Married At First Sight UK fans have praised relationship expert Paul Brunson for putting the couples under the spotlight during Thursday’s reunion.
The second drama-packed reunion episode saw the couples catch up with experts Paul, Mel Schilling and Charlene Douglas after Wednesday’s tense dinner party.
And Paul did not shy away from giving the couples his opinions on their break-ups as he criticised Luke Worley and Brad Skelly for their behaviour in their relationships.
Brad came under fire as his now-ex-wife Shona Manderson accused him of ‘love-bombing’ and called him ‘deceitful’ for saying he had no emotional connection.
Paul then slammed him as he accused him of having an ‘overly-inflated view’ of his ’emotional intelligence’ and ‘weaponising’ it as he said his actions were ‘terrible’.
Grilling: Married At First Sight UK fans have praised relationship expert Paul Brunson for putting the couples under the spotlight during Thursday’s reunion
The expert also criticised Luke as he and Jay Howard spoke about their break-up and Luke insisted he was ‘done’ and wouldn’t ‘change’ for anyone, with Paul arguing that he should be open to positive change.
And viewers were quick to take to X – formerly known as Twitter – to praise Paul for ‘calling out’ the two grooms on their behaviour on the show.
One wrote: ‘OMG Paul did not come to play tonight! He’s earning his pay as an expert,’ while another said: ‘Yesss Paul on Brad. 100% correct.’
A third tweeted: ‘Paul! You king!,’ and a fourth said: ‘Paul. RESPECT. Seriously amazing,’ while another added: ‘Love Paul calling out Luke. Nailed it.’
Brad came under fire during the reunion as Shona voiced her upset that he said he never had any ’emotional attraction’ to her.
She fumed: ‘I find it very deceitful… he was patronising me, listing things he doesn’t like about me. I felt you were putting on a show in the experiment. I thought oh my God, I’ve been love-bombed by this guy!’
Paul then supported Shona and slammed Brad as he told him: ‘I think you have an overly-inflated view of your emotional intelligence and then what you do is weaponise it. You show up with good intentions, but the actions are terrible, they are terrible.’
When asked by Charlene what he thought about the comments, he said: ‘No, just agree really, just completely take it on board… I respect her as a person, and I do want to be friends.’
Honest: Paul did not shy away from giving the couples his opinions on their break-ups as he criticised Luke Worley (pictured) and Brad Skelly for their behaviour in their relationships
Awkward: Brad came under fire as his ex Shona Manderson accused him of ‘love-bombing’, while Paul then slammed him for having an ‘overly-inflated view’ of his ’emotional intelligence’
‘You king!’: And viewers were quick to take to X – formerly known as Twitter – to praise Paul for ‘calling out’ the two grooms on their behaviour on the show
Shona replied: ‘I wish Bradley all the love in the world, he has a good heart, but I don’t want to be your friend. That line there is unhealthy.’
‘I don’t need more friends, I’ve got loads of friends,’ she added, as she vowed never to ignore ‘red flags’ in a relationship again.
Elsewhere, Paul also quizzed Luke on why he wouldn’t try and change to make things work with Jay as she admitted she still had feelings for him.
Jay, 31, and Luke, 30, shocked viewers during Wednesday’s reunion dinner party when they arrived separately and said they had decided they’d just be ‘friends’.
While speaking to the experts on Thursday, they spoke about what had gone wrong after they left the experiment after Luke was ejected for a physical fight with Jordan.
Luke said: ‘The turning point, if I’m honest, was when Jay went back to work. She sent me a text saying, I wasn’t showing her enough affection, I wasn’t texting her enough, I wasn’t being attentive enough.’
Jay argued that she wanted him to communicate with him more, but Luke insisted he had been ‘more attentive’ than he ever had before.
Jay said: ‘I’m not asking for blood, I’m asking for bare minimum, just back and forth communication.’
Luke then spoke about how Jay had ended things because she didn’t think it was working, but she tearfully said how she told him that she immediately changed her mind as she appeared to want to make things work.
Break-up: Paul quizzed Luke on why he wouldn’t try and change to make things work with Jay as she admitted she still had feelings for him.
When asked why they broke up, Luke said it was due to ‘distance’, but Paul slammed his answer and insisted there are always ways to solve long distance.
He fumed: ‘I always call BS on distance. I bet you that [Paul] would crawl over broken glass, because that’s what you do. Excuse, excuse, excuse. Give us the why.’
The other couples then got involved with the row as they told Luke that Jay was ‘in love’ with him and urged him to try and make it work with her.
Rozz Darlington said: ‘She’s obviously in love with you, and she doesn’t know where it’s at.’
While Ella Morgan added: ‘We’re gutted for you because I felt like there was no fight from you.’
Jay then said she didn’t think Luke liked her as much as she liked him, to which he hit back with: ‘100 per cent not. I actually thought that I was into her more than she was into me… when she ended it I was like was she ever into me?’
Luke was then asked by the experts if he was willing to work on things with Jay, but he said: ‘No, I’m done now.’
Split: Jay, 31, and Luke, 30, shocked viewers during Wednesday’s reunion dinner party when they arrived separately and said they had decided they’d just be ‘friends’
Jay broke down in tears as she dejectedly said: ‘There you go.’
Luke said: ‘It’s not going to work because I can’t change how I am, I’m not that sort of guy.’
But Paul asked him: ‘The question is – do you want to change?’, to which Luke said: ‘I’ll be honest, I ain’t changing for no-one.’
A tearful Jay then said: ‘There’s no fight in you, there’s never been any fight in you. I’m not chasing someone that doesn’t want to be chased, it’s f**king embarrassing.’
Speaking to camera, Jay said after the emotional scenes: ‘It’s just sad, you think that you – yeah – it’s just sad because I know I’m not going to see him again.’