Amanda, right, says there’s a reason why Tash wasn’t willing put much effort into their marriage.
This story was originally published by Now to Love and is republished with permission.
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains spoilers about what is happening outside the social experiment in Australia in ‘real life’.
Of all the Married At First Sight Australia marriages, theirs has probably been the most tumultuous – and that’s saying something!
We’re talking about MAFS‘ first lesbian couple, Amanda Micallef and Tash Herz, of course.
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Despite their initial attraction on their wedding day, Tash revealed on their honeymoon that she wasn’t feeling it for her new wife. And in turn Amanda’s frustration at Tash’s lack of enthusiasm has often led to heated arguments and tears.
A counselling session with the show’s expert, John Aiken, during “intimacy week” gave them some hope, but Amanda’s attempts on last night’s episode to close the gap between them by cooking a vegan meal together had limited success.
And now, in a tell-all interview with NW, Amanda has claimed that Tash had a girlfriend the whole time during filming.
Amanda told the publication, “I’m pretty certain Tash was seeing someone throughout the experiment.
“Tash applied for the show at the same time that she was in a serious relationship. And she applied for MAFS with the girl that she is now seeing.”
After the show began airing in Australia, Tash was spotted out and about with 31-year-old Madison Hewitt, pictured below.
Madison’s headshot was among the candidates the experts were sifting through when matching Amanda and Tash.
Amanda told NW, “They have been in an on-off relationship for six years. I legitimately think she was seeing that girl.”
An insider adds that Tash seemed to be “completely checked out” from the start.
“She was always on her phone and sneaking off to places during filming.”
Meanwhile Tash has told NW that she found it hard to connect with Amanda due to their “completely different lifestyles”.
“Her family is European, traditional and old-fashioned. I’m quite open-minded and progressive with gender.
“We have a different sense of humour. I’m quite quirky and edgy, and I’ll say things, then she doesn’t know what to do with me. She’s got a dad sense of humour and it’s dorky. Amanda can be very controlling too.”
She has also confessed that she wished she’d held back more at the wedding, because afterwards she realised she didn’t have feelings for Amanda.
“I think that was quite confusing for her because I was really affectionate and really got swept up in the moment and I guess the sudden crash from that,” she explained. “I spent every day of that honeymoon basically beating myself up because I didn’t feel an attraction for Amanda, I just felt awful.”
It will be interesting to see how things play out on the couch at this week’s commitment ceremony.