IT'S only two episodes in and the latest series of Married At First Sight UK has already had its share of jaw-dropping moments.
Now Morag Crichton, 32, who married Luke Dawson on last year’s show, has claimed sneaky producers set up arguments to create drama.
The veterinary nurse – who recently announced she was joining OnlyFans to pay her rent – also confesses she was drunk most days during filming, thanks to a generous food budget which she spent on booze.
Morag says the couples are given £100 a week to spend on food shopping when they move into their pads after the honeymoon, but she and Luke were provided with “two to three takeaways a day”.
She tells The Sun: “Whenever they came to film with me early, they knew to arrive with either my Costa or my Pret waiting at the door.
“I do not operate otherwise, I'm not a morning person. Then obviously you order your lunch and it's anything off Deliveroo, UberEATS – producers order it for you.”
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Morag jokes the only reason she survived for so long on the show was because she was "drunk the whole time".
She adds that she managed to sneak an iPad into her apartment – despite the fact electronics are banned – and had regular boozy FaceTime calls with her pals.
After one particular conversation, during which Morag poured herself a generous Jack Daniels, she says her mates sussed that she wasn't gelling with husband Luke.
Morag, who quit booze in March, recalls: “There was one night Luke was filming so I was just in the apartment drinking and FaceTimed my girlfriends.
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“I was pouring myself a Jack Daniels and coke and I'm like, 'I actually think I really like him, I think it's changing, I think I'm developing feelings for him,' pouring this drink.
“Unbeknownst to me, I've hung up and one friend phones the other and is like, 'She's in absolute denial. Did you see the strength of drink she poured while telling us how much she actually liked him?'”
Producers staged huge fight
One of Morag’s most memorable moments was when she announced to the girls over dinner that her co-star Amy Christophers’ husband Josh Christie had slid into her DMs the year before the show.
It later sparked a huge row at the commitment ceremony, with cast members hurling insults at each other.
However, Morag insists her confession was part of a game of Never Have I Ever, set up by producers, and wasn’t out of the blue as it was made to seem to viewers.
She says she realised as soon as she met Josh that he’d previously messaged her on Instagram – and was able to secretly check on her iPad.
Morag explains: “I jokingly said it on the first day to one of the producers who I'd got really friendly with, thinking it's not going to come back to haunt me.
They made it look like I just came out with it at the table… I knew what they were trying to do
“Weeks later, when I'd started forgetting about it and not really mentioning it again or making a big deal out of it, the producers stick ‘Never have I ever been DM-ed by one of the other husbands’ on a card in the middle of a table with the girls during a game.
“I was like, 'you f****rs, oh my God that's so bad'.”
She continues: “They made it look like I just came out with it at the table, but actually when it came up, I didn't drink, to avoid a situation.
“I knew what they were trying to do, and I was like, I'm not giving you that.
“But then there was a massive debate amongst the girls, like, ‘This has been put here for a reason,’ so I had to own up and tell them.”
Stopped watching for mental health
Morag confesses it was “really difficult” watching herself due to the way she'd been portrayed, and stopped watching the show after that episode aired.
“You can only watch yourself be painted out to be someone you're not for so long,” she says.
“Eighty per cent of conversations aren’t shown.
"I'm not someone who’s like ‘I didn't come out with that, it's editing,' but what producers do take out is context, why people are saying the things that they're saying, or what's led up to the two seconds that they put in.
"It makes the comment seem way worse than it is or just makes you sound like a complete b***h.
“If there's any opportunity where I'm actually being nice, they weren't using it because of the fact that it doesn't meet their narrative."
However, Morag – who has since moved from Essex back to her hometown in Devon, looks back on the experience in a positive light now.
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“It was really weird, but it's also a blessing," she says. “Nobody gets an opportunity to really see themselves in a different light, the good, the bad and the ugly.
"So it was nice to be able to reflect and think what you do and don't like about yourself, and things that you can work on in the future.”
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