MAFS' Carolina and Daniel reflect on the controversial season

MAFS' Carolina and Daniel reflect on the controversial season. Source: Yahoo Lifestyle Australia

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DANIEL HOLMES: I have no regrets. I mean, I should have done more, if anything. Like, who gives a [MUTED]. It's just TV.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: If you could go back and redo it all again, would you do anything differently?

CAROLINA SANTOS: Probably would be smarter this time around, because you already know a few of the tricks and stuff. Probably play the victim a little bit more, because apparently if you're like, poor me, helps a lot along the way with the viewers and that, so I would probably be like, oh, poor me.

DANIEL HOLMES: Yeah. I'm the same, especially at the start. When you first start on MAFS, like, day one on filming, you're like-- producers are like, say it like this, Daniel. Why don't you say, why don't you use these words and say it in this way? And I'm like, OK. And I'm like-- you just get told, and just-- not that people are telling you how to behave, but you're very easily influenced, and then you go, oh, hang on. These people don't have my best interests.

CAROLINA SANTOS: Yeah. You don't realize that until filming is over, or you watch it on TV, and I'm like, oh, yeah. I didn't mean to say that. I got told to say that.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: Yeah. What was the hardest part to watch back on TV?

CAROLINA SANTOS: The commitment ceremony, because we were just so annoyed that we like aw, you know. We were like, how did they make us believe that we would be able to say-- actually, a lot of that. Because we don't-- we don't get to say what we are feeling and what we wanted to say at that time. We were always, like the last one to walk in, the last couple on the couch. And, you know, you're waiting for hours by that point and you're already exhausted.

And then when we watch it back, it was like there's so much that could and should have, said, so I think that's probably hard. I think the last commitment ceremony was one of those moments that I watched and was like, oh, I should have said that. I shouldn't have said this. But at the same time, even the little bits that you do say, it doesn't make the show look good or the experts look good, so they edit it out anyway, so it's kind of pointless. It's a lose-lose situation anyway, so.

DANIEL HOLMES: Yeah and I feel like when I watched, I didn't even, I didn't have any intentions of watching much back at all, because I look at it and I see myself and I go, oh, that's the character they made from my person. Because they only show a certain perspective, a certain music, an overall theme of who I was. There's very little in comparison to what really went down.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: Well, what part of the experiment was your least favorite, I guess?

DANIEL HOLMES: Watching it back and not being able to see that they showed the real narrative, and the real us at all.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: It's pretty obvious, but what would you say is your favorite moment from the whole experience?

DANIEL HOLMES: Mine is talking to her the first time at the dinner table, because it was that feeling of excitement, like you're talking to this person that you like.

CAROLINA SANTOS: Yeah. I think for me it was probably our date, our first date where we had our kiss and stuff, was probably the best for me.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: I think you guys touched on this at the reunion, about regrets. Is there any regrets?

DANIEL HOLMES: I have no regrets.

CAROLINA SANTOS: Yeah. Me neither. I mean, like yeah. I don't have any regrets at all.

DANIEL HOLMES: After all, it's television. It's not murder. It's not anything. Like it's really hard to dissociate that, because your mind, because you're constantly getting so many messages in that, but it's like, me, I should have done more if anything. Like, who gives a [MUTED]? It's just TV.


LACHLAN GUERTIN: What was the worst editing fail, as well? Did you notice anything super suspicious?

CAROLINA SANTOS: When they refer to Bondi, something about the follows and going to Bondi and stuff. So the context of that, Dion really wanted to go to Bondi and I didn't want to go with him to Bondi. I didn't want to bump into a friend or someone, because at that point people-- we were sort of in lockdown still, so people would do a lot. You know? Go for walks-- that's all there was to do.

So he wanted to go to Bondi, and I don't want to bump into someone having to explain that. I can't say they're in a show and are doing it. People are like, "Oh, who is this?" How would we introduce you? Like a mate or like-- it's weird So I didn't want to go to Bondi, and he made this whole thing about, "Oh, she thinks she she's famous," and this and that. And I'm like, "That's not what it was at all."

So when they do, they show that conversation on the dinner table, I think it shows someone, I think it shows Dion saying, she has that many followers. She thinks she's famous. She doesn't want to go to Bondi. And then you hear me saying, "Exactly," and they took that exactly from a different conversation, and then it just sounds like I'm agreeing to it.

And I'm like, this is BS. But at the same time it was funny. I just laughed at it. I'm like, oh, whatever. But yeah, you can even see that the tone of voice from that word, exactly, it was not, it was not said at that moment. But yeah, it was funny to watch anyway, so.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: I forgot to ask as well, what was that meeting like with your son, as well, Carolina? How did that go?

CAROLINA SANTOS: Yeah, it was, we didn't plan, so it was kind of like a last minute. I can't even remember how it was, but it was kind of last minute. We were coming home and he was here, and they just met. It was easy. My son, Bruno, he is almost 17 years old. So he's just a mature boy, and he understands the TV is just TV, and I think Daniel and him like a lot of the same things, as well.

My son actually loves going to the gym. He goes to gym most days as well, and they're into like, computer stuff and NFTs and all of that, so I think being into a lot of the same things, but again my son is 17 years old. He's never home, as any teenager. He's in and out. He's got a girlfriend. He has his own thing going on, so it's not like I have a little toddler that we have to spend 24/7 caring for, but yeah, it was easy. They get along.

LACHLAN GUERTIN: After all that's said and done, what's the biggest thing you would say you've learned from the whole experience?

CAROLINA SANTOS: Careful what you want, because at the end of the day, you--

DANIEL HOLMES: Pretty much.

CAROLINA SANTOS: You might end up finding--



DANIEL HOLMES: Well we already have, we both have personality types very much so like that, going for what we want. So we have that idea.


LACHLAN GUERTIN: What's next for you two, post-MAFS?





DANIEL HOLMES: Just keep living the dream.

CAROLINA SANTOS: They're probably would actually believe it with you.

DANIEL HOLMES: I think that'd be the least of their fricking concerns at this point.


DANIEL HOLMES: Just, yeah. Just keep chipping away, keep building our relationship, get our social medias back, keep just building our social media platform. Like again, I think we chatted about it a little bit, but people have to dissociate this idea that having a social media presence, or having something that comes out from MAFS, because of MAFS, is a bad thing. It's an opportunity to make money. Is money making a bad thing?

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