INTERVIEW – The 37-year-old event manager from Wasquehal talks about his marriage and his first moments with the little hair salon manager he met in Gibraltar as part of season 6 of M6’s romance program.
After a painful fracture “overnight” with a woman he was very much in love with, Eddy needed time before he could consider a new serious relationship. “I had completely lost my confidence at the time and had shut myself off about myself”, he confides in front of the cameras to “Married at First Sight”, ensuring that he has never been in love again since. 81% compatible with Jennifer, the 37-year-old event manager met an emotionally hurt woman in search of confidence. Like him.
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THE FIGURE. – What was the trigger for your registration for “Married at First Sight”?
EDDY. – During the first containment of spring 2020, a colleague sent me the message about the casting and offered me to try my luck. She knew I had no problem meeting, but on the other hand, I had to settle for the duration. I had time, I work with events, and my activity came to a standstill, I answered the few questions that were asked, and six months later, the production called me for a first interview.
As a 37-year-old, what does your romantic past look like, do you have long-established relationships?
I did not have many steady relationships, but I was in a relationship for seven years with a girl who was very good. It was over because I simply had no more love for her. And in early 2017, I met this girl who I was really very much in love with and who left me in late 2017. Two days before she left with another man, we had gone to buy our Christmas tree, and she told me she loved me, that she would not lose me. I say very rarely “I love you” because I’m very modest, and I had told him that that night. I have not rebuilt anything since even though I tried. I had a relationship that lasted six months, but we burned each other’s wings because we immediately settled down together. We were too different for it to work. I realized, by participating in “Married at First Sight”, that I wanted too much to find a part of the personality of the one I had lost. I realized that the problem came first from me.
Do you want to start a family and have children?
Yes, I really want to have a family life, and that’s the whole point of my participation in “Married at First Sight”. I no longer want this loneliness. I want to build a life together and I am convinced that I will be an excellent father. That is really my wish.
What was your first impression of discovering Jennifer in Gibraltar?
When I find her, I get a little intimidated, like a 15-year-old boy on his very first date. (laughs.) It was very strange, I had not felt it for a very long time. The atmosphere is special, you get married in front of cameras with someone you do not know, in the presence of people you do not know either. Everything is reversed, I meet the family before I see my wife. In addition, it was very very hot I was dripping. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Jennifer, I really liked her white suit, I was charmed.
What did you tell each other on the drive to the party room?
We drove for an hour and a half, we told each other a lot of things. There was nothing white we laughed at and it was a great moment. Nevertheless, we remained quite modest about our love journey, we did not mention our previous wounds. We talked about our journey on the show, our respective jobs, the fact that she has a child, and so on.
It is only at the time of the banquet, with Jennifer’s father’s speech, that one really becomes aware of her heavy sentimental past …
At the time of the wedding we said yes, then we kissed each other, it did not surprise me. I found it normal and it did not shock me at all. In the car we exchanged glances and sometimes it was a bit fleeting, but we could talk calmly. During dinner, when his father was speaking, I actually understood that something was wrong, and I took the initiative to talk to him. He is a lovely person and he understood that my intentions were healthy and sincere.
Jennifer sometimes seemed distant with you, how did you experience this wedding dinner?
It went well, there was really good understanding with the families. I sensed Jennifer’s discomfort and distance, I could feel a little rejected at times, but I asked myself the question of the best time to talk to her about it. When I say in an interview that I do not know if he likes me or not, it is true. I have no idea at the time. I do not really understand what is going on and wonder if she is participating in Gift at first sight to heal her personal wounds. But I have no frustration. I realize I’ll have to be patient with her to take the time to discover her, and I want to make her understand that I’m here with good intentions. I did not do this experience to go on TV.
You remained patient and understanding until the moment Jennifer informs you that she does not want to sleep in the same bed as you …
Our discussion in the bedroom was very cordial, but it was very late, we were both very tired, and I did not feel like talking anymore. This is not shown in the edit, I tell him exactly that night brings advice and I take a stand by telling him that I can not decide his choice for him. From there, I get up and leave the room without the slightest anger.
In an interview we hear you say: “We’m married now, my place is in the matrimonial bed, not on the couch”. Is not that a little too radical a justification?
I understand well how it can be perceived as such. When we participate in “Married at First Sight”, we are constantly reminded of the importance of marriage, that such and such is the husband and such and so is the wife. On the question of the wedding night, I’m still in costume, the conversation with Jennifer has not yet taken place, and I answer that the bride and groom traditionally share the same bed. But actually, when Jennifer tells me her choice, I respect it and leave the room. Our relationship has always been cordial.
This first night alone in your room was definitely very short, did you think much?
Yes a lot, I must have slept barely two hours. I thought a lot about the situation and tried to figure out what would be the best way to seize the next exchanges with Jennifer. I also asked myself the question of whether I should continue or stop. I wondered if she herself would continue. How were we supposed to do that, were we in a dead end?
Have you discovered anything about Jennifer in light of the episodes of “Married at First Sight” on M6 and on Salto?
I could see that she had told her friends and during interviews on our wedding day that she liked me. But with me, outside the ceremony where she complimented me on my costume, I did not know what she thought of me. What struck me most while watching the episodes was how much I did not immediately realize the extent of his discomfort.
Each couple lives their experience in “Married at First Sight” in their own way: some kiss on the mouth on the wedding day, others do not … Some live a wedding night very close, others go to bed a lot … How did it go it imagine your meeting?
I never asked myself any questions, I had not anticipated anything, and I was carried away by events at the moment. Some couples overflow with happiness from the start, but do not necessarily last thereafter. And vice versa … Every story is different. With Jennifer, there is an insane potential in our couple, our compatibility is real. People can say what they want on social media about her, but she is a really nice woman. I discovered a very beautiful person.
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