MAFS’ Jules dumps co-star as bridesmaid
Another public feud has erupted among the most recent crop of Married At First Sight contestants, with former friends Melissa Lucarelli accusing Jules Robinson of dumping her as a bridesmaid and using her for publicity.
In March, Jules, 37, and Cam Merchant, 34, became the first couple in the show's history to get engaged and are scheduled to tie the knot next month.
During the MAFS reunion episode, which aired in April, Jules was seen asking Melissa, along with Heidi Latcham, to be her bridesmaids.
However, Melissa, 38, has now revealed to NW Magazine that she believes the invitation was simply a "publicity" stunt and that the bride-to-be had dumped her from the bridal party and called her a "sh*t friend" when she'd protested.
"One day we were texting about family and babies, then two days later she was dumping me as a bridesmaid," she explained.
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According to Melissa, Jules told her via text message that: "Just 'cause I said it on the show doesn't meant (sic) I have to do it."
"Not only was the text cold, but she used our friendship for her own publicity," Melissa said.
"She was posting about how amazing it was and how much she loved me, but it was clearly all an act. I feel completely blindsided by this, as our relationship and everything was real to me.
"When I asked her how I was a bad friend she couldn't answer me, then kept changing her reasoning behind it. Now Cam and Jules are making money, she doesn't need me anymore and she also doesn't want me to get any publicity."
Since the show ended, Jules has picked up ambassadorships with brands including Weight Watchers and Olay.
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Melissa was one of the two hundred guests at the couple's engagement party in April.
It comes just months after another set of former BFFs from MAFS, Elizabeth Sobinoff and Cyrell Paule, engaged in a very public slanging match over the breakdown of their friendship, with Elizabeth accusing her co-star of having a "publicity stunt" relationship with Love Island's Eden Dally.