MAFS' Tahnee Cook has addressed her falling out with Melinda Willis: 'Hurtful'

EXCLUSIVE: Tahnee Cook has been left 'confused' as to what happened to her friendship with Melinda Willis.

MAFS' Melinda and Tahnee appear to no longer be friends. Photo:
MAFS' Melinda and Tahnee appear to no longer be friends. Photo:

After eagle-eyed fans spotted MAFS' Melinda Willis had unfollowed Tahnee Cook on Instagram, Melinda all but confirmed the two had a falling out after being asked in an Instagram Q&A why she unfollowed her former friend.

While she didn't answer directly, the Season 10 MAFS bride gave a cryptic response to a follower, using a quote tile saying, 'Remember, you don't need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of'.

Melinda and Tahnee appeared to be close friends on their season of MAFS in 2023, and Melinda featured as a guest on Tahnee's podcast Chuffed to talk all things MAFS, what happened with their relationships during and after the show, and everything in between.

In February this year, Melinda appeared on the podcast as a guest again with the two friends delving into their relationship breakups and how they're navigating the splits, as well as recapping the first couple of episodes of the 2024 season of Married at First Sight.

Melinda's Instagram Story. Photo:
Melinda's Instagram Story. Photo:


However it appears since then, the friendship has dissolved and it hasn't been public information as to why until Melinda uploaded that Instagram story yesterday. Tahnee still currently follows Melinda on Instagram.

In an exclusive statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, Tahnee addressed her friendship with Melinda and said the entire situation has been confusing.

"As far as I’m aware - nothing has happened, so this entire situation has confused me, to be honest. When I noticed Mel had unfollowed me out of the blue, I went to her directly to ask if something was wrong and was met with no response," Tahnee said.

"The Instagram quote didn’t really make much sense to me. As someone who has been there for her throughout the show and after, it was quite hurtful to see especially after I had reached out to check in and never got responses. I don’t agree with how this was handled so publicly after no attempt to discuss anything with me in private," she continued.

MAFS' Tahnee Cook
Tahnee said she's reached out to Melinda numerous times and hasn't heard back. Photo:


"I honestly have no idea what prompted her to unfollow me as no 'situation' happened. I also didn’t want to jump to any of my own conclusions or speculate why, however, I do find it super disappointing that this has been brought to a public forum when I had actively reached out privately to work through whatever issue she may have had. In my opinion there was just really no need for this. I just wish Mel all the best," Tahnee finished.

Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to Melinda for comment.

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