He is the quietly spoken farmer who has won hearts across Australia with his old-fashioned manners and charm, but is Married At First Sight’s Sean Hollands just performing for the camera?
Touting himself as an actor looking for work, his online profile states that producers on the reality dating show said he was a ‘natural actor’, leaving many eagle-eyed fans outraged believing they have been duped.
‘This is so dodgy,’ wrote one disgruntled viewer. ‘I honestly thought he was legit and he was my favourite.’
Listing attributes such as ‘great morals’ and being ‘down to earth’ on his StarNow biography, which has been active for more than two months, the countryman adds: ‘I have a love of riding horses. I own 9 of them.’
And with his bio also highlighting the fact that he is ‘a single father of 2 children’, fans were left furious that Sean, 35, has given away the ending, confirming he doesn’t find happiness with Susan, 37.
Onscreen, the Queensland local can do no wrong, wooing his TV wife Susan, publicly defending controversial contestant Cheryl and offering solid relationship advice to other grooms on the show.
‘Sean has been a fan favourite from the start,’ says an insider. ‘People really held out hope for him, and truly believed he was looking for love.’ But according to our well-placed source, Sean was using the show to raise his own profile and was simply playing a role.
‘Sean was bored of his life working in the mines, and he had been trying to get into acting for a while,’ reveals the insider. ‘He wanted a change and he was single so he gave it a shot.’
While he didn’t expect to have such strong feelings for his new wife, our source says that Sean’s number one priority was always fame.
‘He did fall for Susan, and that made it easier to create the romantic love story to keep viewers hooked,’ says the insider.
For the full story, see this week’s New Idea – out now.
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