Elizabeth said she was fine with him making the choice to leave, feeling it was only right given the circumstances.
'I mean I don’t even know what to say, of course you’ve got to go to the funeral. There’s no problem with that, it’s fine. That means you’ll be leaving today.'
The honeymoon was ditched, with the revelation the funeral would take place in New Zealand. When asked over the speaker phone if he needs return flights, he tells the operator 'I’m not sure.'
Mulling over the implications of his choice, Sam adds, 'I can tell she’s frustrated, but um, what do you do, I’ve only known her for a day.'
The couple have had a controversial history, despite the shortness of their time together.
'She's got a nice face, I'm not judging her on her body image,' Sam told friends upon their first meeting. 'Maybe I can get her to go for a run in the morning.'
The 26-year-old further stunned viewers by brazenly announcing that his bride was 'larger than girls he's dated before'.
But despite the massive viewer backlash, he insists that he wasn't being rude, saying of the backlash, 'I can take the criticism. I will take the bullet.'
Things aren't looking great for the future - with reports today of an alleged affair.