'You're the bullies': MAFS' Martha slams Sunrise
MARTHA from Married At First Sight has denied claims she intentionally elbowed David Koch at the Logies, accusing the Sunrise hosts of 'bullying' her.
The reality TV bride responded to allegations madeby Koch and Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage about her red carpet conduct on Sunday night.
In a YouTube video, Martha - who is trying to rebuild her public image after her portrayal on MAFS - gave her side of the saga.
"Just when I had built myself back up after the tumultuous time on MAFS, you brought it all crashing down. Kochie, you are a father, yet you felt it necessary to shame me on TV," Martha wrote on Instagram.
She also accused the Sunrise hosts of "ridiculing" her.
"You felt it was OK to criticise me, call me short and turn what may have been accidental bump on the arm into something scandalous. You're the bullies," Martha said.
"You don't know me. I have never spoken to you. You think it's okay to sit on the morning show make up this story that I elbowed what's his name?'"
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I was excited about the Logies for weeks, I got my outfit, my accessories, my dress ready. Michael and I attended the event and we had a fun night with our fellow cast members and others from the media world. We left the night on a high, what an amazing experience it was to be invited to walk the red carpet at the Logies. That all came crashing down this morning when I woke up to see @kochie_online and @sam_armytage from the Sunrise morning show ridicule and bully me on national television. Sam continued to make fun of me, a women in the industry that I’m meant to look up to. Sam, you have single handedly incited online hate towards me. Just when I had built myself back up after the tumultuous time on MAFS, you brought it all crashing down. Kochi, you are a father, yet you felt it necessary to shame me on tv. You felt it was OK to criticise me, call me short and turn what may have been accidental bump on the arm into something scandalous. You’re the bullies! @sam_armytage @kochie_online @sunriseon7
Martha called out Armytage for her part in it: "She really went for me. I didn't even speak to you the whole night!'
Speaking of Koch, Martha added: "I was like dude, you're like my dad's age. My dad would never say something about some young girl.'"
It all started yesterday when the Sunrise hosts said they were not impressed by the controversial Married At First Sight star.
During Sunrise's post-Logies broadcast, Koch accused Martha of elbowing him on the red carpet.
"I've still got bruises in the ribs from the Married At First Sight woman who elbowed me on the way through," Koch said on Seven.
And it didn't stop there. Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr asked for clarification: "The one with the dark hair?"
"Someone is saying Martha in my ear. I could not pick her out of a line-up. But my god, she got you in the ribs," Samantha Armytage added, to which Barr replied, "She had attitude".
The exchange over the former MAFS star continued when Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta warned, "Do not get between Martha and the camera."
Then Armytage delivered the real zinger: "Especially when you've only got 15 minutes of fame," to which the Sunrise panel gasped and erupted in laughter.
Armytage retaliated at her take-down: "Stop looking at me like that today! You are having a crack at her and when I have a crack!"
It came as Martha told News Corp Australia she is trying to change her public image.
"I have a bit of a bad reputation so we are trying to fix that," Kalifatidis said on the red carpet at the Logies.
"I probably have the bad rep because I sauced a girl on national TV, among other things.
"I know exactly what I've done wrong.
"People need to see who the real me is. No one knows who I am and what I am really like and I am excited for people to get to know me."