MIXED MES­SAGES

WHY THE PALMER­STON NORTH COU­PLE RE­ALLY CALLED TIME ON THEIR TV RE­LA­TION­SHIP

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... - Ciara Pratt

What went wrong for Mar­ried at First Sight stars Do­minic and Claire

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back – a “ranty” text, com­posed by Dom and mis­tak­enly sent to his new wife, which ul­ti­mately ended their short-lived mar­riage.

But Mar­riedatFirstSight cou­ple Claire Law­less (51) and Do­minic Tim­mon (58), now re­veal they both agreed their mar­riage was over af­ter the first week when they re­turned from their hon­ey­moon. In fact, Dom says the pair knew the match wasn’t go­ing to work within the first 24 hours.

The lat­est cou­ple to leave the Three re­al­ity show, Claire and Dom ini­tially ap­peared to be one of the stronger pair­ings, gush­ing openly about their im­me­di­ate lik­ing for one an­other. But straight-talk­ing Claire doesn’t pull any punches when she tells the Weekly that the text clar­i­fied for her “all the red flags” that had made her ques­tion their part­ner­ship.

“He’s not my type at all and I’m not his type ei­ther. He said that to me,” con­fides Claire. “We were al­ready go­ing to be just friends any­way – we de­cided that on our hon­ey­moon.”

Dom agrees, “We did fess up to each other within 24 hours that we weren’t each other’s type.”

As for that text that un­rav­elled the re­la­tion­ship?

The cou­ple refuse to re­veal ex­actly what it said. But Claire doesn’t shy from say­ing how it made her feel, in an aw­ful week where she spent four days in hospi­tal af­ter a blood clot was found in her stom­ach and then had to at­tend her best friend’s fu­neral.

“I was in hospi­tal and he ac­ci­den­tally sent me a text that he was sup­posed to send to his friend,” she says. “It said lots of not very nice things about me and then his thoughts on the ma­jor­ity of women. And that’s all that

I want to say.

“Yes, I wanted to stay the six weeks and try, but af­ter ev­ery­thing that hap­pened, I just didn’t want to be there. Life’s too short to be with some­one you don’t want to be with and he doesn’t want to be with me ei­ther,” she says de­fi­antly. “I’ve for­given Dom for what he said in the text be­cause we all make mis­takes, but I’ll never for­get.”

As for Dom, he ex­pressed his re­gret about the text on the show, say­ing it was “a gen­eral rant hav­ing a go at re­la­tion­ships”.

He ad­mits, “It wasn’t ma­ture of me, it was a dumb thing to do. I didn’t want Claire to see that! I’m ab­so­lutely mor­ti­fied.”

The pair, who live not far from each other in Palmer­ston North, ques­tion why the ex­perts matched them in the first place.

“I’ve never seen him [in Palmer­ston North] in 12 years!” says a puz­zled Claire.

“She might as well have lived on the moon!” adds Dom.

“So that just goes to show we’re not even in the same so­cial cir­cles,” agrees Claire. “We’re so dif­fer­ent. But I don’t hold any­thing against any­one on the show, it just didn’t work.”

And it wasn’t for lack of try­ing, she says. “I looked for ev­ery­thing I could, hon­estly. I don’t have any re­grets that I did not try 110% with Dom. I thought these ex­perts have put us to­gether, there’s got to be some­thing.

But there was noth­ing.”

Dom re­veals the pair just couldn’t find a ro­man­tic con­nec­tion. “She’s a re­ally nice per­son, she’s loads of fun,” he tells. “The only sad thing is that we couldn’t pull out that ro­man­tic con­nec­tion. It just wasn’t there. We tried. But how long do you keep on try­ing?”

Dom ad­mits his teenage chil­dren prob­a­bly didn’t en­joy hear­ing about how much the cou­ple tried to find a spark in some re­veal­ing on-screen in­ter­views.

“My teenage kids Felix (16), Is­abelle and Elise (both 15) are prob­a­bly a bit em­bar­rassed about all of the cry­ing and hug­ging, but what par­ent doesn’t em­bar­rass their teenage chil­dren,” laughs Dom.

“The only tricky side for me was when our sex life un­for­tu­nately got men­tioned. We had an agree­ment that we wouldn’t talk about it. My kids are okay about

it now, but my son didn’t talk to me for a week,” tells Dom.

So what’s next for them? They both whole­heart­edly agree they don’t re­gret ap­pear­ing on the show and it def­i­nitely hasn’t put them off ro­mance.

“It’s made me want to find some­one even more!” Dom ex­claims. “I’m nearly 60 and I re­ally need to get back to it. I’d like a part­ner be­cause life’s too short not to have one.”

And Dom’s not muck­ing around, cheek­ily ask­ing if he can use some pics from our pho­to­shoot for his pro­file on a dat­ing web­site. Mean­while, Claire, a self-con­fessed worka­holic, thinks she will take some time be­fore she jumps back into the sad­dle, choos­ing to set­tle back into her busy ca­reer as a func­tion coordinator.

“I’d be ly­ing if I said I didn’t want a man, but I don’t need one. My life is full. And I think too, I’m re­ally happy. You need to be re­ally happy in your life, and then you meet some­one. You don’t meet some­one to make you happy.

“It prob­a­bly hasn’t done my dat­ing life any good, though. I mean, I can’t get mar­ried for an­other two years!” she laughs.

‘Life’s too short to be with some­one you don’t want to be with’

Claire and Dom claim to be puz­zled as to why the ex­perts put them to­gether in the first­place. Mar­riedatFirstSightNZ, Three, Sun­days at 7pm and Mon­days at 7.30pm.

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