Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Mick: 'Jessika Played Up like a Second-Hand Lawnmower'

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Mick: 'Jessika Played Up like a Second-Hand Lawnmower'

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Byline: Philippe Coquerand

A MARRIED At First Sight contestant has slammed the popular show for its blatant lies and deception, less than a week after its finale was played all over national television.

Gympie farmer Mick Gould, 32, was enjoying a "bevvie" on his verandah at his 4.45ha Mothar Mountain property on Wednesday afternoon when he spoke exclusively to The Gympie Times about the scandals and controversies that the show aired to millions of viewers nationwide.

During the shows pre-recording which lasted three months, Mr Gould had to live in Sydney, which he described as an absolute "s---hole" and said he was just on the show for Channel 9's ratings.

"That's the biggest thing that pisses me off because it was a three-month waste of my life," he said.

"You get treated like an absolute idiot with no compensation and the show doesn't even look after you. The amount of times I called my best mate Broxy and he's like 'what happened to ya', you're just a shell of your former self, where's Mick, the excitable bloke?"

"I like to think I'm pretty mentally tough, but the amount of times you come close to breaking down because they treat you like bloody idiots."

Mr Gould said he was promised by producers that the show would be a "fair-dinkum" way of finding love.

"I was generally excited about going into the experiment because it got sold to me that it was going to be a fair-dinkum search for love, something fun and a way of meeting some cool people. Three months later, I wish I never did the bloody thing. It was like anything. You get promised one thing and what you get given is the complete opposite," he said.

Mr Gould said the show's producers manipulated its contestants into certain avenues, sparking outrage and controversy. …

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