MAFS’ Jessika Power hits back at former drug addict mother



Jessika Power’s mother Melinda Mackenzie revealed on Monday that she was ashamed by her daughter’s behaviour on Married At First Sight. 

And now, the 27-year-old has hit back and disputed ‘all’ of the claims her mother made during the bombshell interview with Woman’s Day.   

‘She has absolutely no place in my life. She hasn’t been a part of my life for four years,’ Jessika told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘She has absolutely no place in my life and I don’t need her’: Jessika Power (L) has disputed ‘all’ of her mother’s claims on Monday… after the former drug addict revealed she was ashamed by her daughter’s behaviour on MAFS. Pictured right, Melinda Mackenzie 

‘My aunt brought me up. I have so much love in my life from my auntie, my two dads [her biological father and stepfather] and siblings. I don’t need her.’ 

Jessika’s aunt Rebecca as also denied her sister’s claims, telling Daily Mail Australia that she is ‘gobsmacked’ any publication would buy an article from Melinda.  

Meanwhile, speaking to Woman’s Day on Monday, Melinda revealed she felt ashamed watching her daughter cheat on ‘husband’ Mick Gould on Married At First Sight earlier this year.

She went on to claim that Jessika’s behaviour was ‘out of line’ when she left Mick for fellow groom Daniel Webb.

‘She has absolutely no place in my life. She hasn’t been a part of my life for four years,’ Jessika told Daily Mail Australia on Monday 

‘My jaw just dropped,’ said the 48-year-old former drug addict and alcoholic. ‘I couldn’t believe what I was watching. As soon as I saw her make a move on Dan, I knew it was all over for Mick.’

Melinda explained that while she felt sorry for Mick, she always ‘knew where [Jessika’s] behaviour was going to go’.

She even contacted the Queensland-based farmer to apologise on her daughter’s behalf, adding: ‘He was genuinely grateful to hear from me.’

Shame: In an interview with Woman’s Day on Monday, Melinda Mackenzie claimed Jessika’s behaviour was ‘out of line’ when she left Mick Gould for fellow groom Daniel Webb (right)

In a bizarre admission, Melinda then claimed that she would have been better suited for Mick, saying: ‘If they ever did a proper Married At First Sight without the ‘bulls**t, I’d be a 98 per cent match to him.’ 

Melinda also took the opportunity to deny what she claims are ‘untruths’ about her relationship with her daughter.

She told Woman’s Day that, contrary to previous reports, Jessika had a happy childhood and was not ‘forced to raise her younger siblings’. 

Furthermore, Melinda denied that her sister Rebecca ‘raised’ Jessika and her brother Rhyce, saying that she looked after her own children except for when she was recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Having her say: Melinda, who is a former drug addict and alcoholic, said she ‘couldn’t believe it’ when her daughter cheated on Mick (pictured on their wedding day) with Dan

While she still loves her daughter and insists they are not estranged, Melinda said their relationship won’t improve until Jessika ‘apologises for the way she has treated’ her.

The tell-all interview comes after Jessika revealed earlier this month that she was ‘devastated and inconsolable’ to learn Melinda had sold a story to the press.

In a lengthy Instagram post, she claimed that ‘nothing could have prepared her’ for her mother’s betrayal. 

‘So this week I had my very own mother try to sell a story about me,’ she wrote.

Hurt: In a lengthy Instagram post earlier this month, Jessika said that ‘nothing could have prepared her’ for her mother’s betrayal

‘I’ve remained silent on why she isn’t in my life out of the small shred of respect I had left for her and our relationship. As you can imagine I was completely devastated and inconsolable after hearing what she had done.

‘This year has been a massive emotional roller-coaster for me but nothing could have prepared me for this.’

Jessika then urged her followers to be ‘kinder’ to people, adding: ‘You never truly know [what] someone else could be going through.’

Jessika’s relationship with her mother has been strained for years, and it has been previously claimed she was raised by her aunt Rebecca – which Melinda denies.

Rebecca was there when Jessika ‘married’ Mick Gould on MAFS, accompanied by the bride’s biological father Troy Power and her older brother Rhyce.

Heartbreaking family feud: Jessika’s relationship with her mother has been strained for years

Melinda was not invited. She told Woman’s Day that Jessika and the whole family – including Melinda’s own mother – kept Jessika’s involvement in the show a secret from her, which left her heartbroken.

Melinda claimed this was a ‘betrayal’ for which she will never forgive her daughter, and that it even drove her to thoughts of suicide.

In an interview with Yahoo! Lifestyle earlier this month, Melinda claimed she wasn’t invited to the televised wedding because Jessika was ’embarrassed’ by her. 

‘That affected me more than anything because I would have wanted nothing more than to see my daughter walk down the aisle,’ Melinda said at the time. 

Slinging match: In an interview with Yahoo! earlier this month, Melinda claimed she wasn’t invited to her daughter’s TV wedding (pictured) because Jessika was ’embarrassed’ by her

Jessika, who had previously refrained from discussing her mother publicly, responded to the Yahoo interview by saying she would ‘never’ have invited Melinda to her wedding.

She explained that her mother’s battle with alcohol and drugs was to blame for their strained relationship.

‘My mother [while I was growing up] was a drug addict,’ Jessika said. ‘I helped her, the whole family helped her through it.’

Notorious: Jessika became one of MAFS’ most controversial participants after she embarked on an affair with Dan Webb while still ‘married’ to Mick Gould on the show

Melinda acknowledges she has struggled with addiction and relapse in the past.

Jessika became one of MAFS’ most controversial participants after she embarked on an affair with Dan Webb while still ‘married’ to Mick on the show.

She has since embarked on a career as a model and Instagram influencer, and is currently represented by celebrity agent Max Markson. 

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