Mike Gunner. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Mike Gunner. Picture: Jonathan Ng

MAFS star’s X-rated confession

It seems Mike Gunner had quite the female fan base during this year's season of Married At First Sight.

The MAFS star - who divided fans with his opinions about female "biology" - told the Love Sex Magic podcast he had been inundated with nude photos while on the show.

Gunner admitted he had women "sliding into his DMs" on Instagram even while episodes were airing showing him with his TV wife, Heidi Latcham.

"Oh yeah, totally," Gunner told host Jana Hocking. "Well, you take it as a compliment don't you? I got a lot of compliments and that always makes you feel good … I got a lot of nude pictures and stuff. … (they were) as nude as you can get."

Amazingly, Gunner said he made sure to reply to every nude he got - with one notable exception.

"One of my things is that I respond to everyone," he said. "Unless it was somebody who didn't introduce themselves and say, 'oh hey Mike, I really like you from the show, this is me nude.' If they just sent the picture I was like nah, I would delete them.

MAFS star Mike Gunner. Picture: Jonathan Ng
MAFS star Mike Gunner. Picture: Jonathan Ng

"It's like, you've got to introduce yourself, you've still got to have some manners."

Despite being inundated with female attention, Gunner kept up the facade that he was still with Latcham when replying to his admirers.

"I would say something like, 'hey thank you for being so kind, it's very flattering but I'm in a relationship," he said.

Gunner also reflected on his time on MAFS, in which he was roasted by fans for his treatment of wife Latcham at times, and comments at the reunion.

He infamously told Latcham "I'm not your therapist" while she was opening up to him about her childhood in foster care.

Heidi Latcham and Mike Gunner. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.
Heidi Latcham and Mike Gunner. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.

Gunner had also claimed "groups of women under pressure don't cope as well as groups of men under pressure" at the reunion, drawing outcry from contestants and viewers alike.

Looking back on his time on the show, Gunner realised he was "probably a bit insensitive".

"I tend to be a bit of a straight shooter. That can be very helpful in some aspects of life … in love you've got to be a little gentler," he said.

"I dropped the ball a lot of times and I've watched it back - actually I've watched it back probably more than once - and it's been really helpful to see where I've fallen down."

But he rejected claims that he had been guilty of gaslighting on MAFS.

"No, that's a firm no, I didn't," he said.

"I will say this to gaslighting … that is when you are essentially trying to reduce someone's self-esteem or trying to make someone seem or feel like they are a little bit crazy - that's not me, and it certainly wasn't my intention.

"And if it appeared that way, well, I think that's unfair because that's not what I'm like."

Since leaving MAFS Gunner has found love with model and truck driver Jessica Williamson.


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