On Monday night’s episode of First Dates, we watched Clare go on a so-perfect-until-it-wasn’t date with Aaron.
They were both happy, smiley, down-to-laugh people, and we were convinced it was going to last forever. Clare would learn to love puzzles (a hobby Aaron enjoys in his downtime) and Aaron would learn to love Byron Bay (the town Clare’s lived in for seven years).
But it was all a dream made in reality TV heaven. When Aaron said there was “no spark” I, along with the rest of Australia, decided there’s clearly no hope for any of us.
That was until I spoke to Clare about her experience on the show and she assured me of three things.
First, she’s recovered from being rejected on national television and gotten herself a kick-ass new gig. Second: her mum has used the episode to workshop Clare’s love life. And third: She’s back on Tinder!
Clare – the 30-year-old with a killer laugh – is exactly as she appeared on the Channel 7 show. As I holed up in a corner of the Mamamia office to speak to her on the phone, I had to try hard not to appear as if I was having too much fun (because: work) as I listened to her talk about the “adventure” of going on a date with a stranger as the whole country watched on.
“A friend suggested I try out for the show,” Clare said. “I love a laugh. I’m always up for things without really thinking them through. That’s probably what happened here.”