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MAFS UK Shona on how Brad treated her

Shona has spoken out for the first time about Brad’s treatment of her on MAFS UK

‘I’ll never again put up with this behaviour’

MAFS UK bride Shona has talked about her groom Brad Skelly’s treatment of her on MAFS UK. Brad has been accused of displaying “manipulative” and “controlling” behaviour towards Shona.

Brad has come under fire for his behaviour towards Shona, with show experts having to intervene on Wednesday’s episode as they warned his behaviour could become “dangerous.”

Women’s Aid has praised their decision after he shocked viewers with actions such as telling Shona to “shut up,” and claiming “he allows her” to feel emotions.

In a statement, the charity shared: “It is really important that the experts on the show called this out as controlling behaviour and challenged Brad’s view that it was acceptable to say that he had the right to allow Shona to be angry.

“TV programmes like these, which are based on the formation of relationships, need to be aware of the dynamics of controlling and coercive behaviour, and always send a clear message that it is wholly unacceptable.”

Shona has since written about how watching the show back made her feel, admitting it made for “uncomfortable viewing” and insisting she “will never again put up with this behaviour.”

She wrote in her Instagram post: “In this moment I’m trying to be so positive and give it all I’ve got because I’m really trying to believe in us and what I was feeling was so intense and heightened.

“The last two nights have been hard to watch and I know tonight will be even trickier. I’m aware of the insecurities I have, this experiment really brought them to the surface.

“Firstly I didn’t like the feeling that the group were talking about us in a negative way, I admit I want to be liked but I needed validation as deep down in my gut I knew there was truth in what people were saying and I was almost trying to convince myself.

“I was completely infatuated in that relationship, I got lost and in trying to defend us as a couple I was silenced. I don’t even remember that happening.

“It’s difficult to see what everyone else could see and what you are watching play out now. It’s uncomfortable to see this from the outside perspective and feeling what arises for me in witnessing what everyone else could see and now you’re watching it play out just as we watch it for the first time.

“I could honestly write so much as there are so many factors involved with what goes down within our pairing, a lot of things which happen off camera and things that aren’t aired… the good and the ugly.

“Most importantly I need to remember how far I’ve come since then. I’ve truly learnt so much on this journey, it’s been a huge lesson for me and it actually has been a very, very happy ending.

“You grow through what you go through and never again will I put up with this behaviour. Finally, thank you for your support and kind words it means so, so much.”

MAFS UK 2023 continues tonight on E4. For more on Brad and Shona from MAFS UK like The Holy Church of MAFS on Facebook.

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