MAFS reunion: Al Perkins reveals surprising reason he went on the show

EXCLUSIVE: The season nine groom spills on why he said 'yes' to Married At First Sight.

Married At First Sight fan favourite Al Perkins has revealed the surprising reason he signed up for last year’s season of the popular reality show.

The former TV groom and Love Island star admitted during Yahoo’s All-Star MAFS Reunion that he was scouted for the series and didn’t apply himself.

Al Perkins on MAFS / Al in Yahoo's studio.
MAFS’ Al Perkins has revealed why he signed up for season nine of MAFS. Photos: Channel Nine / Yahoo

“I remember I was at work and I got a DM on Instagram like, 'Hey, do you want to be on a dating show?’, and I was like, ‘Heck yeah’,” he recalled, adding with a laugh, “I thought it was like Love Island or something.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, why not’. Then I did the Zoom interview and they said it was MAFS and I was like, ‘Oh okay, I’ll just do it anyway’.”


Al went on to share that one of his biggest motivations for going on the show was that he has always wanted to appear on the silver screen.

“It was heavy lockdowns in New South Wales at the time,” he explained. “I was super bored, I was just working and my life was really boring.

“I just wanted to go away and I wanted to be on a TV show.”

'You can make me a villain if you want'

Al also revealed that he had initially planned to act like a villain on MAFS and didn’t care how he was edited.

“I remember going into the interviews and I think they liked me because I was like, ‘Yeah look, I’ve got nothing to lose’,” he laughed. “I know with MAFS they can either make you look good or bad, and I said to them, ‘I don’t care, you can make me a villain if you want’.

“So I went in with this mindset like, 'I'm going to be just this crazy villain, I want to be that guy!’. But it was really hard to be. I think in the first episode [I tried to be the villain], but then I just couldn’t do it.”

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