Married at First Sight groom Jack Dunkley has accusations flying left and right that he lied to his ex and left her to go on MAFS 2024.
The ex, who goes by Courtney Jade on Instagram, spoke to The Wash when the reality TV show was filming, and said he abruptly broke up with her and told her he was going on a work trip.
She’s since reiterated that sentiment in an interview with Daily Mail Australia.
“It’s been a very hard time in my life. One that I don’t wish on anyone,” she told Daily Mail Australia of watching her ex on MAFS.
“I hope this doesn’t continue to happen to other people. It was a horrible experience and not something I want to talk about,” she continued.
Jack responded to the allegations
Jack told Daily Mail Australia that he expected Courtney Jade to reach out to the press in regards to their former relationship.
“It wasn’t a surprise. I had a feeling that my ex was going to go rogue at some point and probably sell something to the media,” he said.
The bodybuilder told the publication that the news didn’t affect his relationship with his on-screen wife Tori.
“Tori was all over it,” he said.
“I think I discussed it with her day two or day three of meeting her and caught her up to speed with my latest relationship and where it was and how I couldn’t get away from the communications even though I wasn’t responding.”
Courtney posted about her relationship with Jack in February
Courtney also took to her Instagram in February to speak about the apparent betrayal by Jack.
“I hope everyone gets some sickening entertainment out of my horrid breakup on Channel Nine,” she began.
“I have no comment in regards to MAFS, so would appreciate it if media and all forms of communication would leave me in peace.”
Courtney said she’s been working on herself to recover from the hurt Jack inflicted upon her.
“I have been seeing a therapist and have been medicated due to the disgusting trauma I have experienced and would like to be left alone to heal,” she said.
“It’s one thing to go through a breakup, but it’s another thing to have to relive it on nationwide TV and talk about it,” she added.
“Enjoy watching the fame hungry humans that ruin lives and create nothing but pain. I am embarrassed by the world we live in and am absolutely mortified by my experience.’
She finished off the post by asking if the show was “creating love or creating monsters?”
What happened when the article first came out?
The Wash published the comment from Courtney Jade back in August. She told them Jack said he was breaking up with her to move to America to work.
She revealed that she’d flown interstate to meet his family, and that she and Jack had said ‘I love you’ to each other.
A month after he abruptly broke up with her for ‘work commitments’, she’d seen leaked photos of him filming MAFS.
“Good luck to his new wife,” she told the publication. “I even started selling my furniture when we were together as we spoke about moving in together. This is definitely the worst thing a man has ever done to me. I’d been driving myself crazy for a month wondering why everything was so shady [when he ended it].”
What do Jack’s friends have to say about the relationship?
When the first inkling about Jack’s ex came out in August, his mate jumped in the comments section to defend him.
“Breaks up with me right after I met his family and he told me he loves me. Tells me it’s for [a] ‘work opportunity in America’ only to find out he’s on MAFS in Sydney,’ Courtney wrote on The Wash’s Instagram pictures back in August.
“I have known @jackdunkley for over 15 years, and I knew their situation. I have met Courtney a couple of times, the girl who sent this message. It was a very brief, yet respectfully casual relationship and he tried to end it a couple of times with her,” they wrote.
They continued: “If this was a man treating a girl like Courtney has been to Jack, this would be a police matter. I’ve seen the endless messages and phone calls she has been leaving him. Jack is trying to find love, he wants to find a nice, sweet girl and Tori might just be the one for him! I’m sure Tori has already worked out that he is one of the good ones.”
Courtney responded to the accusations in the comments section, saying Jack never tried to break up with prior to going on MAFS 2024.
“I am not proud of my decisions following our breakup and I know myself I have been crazy and will own that 🙏🏼 My mental health has suffered due to being completely blindsided and losing my best friend to a reality tv show 🥲,” she began.
“Jack has never tried to break up with me and our relationship was becoming quite serious (hence why I went to Melbourne with him a week before we split) We spoke regularly about our future together and I don’t believe he is on the show for the right reasons at all.”
“I am just telling my side of the story as what has happened here has been horrible .. I wouldn’t wish this on you or anyone else. I most certainly deserved the respect of the truth. 🙏🏼 Respect to you for having his back but nothing about this is morally right.”
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