Giv­ing love a last chance

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / AMELIA SAW

And you thought Mar­ried At First Sight’s An­thony Man­ton was a vil­lain?

Meet The Last Re­sort’s per­sonal trainer Carl Richards.

The gold chain-wear­ing, fa­ther-of-two — who cheated on his wife Lucy with one of his home gym clients — has used one of the old­est lines in the book to jus­tify his in­fi­delity —telling News Corp he thought the cou­ple were on a break.

“In my head we were sep­a­rated even though we were liv­ing un­der the same roof,” Richards, 37, said of his af­fair three years ago.

In promo ads for the new sea­son, Nine have played up his blasé at­ti­tude to play­ing up on his wife, re­play­ing one scene where he tells other cou­ples in the TV ex­per­i­ment “I’ve never re­ally felt guilty about it.”

Richards still ar­gues he had ef­fec­tively left his mar­riage when he cheated on the mother of his two chil­dren, claim­ing “I told Lucy I didn’t want to be with her any­more on so many oc­ca­sions... we hadn’t had sex in a year.” Throw­ing fuel on the fire, he says: “[Lucy] was go­ing through a re­ally dif­fi­cult time at the time with her­self men­tally, you know ... hav­ing a baby. So I had a client who I’d been train­ing for quite a long time and she’s quite a good friend... we dis­cussed dif­fer­ent as­pects of my life and she was there for me.”

Richards fessed up to Lucy two years later and only af­ter she con­fronted him, adding: “I never wanted to lie to her.”

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The Last Re­sort’s Lucy and Carl

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