INTERVIEW – Rarely has the happiness of a couple formed on the M6’s romance program been as tangible as that of the two Marseillais. 77% compatible according to experts, the two thirty-somethings are more in love than ever.
The story between Damien and Pauline in “Married at First Sight” is something of a modern fairy tale. He, who celebrated his 38th birthday on June 11, had been single for two years when he met the attractive nurse in Gibraltar. Their strong and sincere desire to find love, backed by the enthusiasm of their respective families, has turned their 77% compatibility into a total success. “You do not need us anymore, everything is going well”responded to them expert Estelle Dossin at the end of the assessment. “We are almost at 97%”she added to the attention of her colleague Pascal de Sutter.
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THE FIGURE. – What was the trigger for your registration for “Married at First Sight”?
Damian. – The years go by and one morning we wake up alone, we realize that we have lived well, that we have gotten the best out of it, but that we are no longer 25 and that we have not progressed in our privacy at all. I registered at the time of the broadcast of season 4 in 2020 on M6, I followed the entire casting protocol, but the production had not found me a woman who was sufficiently compatible to establish a meeting and a marriage. I relaunched the show’s team a year later, and at the same time, my dad had taken the initiative to sign me up without telling me. It was pretty fun.
Pauline. – I started an evening where I was not feeling very well. I was home alone, and the fact that I saw all these beautiful stories in “Married at First Sight” made me want to try my luck. The production contacted me a year after my registration, I did not expect that at all. My profile has been saved from the cast in season 5! (laughs.) I have a very busy job, I’m alone with my patients, I have some time to go out and a pretty small circle of friends. I did not have the opportunity to meet the right person.
Damien, in your portrait you explain that you idealized the woman in your life too much …
D.- I was looking for the perfect woman, a fashion plate, an ambitious woman in charge … I wanted her to tick all the boxes I had put in my head. I was quite demanding and in all my relationships I always found that something was wrong. But no one is perfect! In love, it was a bit of a roller coaster ride: I switched serious relationships with them with no future. I lived as a couple under the same roof twice and it did not last. The first time I was with someone who was too jealous and possessive, I went. The second time, I felt like I was being cheated.
P.- I had several relationships, but none lasted really long. I was with men who did not want to bond, and before Damien I had never lived with anyone. It was the first to share my life with the person I love. I have always worked hard, and for every person I met, the timing was not good. In the past, I was not good in the skin. I slimmed down, I asserted myself, and I’m no longer afraid to say the things I think.
You live a few miles apart, near Vitrolles, do you think you’ve ever met before “Married at First Sight”?
P.- We crossed roads, that’s for sure! But without paying attention to each other. I think if we had talked that day four years ago, it might not have worked …
D.- We very quickly asked ourselves the question, especially since several of our relatives had already seen each other and talked about it during the ceremony. With Pauline, we had never noticed each other, but we know we had already met each other on many occasions. Especially when she went to my workplace, to my car dealer to buy her BMW, she had to deal with another consultant. My mother had also already met her since she came to treat patients living in her street.
Since your meeting in Gibraltar, your love story seems exemplary and without the slightest wave. Were you able to identify your 23% incompatibility?
D.- It is true that we may have a tendency to think that 77% compatibility is not enough given the way our relationship works. But we still discovered a lot of differences, especially in terms of certain tastes. We can not watch TV together because we do not like the same programs. At least in terms of cinema, I like action and horror movies, whereas Pauline does not. She loves living with pets, she has three cats, whereas, even though I love animals, I have never had one. And I’m extremely proper, whereas Pauline is much more measured.
P.- We do not see the same series: Damien will like Marvel, science fiction, etc. more. I hate all this! I prefer series like The cartelSpanish or Mexican productions.
Damien, you who are a car sales specialist, how can a new Jaguar break up like it did for you right after your wedding?
D.- Simply because it was not necessary to choose a Jaguar, but to take a BMW! (laughs.) In real life, I get the nickname the black cat, and the production was able to realize this during the filming. Even a new car can not withstand it. But I was in a state of mind where I would do anything to make it work and make my wife feel the best she could. Our adventures allowed us to take the time to get to know each other better. The first 48 hours we had to sleep 30 minutes because of all our little adventures.
P.- All these mishaps brought us closer, we took them as a joke even though we were exhausted in the end. This strengthened our couple, we supported each other without losing our good mood.
How did you imagine your meeting, your marriage and your wedding night?
P.- I did not want negative thoughts. I told myself we would only bring me positive things to have a great experience. Everything I experienced was wonderful. I started my whole family on this experience with infectious enthusiasm, everyone was happy. I would let myself be carried away by events without perceiving them. With Damien, we liked each other right away and so did our respective families. At the time, I did not think I had experienced love at first sight, but when you look at the pictures, it looks a lot like. We both needed love in our lives.
D.- I had the belief that the production would make me meet someone who would take care of me. Even if I had not been charmed at first glance, I would have said yes to marriage. I have all too often been focused on the physical in my previous relationships, and I wanted to emphasize all the values that allow you to move forward in a life together. When I was married, I was hoping to kiss my wife after saying yes. As for the wedding night, I asked myself a lot of questions: how would she react if I did nothing, she would think I did not like her? I had no intention of not being able to sleep with her, but the most important thing was, no matter what, to respect her wishes. And finally, everything went very well with Pauline, it was idyllic.
Damien, your sister had expressed her doubts on the eve of the wedding, is she now completely reassured?
D.- She was very fast. You have to understand that our marriage is outside the traditional framework and I think my sister tends to idealize me. She found it unfortunate that I was going through this form of meeting to find the woman of my life, she felt I did not need it. Pauline does not look like my previous relationship and her first reaction was to think she did not respond to me. But she quickly realized she was wrong.
What was your state of mind at the end of the assessment in front of the experts in “Married at First Sight”?
P.- When we think about the future, our first project is the purchase of a shared house. We retained our enthusiasm. And there is a baby project …
D.- Our first wish is to find a home, a shared home. At that point, we each have our home and we go to either one or the other. Finally, especially at Pauline’s because it was more convenient for our business. And the logical consequence of our marriage is to start a family. Without any pressure from our loved ones, we have the common desire to have children.
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