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Married at First Sight star reveals shock truth about failed TV ‘marriage’

He was recruited from a local cafe and thought, ‘Yeah sure, why not?’
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Married at First Sight Australia star Simone Lee Brennan has revealed some shocking truths behind her failed reality TV marriage.

The 30-year-old make-up artist slammed both her on-screen husband, Xavier, and the show’s professional matchmakers in a blog posted on her website, The Dating Journal.

“Reality television, being the usual conniving, clever thing it is, caught hundreds of hours of footage of ‘married life’ and cut it down to a mere thirteen minutes per episode, per couple. Needless to say, our relationship, however it turned out, would have never been portrayed to its full authenticity. Not even close,” she wrote, revealing her ‘wedding’ scene was filmed multiple times, meaning she walked down the aisle four times.

But her biggest shock came just moments after she and Xavier said ‘I do’ – following a lengthy application process and months being vetted by the show’s love experts, including psychologists tasked with picking the perfect pair.

“My faith in the ‘match-making’ process dwindled away somewhat when my TV husband shared with me immediately post-wedding ceremony that he hadn’t dated for years and never actually applied for the experiment.

“He was recruited from a local cafe and thought, ‘Yeah sure, why not?’”


Brennan said it didn’t take long to realise there was no way she was going to find love with a man who she claims only went on the show to find work as a TV sports presenter.

“When merely the thought of him talking about a black and white ball rolling across lush green grass for a living turned him on more than me presenting myself half naked in nothing but black lace underwear, I knew I was fighting a losing battle.”

However, because of the way her new ‘husband’ had been playing along on camera with their supposed fairy-tale romance, Brennan said she was unable to walk away before their five-week experiment was officially over.

“Problem was, nobody knew. Nobody but me that is. Week two, day three, of the five-week experiment, while folding a pile of bathroom towels during a filming break, he said to me, and I quote, ‘I’m just not that into it’. Needless to say, it just snowballed from there.

“Once filming wrapped, I was more than over it. I was over the forced conversations that ended abruptly when the cameras switched off. I was over the staged dinners, literally, set-up by producers only to have to pretend my TV husband had done them himself.

“I was over over hearing his one-on-one interviews in the next room where he expressed his ‘growing’ feelings for me. I was over being asked if I was in love yet.”

She wrote she was “emotionally exhausted” by the time the pair parted, describing the moment it was over as “surreal”.

“The day I moved out of his apartment was probably one of the happiest days of my life to date. No exaggeration.

“I’d never been happier to be all alone, isolated, in my quiet, empty, apartment. I was single again. I was free.”

She has hit out at the show’s producers for clearly choosing someone who looked good, but didn’t have his heart in the right place.

“Sure, the guy had a great rig, but unlike the casting crew, who obviously aren’t suffering as single members of society and actively dating themselves, I feel young single men with abs are as common as flies at a picnic. Just because a guy dons a washboard stomach and arms strong enough to crazy-Swayze you on a dancefloor, the result of an addiction to F45 and hard boiled eggs, does not mean he cuts the mustard in the ‘husband material’ department,” she wrote.

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