One half of your favourite Grooms talks about his MAFS experience.
Where did you grow up and how was life growing up for you?
Growing up in New Plymouth was amazing. I have a very supportive family and an incredible group of friends.
When did you first realise you were gay?
I had a good understanding of my sexuality around the age of 18.
When did you first come out and who was it to?
I had told one of my good mates that I was interested in men around the age of 18. It wasn’t until 2016 that I actually come out to my family.
Do you consider your coming out journey to have been a hard one?
My family were very shocked but so supportive. I was definitely very nervous which made it hard but knew that my family were very open-minded.
You’ve just started talking about past relationships on the show, how many significant relationships have you had?
I’ve had relationships with men and women but only one has really been significant.
How did your family react when you told them you were going on Married at First Sight?
When I told my mother she said “well I wouldn’t expect any less from you”
My family were so happy but at the same time, worried that it could be a repeat of last season.
What were you hoping going on the show would do for you?
I was hoping to get a loving, caring and supportive husband.
How important do you think it is that this show includes a same-sex wedding?
I think that it’s very important to have a same-sex wedding, especially this season. In a way, it is educating people that gay men and women come in all shapes, sizes and work in all kinds of professions. I personally don’t fit the stereotype of a gay man and men in my trade are shocked that I’m gay but it’s annoying when people come up to me and say that I don’t “look” gay or “act” gay… no, I don’t, I’m me.
Did you watch Aaron & Ben on last year’s MAFS? If so, what did you think about their scenario and how it played out?
I have only watched a few episodes of MAFS S1. I have heard stories about these boys and the struggles they went through. Two very nice boys but I think it was just an unfortunate match.
Do you have a message for the LGBT viewers who are watching you on the show?
My message for everyone, not just the LGBT community is to watch our journey with a realistic mindset and open mind! Thank you all for your love and support!