Newlywed in the house!
On Nine’s new show Married at First Sight, Lachlan, 36, is the sweet, straight-talking farmer who wants a wife. His bride, Clare, 37, is the marketing manager who has very particular ideas about flowers.
So far, all we know about their relationship is that they’ve had a commitment ceremony, a whole load of awkwardness, and probable drunken honeymoon sex.
In less ridiculous marriage news: Tonight, we are one gigantic step closer to legalising gay marriage.
Mamamia chatted with Lachlan about why he’s never settled down before, what it’s like to marry someone you’ve never met, and his previous brief foray into reality TV. Here’s what he had to say.
He found Clare “captivating” from the moment he saw her.
“I kept waiting to see who was going to walk down the aisle, and the two bridesmaids walked down first in white, and I was trying to work out which one was mine! They sort of sat and when [Clare] finally arrived I was quite captivated and just wanted to make a connection with her.”
He didn’t care the marriage wasn’t legal. It was real to him.
“I approached it as a real marriage and that was the way I went into it. My family and friends went into it that way as well; I had a friend fly all the way from Seattle for the ceremony. I approached it as a real marriage and was hoping that whoever came down the aisle was ‘the one’. It certainly felt like a real marriage.”
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But the ceremony was ‘awkward.’
“When I was waiting down the end for Clare to come through and trying to make a connection with her I suppose, she wouldn’t look at me. It was definitely a little bit awkward.”
Until recently, he was nursing his sick dad.
“I’ve recently lost my father to cancer, which was hard. I was living with him out on the farm where I grew up. In my younger years I had different relationships that didn’t work out for various reasons. In the past few years, it’s been more a timing thing, where I didn’t really have the opportunity to go out and meet someone new and start a relationship,” he said.
“After I’d lost [my dad] and had things under control on the farm and it had all settled down, the timing seemed right for me. [The show] was a way I could accelerate the whole process.”