Friends of Shrien Dewani dismissed claims on Tuesday that Anni Dewani had wanted to call off their marriage before her murder in South Africa.
Shrien stands accused of hiring a hitman to have Anni killed while the couple was on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. South African officials want him to be sent back to the country from the United Kingdom to stand trial.
According to the Daily Mail, the victim's cousin told police that the bride had strong doubts about the marriage and did not even want to go on honeymoon.
Sneha Hindocha reportedly told police that Anni found Shrien "controlling". She reportedly has over 100 SMSes from the 28-year-old victim, charting her turbulent relationship with Shrien.
"They detail a relationship that is a far cry from the idyllic romance portrayed by Shrien Dewani himself. There were times when she said she didn't even like him," a police source said, according to the Daily Mail.
But friends of Shrien told Bristol's Evening Post that they were a "couple in love".
"They both chose each other, decided to get married together after two years courting during which, like most other couples, there were ups and downs," the friend said.
"There were moments when both of them said, 'am I doing the right thing, is this the right person for me', but nothing more than that.
"They had nerves like everybody — it is a big thing, to get married to someone. If anyone didn't express any of those it would be unusual."
The friend went on to question the timing of the comments.
"It is quite telling that this is coming up at the time of the extradition hearing. It looks like a campaign to put pressure on Shrien to return to South Africa.
"If these doubts and concerns were so serious, why didn't Sneha raise them with members of her family?"
Shrien, who has denied any involvement in his wife's killing, will again appear in court on 18 July.