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Broke, heartbroken and humiliated: MAFS Australia 2023 brides in emotional turmoil

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While some contestants have gone on to find fame and fortune, these current Married At First Sight stars are in their own personal nightmare.

Last week, Melissa Sheppard revealed she had two men show up at her workplace, demanding to see the self-confessed “freak in the sheets”.

Melissa, 41, who caused a stir on the experiment this year for her candour when it came to the subject of sex with her on-screen husband Josh White, 40,added she feared for her life when the strangers showed up to her NSW salon and yelled profanities at her staff.

People have been showing up to Melissa’s work.

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“It shocked me because no one has ever said anything like that towards me before,” she told the media after reporting the incident to the police.

“I know they were going from what they saw on MAFS, but that’s not who I am. I wanted sex with my husband, yes, but not with multiple random men. It was scary.”

Woman’s Day revealed earlier this month the mum-of-one was “humiliated” after the editing on the show portrayed her as sex-obsessed, adding that she was afraid to leave the house.

Claire was involved in a cheating scanal.

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Just as Melissa is scared to go to her place of work, bride Caitlin McConville, 27, has no job to go to.

Talking to Woman’s Day, a source close to the bride, who left the experiment last night after her “husband” Shannon, 30, told the experts he was still in love with his ex, said the show left her “heartbroken, insecure and with no money to her name”, after she wasn’t able to work as content creator while she filmed, and while the show is on air.

“As part of her contract she had to stop her work online when filming, which started in August, until the show comes off air in Australia and in the UK, which is usually around May,” says the sleuth.

Caitlin deserves love!

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“She also lost most of her casual club work because she was away for so long in Sydney.”

They reveal that Caitlin then had to “rely on her mum” when she exited the show, until fellow participant Melinda, 32, offered her a job in her business.

MAFS is the biggest regret of her life – and she didn’t even find love!”

When it was first announced Claire, 31, would be joining the cast earlier this year, social media was already abuzz with bizarre chatter about her past.

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Fan forums and social media platforms were flooded with wild accusations to do with Claire’s past, and while Woman’s Day won’t repeat any of them, we can confirm they were vicious and had the potential to mar her name.

“She genuinely doesn’t know any of these people – or the stories they’re spinning,” says our insider about the bride, who’s currently at the centre of a cheating scandal on the show.

“She works in education and knows all too well the repercussions they might cause, regardless of whether they’re true or not.”

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