When Married at First Sight NZ season three groom Chris Mansfield was axed from the show before filming even finished it was undoubtedly the most controversial moment in MAFS NZ history.
But he's not the first participant to have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. We take a look back at some eye-opening incidents involving past contestants.
Season one groom Haydn's rocky marriage with bride Bel Clarke fell apart before the end of the season, partly due to risqué text messages sent between him and fellow contestant Vicky Gleeson-Stokes.
It seems he hadn't learnt from his mistakes when in 2017 – dating another Kiwi reality star – he was ousted for sending racy messages to MAFS Australia contestant Scarlett Cooper.
Andrew Jury, also from season one, made headlines when offensive messages he sent to a woman on Tinder were revealed. Korean-Kiwi pianist Maria Mo said Andrew insulted her through a series of messages on the dating app when she refused to "satisfy" his "Asian fetish".
He told her, "It's people like you that are ruining the world with there (sic) prudish uptight ways. Plus your (sic) ugly and will never do better than me." Mo shared the messages with media at the time the show aired.
Season two bride Ottie Schwartz was charged with drink driving in Christchurch in October 2018, with a breath alcohol reading of 473mcg (the limit is 250mcg).
She entered a guilty plea and was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months. She also made headlines when she admitted to assaulting a close friend named Olivia.
Ottie spoke to Three's The Project saying, "It got very heated. There was some slinging and I ended up pulling her hair – not a fine moment of mine. I wrote her an apology at the time and that still stands. I'm still really sorry about it".
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