Married at First Sight UK alum Jenna Robinson has responded to former co-star Thomas Hartley ‘s apology, following “sickening” comments made on a podcast recently.
Thomas, 31, made remarks – including a ‘joke’ about Jenna’s late father – during an appearance on a recent episode of Cool FM’s What’s Happenin’ podcast.
He has since apologised for any offence caused by the interview and said that he takes “full responsibility” for his behaviour. Thomas added that he regrets the situation.
Jenna, 32, has broken her silence on the situation in a post on Instagram this afternoon, in which she claims there was “not an ounce of response or respect” in the apology.
Addressing her supporters, she said in a statement: “Thank you to those of you who have reached out to check in on me”. She added in the recent post: “It really means a lot”.
She continued: “Honestly I’m struggling a little with what I’ve heard. And although for them it’s a laughable joke at my expense, I’m now having to deal with the aftermath of my family potentially hearing what I’ve heard and I’m trying my best to prevent that from happening.”
Jenna’s father is understood to have passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant that he wasn’t in attendance at her wedding on the E4 reality series.
She added: “As for the so called public ‘apology’ it’s yet another stab in the back. Not an ounce of remorse or respect and just to add I’ve had no personal apology either.”
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Following the podcast, Thomas said in a post: “I sincerely apologise for any offence I caused.” He said it “wasn’t right” and added he’d asked for the episode to be taken down.
As previously reported, he continued: “I take full responsibility and honestly completely regret the situation and what I said. I am honestly so sorry for any pain caused to anyone.
“There’s no excuse. I was out of order massively. I will live eternally with regret.”
He later commented: “The lines between comedy and insensitivity were massively blurred. I was genuinely too comfortable and said the complete wrong thing”.
Thomas has said he’s received deaths threats from people on social media over the situation, with him saying in a post: “It’s safe to say I’ve had some very dark thoughts.”
He said he will take a break from social media for a few days and added that he “can’t eat” and “can’t sleep” due to the reaction. He further commented: “This is really bad.”
The Mirror approached Thomas’ rep for comment.
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