They may have prepared for a fairy tale after saying "I do" on Married At First Sight, but the new stars of the hit series were faced with a massive scandal just weeks into filming as a set of secret recordings threatened to derail their relationships!
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"One of the brides found out that someone had been sneakily recording her private phone call while she was in her room," says a show insider.
"No-one quite knows what happened, but she flipped out and threatened to call the cops immediately."
"Producers quickly stepped in and had the culprit erase everything. But once the gossip had spread across the set, everyone started panicking about what they could have already said, with some even looking for hidden wires under their beds!"
Although details surrounding the phone call and scandal are being kept hush-hush, NW understands the secret recording was intended to be played in public at a later date.
"Whatever was said must have been so bad that it was made sure it could never get out there," the source adds.
"And the worst thing is no-one knows if any more recordings exist and if they will leak."
Of course, the paranoia hasn't been helped by MAFS bosses' strict lockdown rules this series.
Whereas last year's stars would often venture into the city and socialise off camera once filming had wrapped each night to unwind, this time round each couple is confined to their rooms.
"They even have people patrolling the corridors to make sure nothing happens when the cameras aren't there to capture it," spills the source.
"They just can't risk a repeat of last year, where some of the cast were re-coupling in secret and having boozy nights out behind their backs."
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