REALITY EXILE IN THE GROVE
Tradie tells of his reality show exit
MARRIED at First Sight ‘divorcee’ Mat Lockett has been hiding out on the Bellarine Peninsula since filming wrapped, mending his heart with sand and surf.
The 32-year-old plumber, pictured, who was married to stranger Alycia Galbraith on the popular Channel 9 reality program, became the first person to depart the series on Tuesday night.
Mr Lockett — second cousin of legendary AFL goalkicker Tony Lockett — holidayed in Portarlington as a child and relocated to Ocean Grove for a year in his 20s, where he now has a permanent caravan.
“I have got a van down there and I’ve been getting down there and trying to surf and swim every day and get a bit of sun to take my mind off it,” he said.
“While it’s summer I’m pretty much staying down there as much as I possibly can.
“It’s definitely helped. I feel like I’m on holiday when I’m down there.
“As soon as I get into Geelong my mind feels a lot more at ease”.
Mr Lockett, whose favourite movie is The Notebook, said even he fell for the love story of ‘Mat and Alycia’ watching the show.
“I fell in love like everyone else did. Even watching it the other day, I got invested and was like ‘I hope they make it’,” he said.
But the promising relationship unravelled on Fraser Island, proving opposites do not always attract.
“On the honeymoon it was obvious we had nothing in common,” he said.
“We didn’t even like the same fruit. Of a night she sleeps with heaps of blankets on, I get hot and like the windows open, I’m about sport, she was about art.
“I’m a very loud person and Alycia is frightened easily by loud noises ... I don’t mind a beer, she doesn’t drink.”
Mr Lockett said his wife’s “intense” approach made him feel like he was constantly disappointing her.
“I am quite happy in my own skin but around her I felt like a monster,” he said.
Upon exiting the show, Mr Lockett said he had some “issues” he needed to deal with, citing unresolved grief after the death of his grandmother as his biggest challenge.
“Whenever anything went wrong I would run to my grandma,” he said.
“This is the first stressful moment I’ve had since she passed away. I thought I had dealt with her death ... in the end I completely unravelled.”
The former contestant, who spent Valentine’s Day answering questions about his public breakup, said he is currently single.
“I think I am more ready to find love than I was going in,” he said.
“I want to find someone to be the mother of my children, someone strong, willing to slap me across the head and pull me into line ... a woman to tame me and challenge me.”