Mel Schilling has revealed her heartbreak after her first love left her for her best friend in high school.In an editorial for The Sun on Sunday, the 50 year old Married At First Sight relationship expert reflected on her first romance.She said she was 15 years old at the time, and had spent weeks passing notes back and forth with a boy named Stuart before ‘he finally asked me to be his girlfriend’.

Mel said she was ‘so shy’ that most of their correspondence ended up being through their friends.But she said he dumped her just six months into their fledgling relationship, and admitted: ‘I was heartbroken’.

 She continued ,‘I was desperate to stay friends with him and even pretended I didn’t care when he moved on with my best pal,’.‘Though it was incredibly painful at the time, that experience set me up for how brutal the modern dating world can be.’Mel eventually met her now-husband Gareth Brisbane through a dating website, with the couple marrying in Bali in July 2018 after a six year engagement. 

‘I was desperate to stay friends with him and even pretended I didn’t care when he moved on with my best pal,’ she admitted.The couple also share a seven-year-old daughter Maddie, who they conceived through IVF. In a November 2017 interview with podcast Honey Mums, Mel revealed she ‘was single for my whole 30’s’.  

She confessed that she had almost given up on finding love and starting a family when she met Gareth.‘I wanted a relationship, but every time a man came near me, you should have seen my body language,’ she said, as reported by 9Honey.‘It said, “Don’t touch me or I don’t need you or don’t come any closer or you’re going to get your head bitten off.”‘

She added: ‘We’ve all got history and I think I was carrying it around pretty heavily.’‘Though it was incredibly painful at the time, that experience set me up for how brutal the modern dating world can be,’ she confessed.

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