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Season two Big Brother star Jess Hardy sets the record straight on her ill-fated romance with ex-husband Marty

Jess and Marty were Australia's OG reality TV couple!

By Bella Brennan
Here's one that'll take you back.
As the second season of Big Brother kicked off in 2002, Jess Hardy and Nathan "Marty" Martin quickly became informally known as the wholesome country couple, hitting it off immediately before our very own square-eyes.
While neither of them actually won the series, with Peter Corbett ultimately pocketing the $250,000 cash prize, the pair won the hearts of the nation and quickly became Australia's ultimate reality TV couple.
In 2004, the couple married in their own spin-off reality TV show named Marty & Jess: An Outback Wedding.
However 15 months later the pair divorced, with Jess going on to focus on her career studying law and becoming a radio host.
Marty meanwhile went on to remarry, and now has three children with his second wife Lexi.
Jess and Marty fell head-over-heels in love during the second season of Big Brother. (Image: Channel 10)
And now, as the refreshed and rebooted new season of Big Brother returns to our airwaves this week, Jess is telling all on her infamous reality romance and her decision to have sex on national TV.
"I'm not an exhibitionist, but you do kind of forget and you like the intimacy, you feel like you've got an ally, you get a little cosy and before too long it's the dancing doona all over again," Jess explained during an interview on Triple M's Moonman In The Morning this week.
"It's just a comfort thing. Dad said to me when I got out, 'Couldn't you wait?' but when the intense chemistry is there and you're unable to leave, it's undeniable," she added.
The pair tied the knot in their own spin-off show but divorced just over a year later. (Image: Channel 10)
"It feels like it's the right thing at the time, you don't remember the cameras are there."
As for why the seemingly loved-up poster couple split soon after tying the knot, the blonde beauty admitted the chemistry quickly fizzled out.
"He's got a happy ending with another lovely lady, they've got a family and he's all loved up. He's back on the farm," Jess, who describes herself as "embarrassingly single, mused of her ex.

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