MAFS UK star wishes she drank less on show and opens up about TV editing
Married At First Sight star Jenna Robinson claims she was edited to appear like a militant vegan and wishes she drank less booze on camera.
The UK version of the E4 relationships show comes to an end next Tuesday after the most explosive series yet saw partner swapping and fiery dinner party bust-ups.
Eco store owner Jenna was part of the first lesbian couple with meat-eating quantity surveyor Zoe Clifton and they were shown clashing over their differing lifestyles.
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But Jenna says: “The vegan thing was hard to watch, the way it was edited – it wasn’t as bad as it was made out on TV.
“If I could change anything I would drink less to make sure when I got my point across it was more calm.”
Further rows over where they would live together after the cameras stopped rolling and whether they would have children looked like they could initially tear them apart, but Jenna and Zoe have become one of this series’ strongest couples.
She’s not allowed to reveal whether the pair, who tied the knot in a non-legally binding ceremony, are still together or comment on George Roberts – wed to former Miss Great Britain April Banbury – who was last month arrested on suspicion of controlling and coercive behaviour.
However Jenna, 33, reveals: “We’ve all been asked to take our wedding rings off, so for those who don’t make it, having to cover up would be harder.
“None of it is scripted and you have in-depth personality tests.
“The edit makes it look more dramatic.
“I said no to kids to the experts but the door is not fully shut, and I’d be happy to have the conversation when I’m in a secure relationship and financially in the right place.
“It’s not a decision I’d take lightly, nor the distance thing.”
The Blackpool lass continues: “I’m a free spirit and want to travel more.
“Zoe and I were talking about moving in the middle [of where they are both from] like Manchester, which didn’t get shown.
“I mentioned moving to Brighton as well.
“I don’t like feeling tied down but if it was the right person I’d compromise.
“I am always willing to hear someone else’s side of the story.”
The most jaw-dropping moment of the show so far has been Whitney Hughes and Matt Murray hopping into bed together after dumping their telly spouses Duka Cav and Gemma Rose.
Allowed to continue the experiment as a new couple, their arrival at the weekly dinner party with the other pairings caused fireworks.
Jenna says: “If everyone gave up at the first hurdle there wouldn’t be a show.
“At the dinner parties you can tell who your friends are when the drinks are flowing.
“Any cracks will be exposed.
“If it was sober there wouldn’t be a TV show.”
Discussing her own relationship, Jenna praises experts Paul C Brunson, Mel Shilling, and Charlene Douglas for putting her with someone she might have overlooked in a regular dating environment.
Jenna says: “Me and Zoe probably wouldn’t have gone on a second date in the real world as we’re opposites but we realised what’s important is values and not your hobbies.
“When I applied I wasn’t aware it wasn’t a legally binding marriage – I must have been nuts.
“I can’t imagine the rigmarole of getting an annulment so it’s probably for the best.
“Mine and Zoe’s journey was a true reflection [of what happened] but I wish they’d shown us having more fun.
“That allowed us to grow in other areas and during the process we felt one of the stronger couples.”
Despite fans of the show’s horror at seeing Zoe, 30, keep a pickled dead rat at home, Jenna vows the scene was genuine.
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She says: “The pickled rat wasn’t planted. Zoe told me about it in the apartment and I was like: ‘It’s weird but whatever’.”
Fellow gay couple Thomas Hartley and Adrian Sanderson have made a big impression on MAFS, despite struggling with sexual chemistry and Thomas’ rows with April and George.
Jenna says: “Thomas is exactly as you see on TV in real life.
“I love Adrian – he’s an amazing human.
“He says what I think but in a more articulate way so people listen.”
Married at First Sight airs tonight on E4 tonight at 9pm and you can visit Jenna’s eco shop online at un-do.store
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