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Married At First Sight

MAFS EXCLUSIVE: Dan reveals he split from Jessika after the explosive reunion

“Why I broke up with Jessika!”

By Zara Zubeidi
It's been anything but smooth sailing for Jessika and Dan on Married At First Sight. After striking up a relationship behind their on-screen partners' backs, the controversial couple survived the backlash from their co-stars and committed to a future together at their Final Vows ceremony.
However, life has been far from bliss. Dan tells TV WEEK he and Jessika split up after the reunion, where they were shown footage of Jessika hitting on fellow groom Nic – something she had denied doing.
"I felt betrayed," Dan, 35, says of seeing the footage. "I always had a gut feeling something wasn't right, I really did. Something didn't add up. I was upset.
"I was in love with this girl, and to see that unfold on TV in front of the group, I felt like I was played for a fool."
"I felt betrayed," Dan says, revealing his split from Jessika. (Image: Nine Network).
Following this, Dan says he called off the relationship, explaining that he just couldn't trust her.
"After the experiment, we did part ways for a bit," he admits.
"Coming out of the reunion was difficult for me and I lost a lot of trust for her. I needed time for myself and I said to her, 'Look, I need a break.'"
While Dan says they're back together, they're taking things slowly – and he has no plans to introduce Jessika, 26, to his son.
"There's stuff I have to ask before I get into a full-time relationship," he says. "I need to make sure I have these questions answered and feel 100 per cent trust for her.
"I'm sure she has trust issues with me too, because we did both go behind our partner's backs to establish our relationship. And if we can do it to our partners, why not to each other?
"And for me, I'm not going to introduce my son to a girl unless I have that 100 per cent trust. I don't want him to see that. I don't think it's healthy."
Dan and Jess have reunited, but they're taking things slowly.
Married At First Sight continues Sunday, 7pm, on Nine Network.

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