Meet the jilted ex-fiancée of Married At First Sight’s Bryce – who he dumped SIX months before going on the show after five years together – as it’s claimed he’s ‘only looking for fame’
Married At First Sight‘s Bryce Ruthven left wife Melissa Rawson stunned on Monday when he confessed he’d been engaged to another woman just six months earlier.
And Daily Mail Australia can now reveal the identity of the 31-year-old radio host’s jilted ex-fiancée: Lana Bongioletti.
Bryce and Lana began dating in 2015 and soon moved in together. They had been an item for five years when he abruptly called off their wedding in mid-2020.
EXCLUSIVE! Meet Married At First Sight star Bryce Ruthven’s jilted fiancée Lana Bongioletti, who he left just SIX months before signing up to the Channel 9 dating show. Pictured together on their engagement anniversary in January 2020
Photos show the couple regularly travelled around Australia, sharing loved-up selfies from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and various venues around Brisbane.
They celebrated one year since their engagement in January 2020 by visiting the Gold Coast. He shared a post from their getaway on his now-deleted Twitter page.
‘One year on… and she’s still around!’ Bryce captioned a photo of the former couple.
What went wrong? They marked their one year engagement anniversary in January last year on the Goldcast, with a post shared to his now deleted Twitter page.
What went wrong? Photos show the couple regularly travelled around Australia, sharing loved-up selfies together at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and in Brisbane hotspots
Fame hungry: Recently deleted photos show the reality star snapping selfies with the likes of Nick Kyrgios, (right) Warwick Capper and Jennifer Hawkins. Lana also pictured (centre)
In the image, Lana showed off her diamond engagement ring while resting her hand on her fiancé’s chest.
The couple relocated to Canberra in May last year, when it was announced Bryce would be hosting the afternoon and weekend shift with Ellie Mobbs and Jason Roses.
He called time on their relationship shortly after making the move.
Like Bryce, Lana is a massive sports fan and has played soccer for various football clubs in Queensland.
Opposites attract: Married At First Sight took a major risk by pairing the cocky, newly single radio presenter with a fragile woman who hasn’t been on a date in more than a decade. Pictured left: workplace trainer Melissa Rawson
Opposites attract: Married At First Sight took a major risk by pairing a cocky, newly single radio presenter with a fragile woman who hasn’t been on a date in more than a decade. Pictured left: workplace trainer Melissa Rawson, and right: radio announcer Bryce Ruthven
Monday’s season eight premiere saw cocky Bryce with shy workplace trainer Melissa – and despite the odds being stacked against them, they really hit it off.
During his backstory segment, the radio announcer explained: ‘My most recent relationship lasted over five years.
‘We got engaged, I saw a wedding and us buying a house, settling down, having a family and creating a life together – but we wanted different things.’
Happy as Larry: Bryce said he was pleasantly surprised with his match
Daily Mail Australia reported in September that Bryce had reached out to former MAFS participants to ask them for advice about applying for the show.
In addition to this, he interviewed several cast members from last year’s season, including Josh Pihlak and Michael Goonan. for his radio program.
One former cast member said they were surprised to see Bryce on the Nine reality show because he was well aware of the negative experience they’d had.
‘Off air Bryce kept asking questions about whether it was worth signing up to the show and said he was really keen to give it ago,’ they said.
Married At First Sight continues Tuesday at 7:30pm on Channel Nine
Connected: Back in September last year, Daily Mail Australia revealed Bryce had reached out to former MAFS stars to ask them for advice about applying for the reality show. Pictured with 2020 couple KC Osborne and Michael Goonan