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Married At First Sight star Melissa Walsh busted her former fiancé sharing nude images

Married At First Sight’s Melissa Walsh has revealed she ended her engagement to her former fiancé after discovering he had shared nude images of another woman with his friends. 

Artist Fred Whitson was convicted of two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass, or cause offence and of prejudicial conduct by Defence Force Magistrate Major General Michael Cowan in August. 

Whitson, who was a member of the Royal Australian Navy, was also dismissed from the service over the incident. 

Married At First Sight’s Melissa Walsh (pictured) has revealed she ended her engagement to her former fiancé after discovering he had shared nude images of another woman with friends

Whitson and two other men were implicated in the nude photo leak, after Whitson obtained the images under the guise of being used as references for his artwork. 

Walsh, 47, discovered the photographs on Whitson’s phone in September 2020 after seeing a text from Whitson’s navy colleague requesting to view the images as he ‘needed to w**k’.

‘I said to him you need to get some help, this is illegal what you are doing – you have used your reputation as an “artist” to get these poor young girls to get their gear off for you and your friends,’ she tells The Daily Telegraph. 

Artist Fred Whitson (right) was convicted of two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass, or cause offence and of prejudicial conduct by Defence Force Magistrate Major General Michael Cowan in August

Artist Fred Whitson (right) was convicted of two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass, or cause offence and of prejudicial conduct by Defence Force Magistrate Major General Michael Cowan in August

Walsh ended her relationship with Whitson that same week and contacted his victim. 

‘I was so anxious when I messaged her – I felt sick in the stomach because I knew I was giving her information that was going to be devastating,’ she said.

‘But I know the reason why I shared that information with her – if it was happening to me I would want to know.’

Walsh, 47, discovered the photographs on Whitson's phone in September 2020 after seeing a text from Whitson's navy colleague requesting to view the images as he 'needed to w**k'

Walsh, 47, discovered the photographs on Whitson’s phone in September 2020 after seeing a text from Whitson’s navy colleague requesting to view the images as he ‘needed to w**k’

Walsh says she came to the heartbreaking realisation that the man she loved had ‘always been untrustworthy and sly’ and ‘actually quite slimy underneath’.

Walsh confirmed her split from Whitson in 2020, just days before Christmas.

‘After three years together, with a heavy heart I have to say that Fred and I have parted ways,’ she began in an Instagram post. 

‘I have loved him very much and will always treasure our good times together.’

Walsh ended her relationship with Whitson that same week and contacted his victim

 Walsh ended her relationship with Whitson that same week and contacted his victim

While she didn’t give a reason for their split at the time, she added that sometimes ‘life doesn’t work out the way we planned, but we must have faith that better things await us’. 

‘Whilst this is a very difficult time for all involved, I know that I leave with my head held high. I am strong, resilient and my integrity is at the forefront of all my decisions.’

She then thanked everyone for their support, before saying her ‘heart goes out’ to anyone going through something similar.

Walsh confirmed her split from Whitson in 2020, just days before Christmas

 Walsh confirmed her split from Whitson in 2020, just days before Christmas 

‘Whatever you do, the most important thing I’ve learnt is be kind to yourself, take all the time you need to grieve, spend times in the safe haven of family and friends, and have faith that this is happening for your own good in the end,’ she added.

On his Instagram page, Fred shared a message of his own.

After saying he was ‘privileged’ to have been with Melissa for three years, he cryptically added: ‘A lot of us also have our own personal demons, sometimes so insidious that you didn’t even realize were there, and that eventually exact an enormous toll. 

‘So now comes a time for me of reflection and redevelopment, to become a better person. It’s a long road ahead…’

Walsh says she came to the heartbreaking realisation that the man she loved had 'always been untrustworthy and sly' and 'actually quite slimy underneath'

Walsh says she came to the heartbreaking realisation that the man she loved had ‘always been untrustworthy and sly’ and ‘actually quite slimy underneath’

The pair were all set to marry back in June in Vanuatu, but put their plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Melissa previously told Daily Mail Australia that her wedding was set to be a ‘private affair’.

‘Just the two of us, maybe some friends and family and not a massive production,’ she said.

The pair had announced their engagement back in December 2018.  

Melissa rose to fame on Married At First Sight back in early 2018 when she tied the knot with co-star John Robertson.

Melissa rose to fame on Married At First Sight back in early 2018, when she tied the knot with co-star John Robertson (pictured)

Melissa rose to fame on Married At First Sight back in early 2018, when she tied the knot with co-star John Robertson (pictured)

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