A DATE WORTH KEEP­ING

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News - Holly Byrnes

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

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