Lasting love may not have struck for either Liam Cooper or Samuel  Levi on their respective seasons of Married At First Sight, but the  reality show which made them famous has also brought them  together in real life.  

Liam, 30, who appeared on the latest season of MAFS Australia and Samuel, 28, who appeared on season two of the New Zealand  franchise, both posted photos to their respective Instagram accounts  announcing their relationship.  

Liam posted: “Life works in mysterious ways and this guy came into  my life when I least expected it…Samuel has shown me what  support looks like, what trust looks like and much more. I am  scared, I am nervous, but most of all I am happy.”  

 

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Big Gay Day

Samuel, who posted the same pictures to his Instagram account,  said, “When a city boy finds his country boy. Life certainly works in  mysterious ways. It looks like the ‘experiment’ worked out for the  both of us.”  

Speaking to the Star Observer, Liam says, “Samuel and I met at Big  Gay Day in Brisbane. I heard Samuel would be attending so I  reached out and we started talking…Samuel has this energy that I  cannot explain, I knew when I met him that he would be in my life.  My show had just finished airing and I wasn’t looking for a  relationship, but I knew something was different with Samuel. We  both got along and it was easy.”  

“I had never dated a guy, and prior to the show I was single for 6  years,” Liam says. After they met, the friendship between the two  soon fostered rumours of a relationship, with thinly veiled innuendo  spilling over into gossip pages. 

I was annoyed with the media because they kept labelling me.  “Bisexual Liam Cooper goes out for dinner.” I don’t understand why  my sexuality is such a big issue. Why can’t the media write, “Liam  Cooper goes out to dinner? I’m more than just my sexuality.” 

‘We couldn’t really hide it any longer’

 

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“Samuel and I attended an event together as friends. We took a  photo together and the media went on to say we had a romantic  hug. I was trying to state a fact that two guys from the LGBTQIA+  community can go out and just be friends,” says Liam.  

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“It got to the point where everyone started commenting on our  relationship, even though we were just friends. Articles were written  and we couldn’t do anything without someone saying something.  We were both happy and both understood the mutual feeling was  something we couldn’t really hide any longer. I thought, ‘let’s just rip  the band-aid off and announce it to everyone’. Everyone will have  their say and then we can move on with our life and our  relationship.”  

“We both knew that there would be a backlash and homophobic  comments but I was not going to hide this relationship or let anyone  try and stop it. Haters are always going to hate, and with the  support from one another, nothing else matters.”  

‘MAFS’ Was An Unexpected Experience

For both Liam and Samuel, appearing on MAFS came as a truly  unexpected experience as neither actually applied to be on the  show.  

Samuel tells the Star Observer that he “was approached for the  show, which all happened so fast really. I had just come out of a 2.5  year long relationship with my ex, and first-ever male partner. I saw  it as a fun experience and had nothing to lose at all. How often in  this life, do you get asked to participate in such an experience?”  

Liam says, “I actually didn’t apply. I was contacted by producers one  afternoon asking if I was single and if I would be interested in appearing  on the show. At that point in my life I had been single for six years, so for  me it was a non brainer. If the experts were going to find me a partner  and all I had to do was show up, then I was going to take that chance.”

“I  was hoping to find a partner. I was hoping to find someone to start a  future with, and although I didn’t find that on the show, I have found that with Samuel, so I guess the show has worked for me. To this day I do  not know how they got my contact information. I know they sometimes find you via Instagram; that’s how they found Georgia. I  had not been on camera before filming MAFS. It is a whole different  experience. Getting fitted for mic’s; having cameras and a mic guy  follow you everywhere you go; It’s crazy!”  

Blindsided With Being Outed On ‘MAFS’

Liam Cooper

Liam didn’t hide anything from producers prior to appearing on the  show and says, “Producers knew I was Bisexual. It was something I  mentioned straight away to them. I had about three Skype interviews  where we spoke about my being bisexual.” 

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Liam has no regrets about his time on MAFS. “I never regret  anything in life. Going onto the show, I didn’t think about the trolls or  how my sexuality would be such a big issue. I’m bisexual. It doesn’t  define me… The only thing I would have considered more was my  career.” 

Liam, who was a Prison Case Management Officer, says,  “After the show went to air I was not able to return back to work; for  me that was an eight year career gone.” 

Referencing the controversy which erupted after his sexuality was  revealed to his on-screen wife (couples have a wedding but do not  actually sign legal wedding papers) Georgia Fairweather, Liam  says, “I wish I wasn’t outed the way I was, but it happened. I knew I  could have been honest with Georgia. I was always going to be  honest in regard to my sexuality, and who I was. I would never hide  that from anyone; however I wish I could have told Georgia  differently.”

“I guess I was blindsided by how they outed me to  everyone. Now I feel it has started conversations and people are  starting to understand a little more, which is a good thing. No one  should be outed or have to come out. Heterosexuals do not have to  come out so why does anyone from the LGBTQIA + community  have to? I wanted to tell Georgia in my own way, not have six  randoms (at the time) and my new wife all look at me and judge me  for being bisexual. Most people don’t know but I actually came out on the show. My brother and sister knew and a close circle of my  friends but that was all.” 

Life After ‘MAFS’

 

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Samuel tells the Star Observer that he went on his season of MAFS “to show the nation that being gay, bi, or however you identify is totally 100% ok, which is something I will always stand by. I was  openly gay before going on MAFS, and being one of the first same sex couples within the MAFS franchise. I knew what I was getting  myself into. 

In all honesty, nothing ever prepares you for the  backlash that can come from being on a Reality TV show. I certainly  learnt a lot about myself, especially watching it back, and became a  much better person for it. Now that I know I have been the reason  why so many young people have felt comfortable to come out, that  makes me bloody happy.” 

What’s next for the reality stars and their relationship? Liam says,  “Yes, we’re in the media but we are normal people who are in a  relationship. What’s key for us is open communication. At the end of  the day we’re not in a relationship with the media, we are in a  relationship with each other.”  

“We have a diverse range of interests but I think that’s what drew us  together. When we went skydiving that was the first time for me but  Samuel had (done it) three times already. I’m a country boy, and Samuel  enjoys spending time on the farm. Our lives just join into each  other’s and compliment one another perfectly.”  

Samuel says he plans to take Liam “back home to New Zealand to  meet my family, as I have met his nearest and dearest. Now it’s just  taking each day, week and month as it comes, like any ordinary  couple.”

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