The season finale of My Kitchen Rules aired on Sunday night.
There were lamb brains.
There were blowtorches.
There was a whole lot of Emily yellin’ out “Alex!”.
There was one very weird fight between Kim and Suong in which they both seemed to be on the same side ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
And, at the end of it all, Alex and Emily were named the winners of 2018.
They got to take home $250,000 and possibly some leftover lamb brains.
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After the show aired the couple faced a fair bit of backlash online, with a lot of people commenting on their relationship.
More specifically, how Emily treated Alex during the show.
Emily told Mamamia she knows people are “saying horrible things” about her online, but she doesn’t think they have any real clue about her relationship with Alex.
“I mean this with no disrespect to anyone who’s got opinions but they wouldn’t know the first thing about our relationship,” she told Mamamia.
“Everyone at home sees like an hour and a half of us each night under a crazy pressure cooker environment.”
Emily believes editing definitely played a role in making their relationship look a lot more dramatic than what it is.
“I know I didn’t say Alex that many times. Some of those times it was repeated. I wasn’t constantly saying Alex’s name,” she explained.
The 27-year-old said last week the online backlash started to get to her but then she spoke to some of the other contestants.
“They reminded me that two million people watch this show, and yes there is backlash online, but it’s a very small percentage of the people who actually watch the show,” she explained.
“The amount of people who have come up to us, who have been nothing but lovely and sung our praises, and said how special they think we are for being so passionate and showing that on television… that’s what we’re concentrating on.”
Despite all the online hate, the Queensland couple believe they have come out of the experience stronger than ever.
“You know what? People can say whatever they want,” Emily explained. “Alex and I know the relationship we have, and we know how strong we are, and we know the connection we have, and we know what people are saying online is not at all what our relationship is like.”
“It’s very easy for people to think they know us and to think they understand how our relationship works but they really don’t.”
In fact, even Pete and Manu believe the couple have what it takes to last.
“At the end of our semi-finals Pete and Manu said ‘If you guys can get through this and get this far as a couple, and be as strong as you are, you guys are meant to be’,” Emily told Mamamia.
Alex, 35, says the couple isn’t too worried about the claims that Kim and Suong were “robbed” of the win.
“Everyone has their own opinions and everyone always has their own favourite team,” he said.
The couple, who have just relocated to Byron Bay, are planning to open their own restaurant and cocktail bar with the $250,000 in prize money.