Matthew Gwynne, a participant on reality TV series Married At First Sight, was arrested last weekend after authorities said he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Tennessee home, according to a report by PageSix.
Gwynne, 34, was charged with vandalism, according to documents obtained from the Nashville Metro Criminal Court Clerk’s Office. He was released Monday after posting $2,500 bail.
PageSix said Gwynne did not respond to requests for comment, and he does not appear to have posted about what happened on social media as of Tuesday.
Police: Matthew Gwynne Broke In Ex’s House
Nashville police responded to a call reporting vandalism at the house just after 3 p.m. Saturday, according to legal filings obtained by PageSix.
There, documents allege, police met the victim, whose name has not been released. The victim said she had been dating Matthew Gwynne “on and off,” that the two had gotten in an argument at a party the night before, according to court documents.
Police said the victim told Gwynne to leave the party alone and to return to his own home. But just before midnight, the victim reportedly said she was notified by her home security provider that someone had tried to break in.
According to the police documents, Gwynne’s girlfriend disregarded the notification. But when she returned home the next morning, she told authorities that the “door had been broken into” and showed signs of “significant damage.”
The victim told police that security footage showed Matthew Gwynne entering the property at around 11:30 Friday night, some 20 minutes before she was notified of a possible break-in.
Some belongings at the Nashville home were also reported missing to police, though media accounts differ. PageSix writes that the victim’s personal property was stolen, while Us Weekly — which has also claimed to have reviewed the police documents — reported that Gwynne’s own personal items were taken.
According to city criminal court records, Gwynne was charged with “vandalism, $2,500 or more,” which Nashville authorities listed as a felony offense.
One source claims that under state law, vandalism of property valued worth more than $1,000 carries a two- to 12-year prison sentence and up to $5,000 in fines.
However, Gwynne might avoid a jail sentence entirely, even if he is found guilty. Police records list Gwynne’s next court appearance as a “settlement,” implying that he may be required to financially compensate the alleged victim instead of face time behind bars.
Gwynne Was Infamous to ‘MAFS’ Fans
Matthew Gwynne’s biggest claim to fame was his 2019 appearance in the ninth season of Married At First Sight, a Lifetime original reality series that arranges couples to meet for the first time at their wedding altar. At the end of the season, couples decide whether to remain married or to call it quits.
On the show, Gwynne was wedded to Amber Bowles. But the marriage was among the most contentious pairings of the season — Gwynne faced multiple accusations of infidelity.
At the end of the season, Amber Bowles decided to divorce him. At the time, Gwynne said he wouldn’t “sign anything on a national TV show” and said he would have his lawyer “look over” the matter.
But according to Us Weekly, Gwynne did not finalize the divorce until eight months after filming wrapped on the reality show.
Matthew Gwynne is also known as a basketball player. He played in the NCAA from 2006 to 2009, and began playing professionally in the Mexican league LNBP in 2014.
While he played as recently as the 2019-2020 season, it is not clear if he is still on any team’s roster. His most recent listed LNBP game was in November 2019.