Former Married At First Sight Australia bride Cyrell Jiminez-Paule has broken down in tears to reveal that she was physically and verbally attacked at a café in New South Wales. The incident has sparked outrage among other former MAFS contestants, who have taken to social media to speak out in support of Cyrell and express their disgust.
Cyrell and her partner, Love Island's Eden Dally, took to social media to share that they'd been having lunch at a café in Shoal Bay, New South Wales, Pelican Café, and were just leaving when a person began abusing her.
A visibly upset Cyrell said from outside the café , in a car, "So I'm a little shaken up right now, because me and Eden were about to leave Shoal Bay. We just had lunch and this lady... thought it would be hilarious while I'm walking down the street to turn around and call me a f... black…"
At this point she broke down in tears and her partner Eden picked up the story.
"She called her a black monkey, came outside and tried to fight her. So I walked in the café and said 'what's the need to be racist and call people black monkeys?' then she grabbed Cyrell by the throat and pushed her and I had to defend Cyrell..."
"And then they're pushing me and filming it, claiming that they're the victims... I'm saying why is the cafe [owner] coming out calling her a black monkey?"
Cyrell added tearfully: "You're a f*ing embarrassment. At the end of the day, we're still human beings. Shame on you all."
She shared a photo of her neck with bruising and scratches on it, saying: "Thank you to the racist woman who grabbed my throat... you scratched my black monkey neck".
The attack has upset many, with former MAFS grooms Dean Wells and Billy Vincent taking to social media to express their horror and disgust over the incident.
Said Dean Wells, who was in constant hot water on the show after having his head turned by Davina Rankin, said, "This is disgusting, this place should be shut down. It blows my mind that there's still ignorant, racist morons out there."
Billy, who was paired with Susie Bradley on the show said, "There is no place for racism in Australia. There is no place for violence in Australia. It's unforgivable. I get sent screen shots every single day from other contestants, Telv, you know, people slinging these racial slurs at them. People just don't realise the weight behind their words. Stop it, it's not on."
This is not the first time Married At First Sight contestants have been subjected to abuse, racist and otherwise, from the public.
Controversial MAFS groom Daniel Webb revealed that he received death threats while the show was airing, and has been targeted by social media trolls since.
Dan uploaded screen shots of the messages to his Instagram stories.
Nasser Sultan, who has applied for the NZ version of the show, revealed that he received "a lot of hate mail afterwards, most racial or religious".
Jessika Power has invested thousands in plastic surgery since the show aired, claiming being under the microscope on the show had an impact on her self-esteem.
"I'm a confident girl, but having tens of thousands of people criticise me each day has shaken me to the core. I felt like I had heaps wrong with me afterwards."
Davina Rankin also revealed she received "a lot of hate" after appearing on the show.
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