Married at First Sight contestant Bryce Ruthven says he “definitely” doesn’t regret his fiery argument with rival Sam Carrao during a televised dinner party and that he would “throw a jug of water on him next time” instead of a cup.
The former radio announcer with Canberra’s Hit 104.7 entered the reality television show to find his life partner but has found a lot of controversies instead.
And Bryce says, “the drama we’ve seen so far is just a warm-up of things to come”, as rumours circulate that he had a secret girlfriend in Canberra while on the show.
“There are some confrontations that come up from that because it’s not true,” he says.
“If you’ve already seen how I react so far, then you’ll know I’m not going to react too well.”
The 31-year-old is referring to his fight with Sam during a cocktail and dinner party on the show, which ended up in a battle of name-calling and Bryce throwing a cup of water over the fashion-label owner.
This has given Bryce a reputation for explosive anger, but he says Sam “deserved it” and that viewers didn’t see what the fight was really about.
“For me, the only disappointing part was not showing the reason why I was angry which was because he made a comment towards [television wife] Coco during the week, that because she wears fake tan, she looks like a burn victim,” Bryce said.
“That’s what I wanted to pull him up on and I was actually happy to have a civil chat.”
However, Bryce says he and Sam have kept things civil since running into each other in Melbourne post-filming.
“We’ve crossed paths at a couple of bars in Melbourne and we’ve both been very civil, we’re both adults,” he said.
“He’s not the kind of guy I’d be mates with going forward, but you can definitely be civil.”
Bryce has moved to Melbourne since taking part in the show and says he’s doing some casual, operational work for the radio station Nova.
While the fire may be out in his relationship with Sam, photos recently circulated online show Bryce involved in a fight with an opposing player during a soccer match in Melbourne.
However, Bryce argues the photo doesn’t show the full situation.
“There was a paparazzi at the game – they’ve been following me around a bit – and one of the guys on the team was making some homophobic slurs towards the boys in our team and then kicked one of our guys,” he says.
“Then me and a few of the other boys in our team tried to break it up before it escalated, and I got shoved in the face from him, he took offence to me trying to break it up.
“I guess the paparazzi can put whatever spin he wants on the photos, but I was trying to break a fight up, I wasn’t getting involved.”
Another controversy is the text messages leaked by former MAFS contestant Connie Craydon showing Bryce making advances while they were recording a radio demo together. In the messages, Bryce asks Connie if she thought about kissing him while together, which she quickly shut down.
However, Bryce denies he was being flirtatious and that Connie has been “very selective” with the parts of the text messages she’s revealed.
“There was definitely some instigating on her behalf. I don’t think what’s been leaked publicly is that bad and I don’t really classify that as flirting,” he said.
“I think she’s just bitter that we did a radio demo together for a Victorian station and it came back being pretty crap and ordinary so it didn’t get picked up.
“I think she had a goal of getting into media, making a bit of a profile for herself and unfortunately, the talent wasn’t there so it didn’t work out for her.”
As for Bryce and his television wife Melissa Rawson, the paparazzi has also snapped the pair together in Melbourne and Bryce says the experts couldn’t have found a more perfect match.
“I was asked to be challenged and get someone out of the usual for me,” he said.
“It’s no secret that I had a type of girl before going into the experiment that I was usually going for, so I said I wanted someone different and someone who would match me on an emotional and personal level, and I think I got that.”
Bryce said the pair are still speaking regularly and getting along really well.