The transgender bride set to take Married at First Sight UK by storm transitioned aged 21 at a NHS hospital before spending £50,000 on cosmetic surgery to be ‘taken seriously’ as a woman, MailOnline can reveal today.
Channel 4 viewers will see Ella Morgan, 29, who was born Evan Morgan, wed a male contestant amid a row over whether the groom was told first or not.
Ms Morgan is shown in the trailer for MAFS telling her new husband her ‘big secret’ after they married, having admitted her transition has made her fear rejection after being treated as a ‘dirty secret’ in the past.
However, Channel 4 has now revealed that they did tell the man in advance he would be marrying a trans woman. It is understood that the man is ‘furious’ with how the broadcaster treated him during his time on the show and afterwards.
But the beauty and fashion consultant from Bristol says she is determined to be a star of the show to ‘shed light on the struggles and realities of being trans’, adding: ‘We’re not freaks or mentally ill. I’m still just like any other girl’.
She has spent £50,000 to create the body and face she ‘imagined’ before her transition began, but admits she will have more cosmetic surgery in the future.
Ella Morgan, 29, was born Evan Morgan (pictured before her transition) and is one of the new stars of Married at First Sight UK
Channel 4 became embroiled in a fakery row after pretending a man appearing on their show Married At First Sight UK was unaware he had been paired up with a transgender woman (Pictured: Ella Morgan)
Ella (right) said she was around six when she knew she felt different and was ’11 or 12′ when she felt sure she was transgender
Ella says ‘Evan is still a part of me’ but she wants to be taken seriously as a woman
Ms Morgan (right in red) says her parents (mum far left, dad far right) and her three brothers (also pictured) have been very supportive
Ella has spoken at length to the Transform website about her gender reassignment surgery and cosmetic surgery.
She says that when she was ’11 or 12′ she realised she wanted to transition. ‘I knew then I needed that surgery and I wanted to do it’, she said.
She had her sex change when she was 21 at a NHS hospital in Brighton, where she also had breast construction surgery. Since then she has paid for a second breast enlargement and fillers in her face costing £50,000.
Describing why she said: ‘You need to look feminine to pass as a woman otherwise people won’t take it seriously. I was under a lot of pressure to look good.
‘I needed to plump out my face. It was very skinny and gaunt. My body is how I imagined it. Part of me wants to go a bit more with the filler, bit more with the breast implants. That’s how I am. I am all or nothing.
‘I also had laser hair removal, including on my face, and voice therapy at a local hospital for a number of months, although my voice didn’t really bother me as I’m quite well-spoken with a relatively feminine voice anyway.
‘Evan is still a part of me. Trying to erase that by changing myself through surgery was never going to fix everything, although I used to think it would.
‘I’m very grateful that I’ve had surgery, hormones, laser hair removal and the rest, because it’s made my life easier and helped me become the person I knew I was, but procedures don’t fix everything. Money can’t buy learning to accept yourself as the whole package, inside and out’.
Ella, who is originally from Bristol, told MailOnline that she is proud to be trans and she is ‘just like any other girl’
In an interview with MailOnline, Ella has told of her relief at appearing on Married At First Sight UK because she says she no longer has to hide
Ella Morgan says her TV appearance is to educate viewers
Ella has spoken at length about her gender reassignment surgery and cosmetic surgery
Ella admits that some members of her family were unsure, even upset, by her decision to transition.
She said: ‘My mum found the GP leaflets under my bed, so my secret was out. Although she was a bit shocked at first, she was very supportive. Dad was another matter, though – he wouldn’t look at me for 3 months, which was awful, but he wasn’t as educated about it then.
My brothers started to realise what was going on and, being 3 males, they weren’t overjoyed at the idea of a transgender sibling. They didn’t seem on board with my change, but when my dad saw that the rest of the family had negative opinions, he started to come around and we began to talk. He realised I was his child, whether daughter or son, and he didn’t want to lose me. He could see it was what I needed to do in order to be truly happy, no matter what others thought.
‘I had my surgery in April 2015. My dad was incredibly supportive and came along with me, staying in a hotel so that he could be there for me. My mum joined my dad for a few days, too. I didn’t understand at the time just how hard it was for them to see me go through this, and I’m so grateful that they were there for me. It was the ‘end’ of the son they once had, yet the start of my new life as the real me.
‘I really hope I have made my parents proud as a daughter. And I hope that my brothers are proud to call me their sister. I am so proud of them – they’ve shown me how it’s possible for people to change their mindset when they’re put in difficult situations. They have accepted me, and they treat me in the way I’d always dreamed of’.
Channel 4 has sparked a fakery row after pretending that a male contestant was unaware he was ‘marrying’ a trans woman.
Married at First Sight UK, which is now in its eighth series, pairs up 16 singletons who meet for the first time on their wedding day. The series follows the couples through their marriages, which are not legally binding.
Miss Morgan, 29, is the first transgender contestant to appear on the show. She told the Mail: ‘I’m really proud of it because going into this I was scared to say that I’m trans but now I can hold my head up high. I have changed a lot of people’s minds and I have also found me. I am proud to say I’m trans and so what it’s just a label. I’m still just like any other girl.
‘I don’t want to be someone’s dirty secret, but I feel like people aren’t educated these days.’
In a statement, a Channel 4 spokesman told the Mail that ‘the groom was told that the match found for him was a trans woman’ before the ceremony.
The spokesman added: ‘This is the first time [Married At First Sight] has featured a trans bride so, to ensure fully informed consent, and with the permission of the bride, the groom was told that the match found for him was a trans woman. In all other ways, the integrity of the format was preserved.’ Channel 4 bosses said that ‘a high duty of care’ was put into the match.
Last year Married at First Sight faced controversy after one of its contestants, George Roberts, was accused of being emotionally abusive by three ex-girlfriends. He denied all the claims.
It isn’t the first time that Channel 4 has been accused of duping viewers. In 2007, chat show Richard & Judy was found to be rigging its phone-in by charging £1 for phone entries – even though the successful participants had already been chosen.
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