Married At First Sight's JJ Slater hits back at transphobic comments as he re-enters experiment with Ella Morgan
26 October 2023, 12:25
Married At First Sight's JJ Slater has told fans he is not bisexual and that he sees Ella Morgan as "a woman, because that's what she is".
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Ella, who is the first transgender person to take part in the hit reality TV show, was originally married to Nathanial Valentino, however found a stronger connection with Bianca Petronzi's husband later in the show.
Ahead of the return, JJ hit out at transphobic comments as he joined fellow groom Luke Worley for a TikTok live.
As reported by The Sun, JJ answered a fan's question by saying: "Am I bi now? No! I see Ella as a girl. I don't know how many times I have to say that. The thing is everyone in the experiment saw Ella as a woman and a girl because that's what she is."
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Luke, who is married to Jay Howard, added: "Ella to me is a woman. I had never been around someone trans so I had to personally be educated.
"I look at trans people totally different now. I had to have this conversation with Ella because I needed to be educated as well."
Speaking about hateful comments shared online regarding Ella's trans identity, Luke added: "Speak to your friends about it in your group chat or privately, not on a comment or a post. Speak about it privately if you want to have a rant. I think people forget. They think we're just characters, we aren't."
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Earlier in the series, Ella came out as transgender to her fellow cast members at the first dinner party.
In an emotional speech, she said: “When I was born, I appeared very different to how I do today. My mum gave birth to four boys. Three brothers, and then me. My mom asked me when I was younger if I was gay, and I said, ‘No mom, I’m a woman.’ She said, ‘You want to be a girl?’ I said, ‘No. I am a girl.’ I’ve never questioned who I am. I’ve always known I’m Ella inside.”
She went on: “We all have struggles in life. Most people just never have to question their identity or their gender. I don’t expect you guys to understand or get me. All I ask is that you respect me and treat me as the person I am. I’m not ashamed to stand here as an openly transgender woman [even though] there’s so much negative stigma about trans people.
"Now that my outside, and it’s a very sexy outside, matches my inside, I stand in front of you all as an openly trans woman. But more importantly, I stand here as Ella and all I want to do is be seen and treated as the girl that I am, finally.”
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