Does James trigger something in you? Have you been in a difficult relationship in the past?
I had an ex that [I believe] always tried to twist things around and put everything back onto me and I felt like James at times was doing the same thing.
What aspects of James’ behaviour didn’t you like?
He would always choose which restaurant we would go to, he didn’t ask me where I would like to go, and if I said I’d like a steak, he’d try and suggest something else. If I said “this is the best place to go”, he’d second guess me. He’d have to go and get a second opinion from the male concierge to see if I was right or not.
Is there anything about James you like?
How tall he is?! [Laughs.] We do have good banter – when he hasn’t had a drink – and when I agree to what he wants to do, he’s nice.
Was his drinking a problem for your relationship?
For me, yes. His excuse is, “I’m in the car dealing business – we all drink.”
Was he shocked when you finally stood up to him?
Yeah. He sat there and his face changed. But he was still trying to argue with me, saying, “Give me an example, give me an example,” with his arms crossed and his legs crossed. But when I found my voice, he pulled his head in.
Do you think your confidence has grown through doing the experiment?
Yes, standing up to James I found my voice.
Did you ever get annoyed at the experts for mismatching you with James?
At the back of your mind, you know it’s a reality TV show, but I really thought I could meet someone who would want to fit into my life and compromise on things. I don’t think he likes to be told by a woman. It wasn’t worth leaving my boys to be with someone like him.
Have you ever been tempted by any of the other grooms?
It’s always a little bit tempting, but I would never act upon it. I was being very respectful to the other brides. I loved Jason’s sense of humour and looks, and Jake has a good mind. I reckon if I was matched with either one of them we would have lasted.
James has expensive tastes. Has his love of the high life rubbed off on you at all?
God, no! I actually got him to come to Cotton On with me because he was always wearing $700 T-shirts. He ended up buying two T-shirts for $30 and he looked so much better in them than he ever did in his Gucci, but he never actually wore them.
Which couples do you think will last?
Melissa and Bryce – they’re a great match for each other. Definitely Pat and Belinda, and Kerry and Johnny, too – they’re both very happy, laid-back and just get along really well.
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