The show may have been an instant success for Netflix, but the out-of-this-world drama has spurred many viewers to question its authenticity, even claiming the cast are paid actors. And after it was revealed that the newly-wed couple were, in fact, already married when the extravagant wedding took place, it only fuelled the fire.
A representative of the realtor confirmed to People magazine that she and husband Romain Bonnet did indeed have a civil union a year prior to their 2019 nuptials, however, reaffirmed that "in their minds, they weren't properly married until the wedding that was filmed on the show."
And now Mary has finally set the record straight during a radio interview, explaining that, while they were technically married, there was nothing "fake" about the event.
"Our wedding was absolutely real," she said. "We invited all of our friends and family. We didn't tell anybody [about the civil union]. We just signed the paper for personal reasons, and then we wanted to wait until we could have our real wedding."
Fans were quick to point out that them already being married explained Romain's seemingly-harsh lack of interest in planning the big day. But Mary claims that it actually meant more to him to hold a lavish ceremony.
"Romain's never been married before," she said. "A wedding didn't mean that much to me. I was happy to just go on a beach in Bali, and I tried very hard to do that actually. No cameras, no anything, just our closest friends."
"It's not that big of a deal," she explained, before addressing all the accusations that her on-screen nuptials were purely for show.
"You see all of our family! How can you fake that? That was our wedding!" she continued. "People sign a certificate all the time before they do their actual wedding."
The couple met through mutual friends back in 2017 and were engaged in 2018.