slammed speculation that its storylines aren’t genuine in an exclusive interview with

When quizzed on what she thinks when viewers suggest season six of MAFS was scripted, she exclaimed: “Do you seriously think we could write this stuff? 

“I was at an event once and I met the guy who heads up scripted drama for Channel Nine in Australia.

“And he looks at some of our storylines and he says, ‘There’s no way my team could ever come up with these ideas, they’re so outrageous’. 

“They say truth is stranger than fiction, and I absolutely believe that now having worked on this show!”

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Mel also spoke out on elements of season six which shocked her during filming.

She admitted: “I did get shocked and there are more shocks coming in [seasons] seven and eight. 

“We’re continuously surprised because we think we know someone and we think we know a couple, and they do something to surprise us that is out of what we would consider their character.

“And we learn something new, and that helps us build another piece of the jigsaw onto that person’s picture, so it’s constantly evolving. 


“We say we’re experts, but we’re really not – we’re just human beings learning alongside everyone else. 

“I think if you approach this experiment in a fixed, rigid, way it wouldn’t work. 

“You need to have that flexibility built in so the participants can be real, otherwise it’s just contrived.”

It comes after season six star Ines Basic claimed her boat fight with TV other half Bronson Norrish was partially scripted for the show.

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“That boat scene, half of that was scripted by my producer,” the 31-year-old said on the Unpopular podcast. 

“That was my producer, half of that was so fake!”

Elsewhere, Mel is currently preparing to lend her brand of confidence guidance to Brits and will be joining the revamped Married at First Sight UK as a relationship expert alongside Paul C Brunson.

Speaking about the exciting move she is making with her family, the psychologist said: “I already have some UK clients which is really cool because so much business since Covid is conducted online.

“So I’m coaching online and The C Word, which I’m about to launch, is an online group coaching programme for women all about building confidence. 

“And I’ve had such overwhelming feedback from women in the UK who watch the show and are starting to realise that the stuff I talk about is broader than just relationships.

“It’s more about yourself and self love and building that self worth. 

“You need to date yourself before you can date somebody else.”

Confidence Coach and Relationship Expert Mel Schilling’s online coaching programme The C Word, to inspire and educate readers on how to build their confidence is coming this Summer. Visit

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