The new girlfriend of Married At First Sight ‘bad boy’ Sam Ball has broken her silence, revealing they are ‘in love’ and have been secretly dating for more than two months.
The explosive revelations by Akila Ahmunett will plunge Channel Nine’s publicity machine into chaos as the network is currently promoting an ‘affair’ storyline involving Sam, 26, and another contestant, Ines Basic.
Despite the drama playing out on screen, Akila confirmed to
MAFS spoiler! Sam Ball’s new girlfriend Akila Ahmunett (right) says they are ‘in love’ and have been dating for MONTHS – and claims his affair with Ines Basic was ‘staged for TV’
Akila, who is based in Sydney, revealed that she has known Sam since January 2018, but they didn’t start dating until December 3.
At this time, Sam was still technically in the MAFS experiment and under contract with Channel Nine and producers Endemol Shine Australia.
The couple have said, ‘I love you’, to each other and even spent New Year’s Eve together, according to Akila.
Happily ever after! Despite the drama playing out on screen, Akila confirmed on Tuesday that Sam does not end up with any of the women on MAFS – as he leaves both Ines and his ‘wife’ Elizabeth Sobinoff to date her instead
Sam’s girlfriend explained that they ‘don’t talk about’ Married At First Sight, nor do they watch it.
But when asked how the tradesman was handling the public backlash to the show, Akila said she would support him ‘through anything’.
Perhaps the most unexpected revelation from Akila’s interview with Who magazine concerns Sam’s ‘affair’ storyline with Ines Basic.
Making it official! The couple have said, ‘I love you’, to each other and even spent New Year’s Eve together, according to Akila. Pictured at a NYE party
She hinted that the whole relationship between Sam and Ines – which was supposedly happening between their spouses’ backs – was actually staged for TV.
‘At the time he didn’t know Ines at all so he just did what the producers wanted, but I know that he is very embarrassed and regretful of it all now,’ she said.
Sam and Ines’ ‘affair’ began on MAFS this week, with Tuesday’s episode showing them meeting up in secret for the first time after exchanging flirty texts.
Sam is paired with store manager Elizabeth Sobinoff on the show, while Ines is matched with entrepreneur Bronson Norrish. Both are unhappily ‘married’.
Whoops! The explosive revelations by Akila will plunge Channel Nine’s publicity machine into chaos as the network is currently promoting an ‘affair’ storyline involving Sam and Ines (left)
Spouse swapping! Sam is paired with store manager Elizabeth Sobinoff (left) on the show, while Ines is matched with entrepreneur Bronson Norrish (right). Both are unhappily ‘married’
Daily Mail Australia first reported on the ‘affair’ storyline – which echoes a scandal involving Davina Rankin and Dean Wells from last year’s season – earlier this month.
At the time, a source claimed that Sam ‘regretted’ going on MAFS and considered the whole experience a ‘mistake’.
They added that Sam wanted to leave the experiment as soon as he met Elizabeth and felt he was ‘giving producers what they wanted’ by moving on with Ines.
‘He just felt trapped on the show and wasn’t happy with Elizabeth,’ the insider said.
Bombshell: Daily Mail Australia first reported on the ‘affair’ storyline – which echoes a scandal involving Davina Rankin and Dean Wells from last year’s season – earlier this month
Meanwhile, Sam and Akila have been pictured together on social media several times in recent months and are ‘in a relationship’ on Sam’s secret Facebook account, where he goes by the name Roman Winston.
‘They have been together since the start of December but have known each other for a year,’ an anonymous source told Daily Mail Australia on February 3.
A photo also surfaced at the time of Sam and Akila cuddling at a house party on NYE, which corroborates Akila’s claim they they spent New Year’s together.
Going incognito? Sam and Akila are ‘in a relationship’ on Sam’s secret Facebook account, where he goes by the name Roman Winston
In a recent Facebook post, Sam thanked Akila for supporting him through a difficult few months, which included suffering a
‘When you think the roller coaster has ended, yet it continues,’ Sam wrote.
‘Now I’m laying in a hospital bed, thinking how lucky a man I am to have a woman with such a heart that she comes to my aid with a caring, solicitous and genuine concern for my well being.’
Married At First Sight continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel Nine
Happily ever after? Sam was paired with Elizabeth (left) on Married At First Sight, but he made it clear he was not physically attracted to her. Pictured on their wedding day