RE­AL­ITY EX­ILE IN THE GROVE

Tradie tells of his re­al­ity show exit

Geelong Advertiser - - POPULATE OR PERISH - JEMMA RYAN

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.”

Aly­cia Gal­braith

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