Married on First Sight UK returned to our screens on August 29 for its seventh season, starring 17 hopeful singletons banking on love while tying the knot with complete strangers.
The reality TV series, based on the Danish series of the same name, brings couples together based on scientific and sociological factors, with the contestants meeting their future spouses for the first time on their wedding day.
At this point, the couples are past their wedding anniversaries and honeymoons and are adjusting to married life. You can read more about the couples of 2022 here.
One contestant in particular, Whitney Hughes, has already received a lot of backlash from fans for her behavior and treatment of her partner Duka Cav, who moved to England from Yugoslavia when she was 10 years old.
So who is Whitney Hughes and why are fans unhappy with her? Below is everything we know about the 31-year-old legal personal assistant from St Albans.
Whitney and Duka first met on their wedding anniversary, and it’s safe to say it wasn’t love at first sight for the PA.
“I wanted a man towering over me, like massive, like a brick house. It’s maybe a shed compared to a house,” she said of the 31-year-old human resource recruitment coordinator. “But there are no spots in his beard, so I won’t smack his beard.
Whitney added, “I might be in between saying the vows, or maybe just walking like that. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done in my damn life.”
While she was initially ready to run, the pair later bonded as Whitney opened up about her mother’s recent death.
Whitney lost her mother, 55, in a tragic car accident in 2019. After her death, Whitney campaigned for better road safety in Hertfordshire, creating a petition entitled Make Redbourn Road Safe.
The show’s producers issued a statement saying: “Her mother was her best friend and although she had a strict upbringing, she is proud that it made her the strong and independent woman she is now .”
Whitney previously said she wanted a man who was perfect and would tick all the boxes for her.
As for her past relationships, she said she’s never found anyone “good enough” to bring him home to her family.
She admitted she has “such high expectations of her potential partner” and worries about “never letting anyone in.”
Whitney’s social media presence remains fairly sparse. She appears to only have one Instagram account, where she mostly posts photos of her travel experiences and a handful of tributes to her mother.
Married at first sight airs Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. on E4.
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