After making a rather uncomfortable first impression at their wedding - which featured Eminem lyrics in their vows and a performance of the worm at their reception - it’s easy to think that Samantha Moitzi and Al Perkins might not be the most promising couple on season nine of Married At First Sight.
The pair’s future seemed even more uncertain during their honeymoon when Samantha awkwardly shut down the experiment’s youngest groom after he tried to kiss her.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle about the experience so far, however, Samantha admits she is surprised that so many positive aspects of their relationship haven’t aired on TV - including their actual kiss on the honeymoon.
“I don't have a problem with the way things are being portrayed in the sense that, you know, you say what you say, but I’m a little bit disappointed that certain bits have been conveniently left out,” she says.
“Like, there was a promo video of us kissing in the river on our honeymoon, and then the only thing they showed from the honeymoon is when we didn't kiss. I was like, ‘Oh, we fully had a moment’.”
The 26-year-old reveals that the pair had a very romantic time when they went paddleboarding together, which led to them having an honest conversation about what they were each looking for in the experiment.
“We were so honest with each other from day one that we didn’t even need an Honesty Box,” she laughs.
‘He didn’t like my tattoo’
In fact, Samantha and Al were so candid with one another that the 25-year-old carpenter even confessed that his new ‘wife’ didn’t exactly meet the criteria he gave to the experts.
“He told me that he asked for a girl with no tattoos, and I have a really big stomach one,” she details. “I was like, ‘Oh, well I want more, so what are we gonna do about this?’ And then after a while, he said, ’I’m getting used to it’.
“So when he went to have that kiss that was shown on TV, he'd just finished telling me that he didn't like my tattoo. So he goes to lean in and I’m like ‘Woah, hold on. Probably not’.”
Samantha went on to say that Al’s tattoo comment ended up changing the way they perceived each other, as she had initially doubted his attraction towards her.
“I was like, I feel like he’s not loving me as much as he loves himself. Does he not like my body? What’s wrong with me? He looks at himself more than he looks at me. And then he came out with the tattoo comment,” she explains. “But he’s learning.”
‘I was pretty overwhelmed’
During Monday night’s explosive dinner party, which featured enormous tension between fellow couple Selin and Anthony, Al ended up becoming the comic relief of the night when he drank beer out of his shoe to break the ice.
Samantha was clearly unimpressed with her partner’s party trick, also known as a ‘shoey’, and exclaimed in front of the other brides that she wanted a divorce.
The fashion brand manager now asserts that she actually found the situation funny and she can “appreciate a shoey”, but the season's first dinner party wasn’t exactly the right setting for one.
“I was pretty overwhelmed,” she says. “I'm a businesswoman that's blonde and young, I’ve spent my whole life trying to justify my intelligence and hold myself to a really high standard in social settings. So to have someone who literally draws attention to themselves in such a crazy, immature manner. I was like, I don't know how to work it out.
“I love a party, love a shoey, but there’s a time and place. First dinner party? Not it.”
The couple ended up having a conversation about the incident after filming wrapped that night and eventually worked out how to navigate the experience together.
“He said one thing like he wants to man up and be mature, but I said he needs to understand his actions have consequences and people are going to think he’s not mature because of the things he does,” she continues.
“It's definitely not the last time he does something crazy, so strap in.”
Married At First Sight continues tonight at 7:30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.
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