MAFS Australia's Matt refuses to watch back the series – and doesn't consider the marriage to have been 'real'

MARRIED at First Sight Australia's 'virgin' Matthew Bennett has refused to watch back the series – and doesn't consider the marriage to have been "real".

The 31-year-old said he's not in a hurry to relive his time on the hit show, admitting that "some things are better left in the past".

Appearing on Lorraine this morning, the MAFS star was joined by his new girlfriend Annabel Jameson, and was asked if he would be tuning into old episodes.

The videographer replied: "I can't… it's too triggering. There are some things that are just better left in the past."

Matthew was married to Lauren 'Loz' Huntriss on Married At First Sight Australia, losing his virginity to her on his honeymoon.

He said a "switch was flicked" in him during sex – but the relationship didn't last and the pair split during the show's second commitment ceremony.

The star explained that he regretted going onto the show after he failed to find love and ended up in an feud with his ex 'wife' after the show.

The TV star claimed that the producers deliberately matched couples who were opposite to each other to cause drama.

Matthew added: "I kind of have a theory, this was just my experience but in some of the couples they sort of match the polar opposites together and see what will happen.

"That's kind of where the drama sparks from."

The shy star isn't so retiring anymore and has become an unlikely sex symbol after transforming his body, regularly sharing topless snaps with his fans.

The show, which originally premiered in Australia in 2019, has had UK viewers hooked ever since it hit our screens on E4 in January.

He met his new love shortly after the show wrapped two years ago, and has now shared: "I was fortunate enough that I met my now girlfriend a couple of months after the show had filmed but just before it aired. 

"Honestly the relationship with her is the best thing that has happened to me. 

"I don't think I would have been able to grow and change and become the person I am now who actually has a personality and hobbies and integrity he sticks to and I can actually say no to people now without her."

Matt lost his virginity aged 29 when he married Lauren Huntriss, 32, in the social experiment series.

But within weeks he found he'd bitten off more than he could chew with "swinger" Lauren, and he quickly realised he didn't fancy her.

Matt admitted the experience left him feeling uncomfortable with intimacy until he met girlfriend Bella.

He added to MailOnline: "I wasn't ever capable of saying 'I love you' to someone before my girlfriend.

"Now I constantly say it all the time and tell her how gorgeous she is and it's not something I remember before.

"It was quite hard and everything felt awkward or forced and it didn't feel natural but now for me intimacy is just not an issue. It's just a part of life now."

Matthew and Annabel recently celebrated their two-year anniversary, with Annabel now on a de-facto partner visa to remain in Australia with the hunk.

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