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MAFS’ Sara responds to cheating scandal backlash

"How do I explain nothing actually happened?"
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Is it truly a season of Married At First Sight without a cheating scandal? We don’t think so. Sara Mesa, 29, is the bride at the centre of the latest cheating controversy after catching up with her ex partner during the experiment.

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As fellow contestants interrogated Sara during a heated dinner party, her groom Tim Calwell, 31, revealed that his on-screen wife had also slept with an ex-partner one month prior to the experiment.

Sara has now responded to the backlash she has received in wake of the cheating scandal, clarifying to 9Entertainment that there were actually two exes in question.

The first was the ex that Sara met for dinner who, according to the bride, has been on-and-off with his current partner for six years. The second, Sara hooked up with before the experiment. 

Sara has been at the centre of a cheating scandal on this season of MAFS. (Credit: Nine)

“I can understand how it looked bad to everyone and I’m not OK with cheating,” Sara further told 9entertainment

“What I did was wrong, I crossed a line not telling Tim that I saw my ex and I wish I’d dealt with it differently.”

The 29-year-old also confessed she had “major regret” with how she treated Tim when the news came out. 

“I regret not sitting there with Tim and telling him how sorry I was. I was just in complete and utter shock and thought, ‘How do I defend myself? How do I explain nothing actually happened?'”

It was fellow bride Eden Harper who revealed that Sara had been in contact with her ex-boyfriend. This was after her own groom, Jayden Eynaud, saw a text message from Sara asking Eden to borrow clothes for the meet up. 

Eden and Jayden told the group about Sara’s meetup with her ex. (Credit: Nine)

“We know that they were obviously talking in some way of communication, and we know that they met up,” Jayden said during one episode.

“Talking, whether it’s call or messaging, that’s a form of cheating, and meeting up with your ex-partner behind your husband’s back is also a form of cheating,” he continued.

“No matter what way you look at it, it’s wrong.”

As the scandal came to light, Tim claimed that Sara was more concerned with defending herself than how he was affected by her actions.

It all proved too much for the 31-year-old, who wrote ‘Leave’ during the following commitment ceremony.

Sara, meanwhile, wrote ‘Stay’ as she was determined to make it up to her husband.

Sara and Tim have had many ups and downs during the experiment. (Credit: Nine)

Prior to entering the experiment, Tim split with his girlfriend upon discovering she was unfaithful. As a result, he confesses it takes time to tear down his walls.

Similarly, Sara’s ex-partner cheated on her multiple times before MAFS; however the reality star “just kept going back to him”.

“Even though it was toxic and manipulative, he had an emotional pull over me and I couldn’t help myself,” Sara said at the beginning of the season.

Will Sara and Tim be able to work through this hurdle, or will their relationship crash and burn? Here’s all we know so far. But stay tuned for more updates.

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