A DATE WORTH KEEPING
DATING guru Matthew Hussey has no time for dating shows.
“Normally we’re seeing these young, hot people dating and watch them crash and burn, watch them do stupid things and get drunk, blah, blah, blah,” the Brit matchmaker and star of Seven’s The Single Wives tells TV Guide.
“I had no interest in that. I wanted to deal with real people and this show, when it was first pitched to me, had that element to it.”
Indeed, if viewers were expecting it to be Seven’s answer to Married At
First Sight, where singles were set-up at stunt weddings, then brawled and bullied each other over staged dinner parties, Hussey would have passed.
Ditto, The Bachelor, or any format that gives away relationships like prizes, he says.
“If it was going to be any kind of a game show, where they’d whittle down men over the course of X-number of episodes, I just had no interest,” he says. “But this is real life … it shows the difficulties of dating and it’s not a fairytale.”
The four women being coached back into the dating world by Hussey have been bruised by divorce, or for one widow, the death of her husband.
“There will be a lot of viewers who are in exactly the same position and this can help them,” he says. “My mum is still married but if she were on her own at the stage of life she is now, watching a show like this, I’d want it to be something to help her, rather than car crash TV.”
Hussey, whose online tutorials are watched by millions each week, argues his benchmark of success at the end of this series – as in life – is not marriage.
“I don’t measure anybody in life by whether they’re in a relationship or not as a barometer of their success,” says the 31-year- old, reportedly dating
Havana singer Camila Cabello. “I would never want to be measured that way myself and I know plenty of people who are in relationships who are failing because they’re not getting out of that relationship … who stay in it because they think it’s a barometer of their success.”
Instead, he says: “For me, what I care about is what these women feel at the end of it. If they feel different. If they’re still unhappy and their self-worth hasn’t changed … if they’re not more excited about this area of their life, then yeah, I’ve failed.”
THE SINGLE WIVES
7.30PM, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, SEVEN