Just weeks after Married At First Sight's Jules Robinson revealed she and fiancé Cameron Merchant lost a $5000 deposit after postponing their hotly anticipated wedding, a source close to the lovebirds tells Woman's Day they're almost broke.
The couple were forced to give up their well-paid jobs during the long months of filming, and our source says they battled to make ends meet on the $150-a-day pay on the show, finding it hard to cover mortgage repayments for Cam's two properties and Jules' Double Bay apartment in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
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"Cam came out of the series unemployed and Jules tried to get as much hairdressing work as she could but she had a demanding publicity schedule so hardly got given any work," our source says.
Cam, 35, is believed to have lost his job in May 2018 after his employer Spartan Sporting Goods went into liquidation.
When the show went to air in January 2019, the source reveals the pair were offered a range of paid jobs, including hosting a trivia night, but they refused out of fear it would "taint their brand" and they were holding out for more "luxury" focused work.
Thankfully, the couple have since taken on a full-time talent manager, responsible for sourcing much-needed paid work.
Jules, 37, recently announced she's signed on as a WW (formerly Weight Watchers) ambassador and just last week the vivacious redhead unveiled her new role as the face of Olay Australia.
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But her husband-to-be is struggling to play catch-ups and earning "next to nothing" compared to Jules' deals.
"He'd hoped for endorsements but [clients] are more interested in Jules," says our insider, who reveals while Cam is proud of his fiancée, he's struggling to find his place after the show.
And despite all Jules' recent promotional work, there still might not be enough cash in the bank to see the couple secure their dream wedding.
Last week, a wedding vendor told media the couple had reached out in hopes of getting complimentary services worth thousands of dollars in exchange for social media publicity. The vendor refused their terms.
Their money woes could explain further why the pair abruptly cancelled their Hunter Valley wedding plans in September.
The couple's financial stress come as amidst a plethora of backlash from Jules's former cast mates who have hit out against the TV bride.
Last week, Melissa Lucarelli accused the star of using her for publicity after she told media the bride-to-be had dropped her as bridesmaid – despite promising her the role in the shows season finale.
Meanwhile feisty brides, Jessika Power and Martha Kalifatidis have also revealed another side to Jules.
"It seems everything that woman does these days is calculated and beneficial for her and her only," sprayed Jess last week, while Martha previously revealed Jules to be a bully and accused her of dividing the women onset.