He’s the long-haired lothario who came his ‘wife’ Martha Kalifatidis’ defence after she poured wine on Cyrell Paule during the finale of Married At First Sight.
And on Sunday, Michael Brunelli shared a touching anti-bullying message for his legions of fans.
Revealing he received a ‘truckload of hate’ during the show, the primary school teacher, 27, encouraged fans to ‘cut out’ bullies from their life.
‘I received a truckload of hate’: Michael Brunelli (L) encouraged fans to ‘cut out’ bullies… after defending ‘wife’ Martha Kalifatidis (R) in explosive showdown with Cyrell Paule
In a two-part video posted to Instagram, Michael said: ‘This is a message for any boy, any teenager and any grown man.
He continued: ‘If you wanna have a little bit of fun and put on some makeup, if you wanna paint your toenails or paint your partners toenails, you wanna wear a pink bathrobe, dress something that’s a little bit out there or flamboyant, or style your hair a little bit differently – then go and do it.’
‘Understand that it doesn’t make you any less of a man and it certainly doesn’t make you not masculine. And anyone that hates you for it, understand that those people are the ones with the problem.’
‘If you wanna have a little bit of fun and put on some makeup… dress something that’s a little bit out there or flamboyant, or style your hair a little bit differently – then go and do it,’ he said on Instagram, encouraging fans to be themselves
Known for experimenting with fashion and different hairstyles on the show, Michael revealed he often received hate online for the way he presented himself.
‘Understand that I went on national television and I did whatever I wanted, I expressed myself and I’ve copped a truckload of hate for it. All through my DMs.’
But despite the hateful comments, Michael says it’s not going to stop him from doing what makes him feel good.
‘I went on national television and I did whatever I wanted’: Known for experimenting with fashion and different hairstyles on the show, Michael revealed he often received hate online for the way he presented himself
‘And you know what? That goes for any woman as well. Don’t conform. Do whatever makes you happy. If you’re in a position where people are bullying you and hating on you… cut them out of your life,’ he said.
And the message comes after Michael defended Martha’s controversial actions during the explosive reunion dinner party on MAFS.
In the episode, Martha clashed with Cyrell, 29, pouring a glass of wine over her head – and the feisty Filipina retaliated by throwing red wine all over Martha’s white Prada dress.
Wine time: And the message comes after Michael defended Martha’s (left) ‘mean girl’ antics during the explosive reunion dinner party on MAFS
Following their clash, Michael defended Martha’s actions, telling his co-stars it was ‘a poor decision’ but claimed his ‘wife’ is just ’emotionally driven’.
‘I’m going to back her until the cows come home,’ he added.
After Martha returned to the group following the spat, she said: ‘It wasn’t like a spur of the moment thing… she knows how to press my buttons.
‘If I could go back, I wouldn’t pour the drink over her head, because that’s gross and I would judge another girl for doing that.’
Custom design: Having revealed her parents were helping her financially and that she had donned Prada for the finale, Martha ended up wearing Cyrell’s glass of wine following the spat
The brunette initially assaulted Martha with the drink after she had overheard the fiery bride berating her partner, Michael.
‘When it comes to your wife, you have no balls,’ said Cyrell to Michael.
Moments before this, Martha said: ‘If she keeps talking to Michael, I’m going to crawl across the table and gauge her eyes out.’
Standing by his woman! Sports teacher Michael (right) defended his ‘wife’s’ behaviour, saying she is just ’emotionally driven’