Former Bachelor contestant Monique Morley, who starred on Matt Agnew's season, agreed with Mel's statement and provided a hypothetical example of how the producers would manipulate what they said.
"My mother, say she breaks my foot. I'll be like, 'Oh my god, my mum broke my foot!'" she said.
"If they ask you it every single day for five days straight, eventually you'll be like, 'Oh, my mum broke my foot,'" she added, sounding more non-plussed.
"So then it'll be like, 'Oh, she doesn't care', when instead [producers] are going to pick an example of when I'm either emotional or non-emotional."
According to a well-placed insider, Married At First Sight producers also amp up the drama for the show by spreading gossip on-set.
Showrunners reprtedly pit the contestants against each other on purpose in order to get some fights and feuds happening for the cameras.
"Producers often go around spreading rumours about the contestants in order to create dramas they can capture on camera," the insider told New Idea.
Former bride Jessika Power even revealed that after the 2020 cast returned from a two-week filming break, bosses asked intruder Drew Brauer if he would be willing to cheat on his TV bride, KC Osborne.
"So the new intruder, Drew, he's spoken to me a few times and he mentioned that there were situations that he was put in by producers that he didn't want to be put in," the 2019 bride revealed on Get Up With Krysti and Bodge.
"They were trying to make him the new Dan. And everyone knows Dan and I swapped partners on the show. They basically wanted a swap out of Drew and he said no."