Married At First Sight star Dan says he realised he was falling for Jessika during their secret date.
During Monday night’s episode, Dan and Jess — who have so far only seen each other at dinner parties and commitment ceremonies — met up in private for a drink.
“The date went really well,” Dan tells 9Honey Celebrity. “As soon as I saw Jess I just got an immediate buzz, and I realised, ‘Oh I’m in deep here now’. The conversations flowed and connection was there, we were holding hands, kissing and having a laugh.
“It was really good to actually speak to her outside of the experiment and I could actually see how genuine she was about her feelings about me. It just made me feel good, you know? We had a connection with everything that we talked about so it was good.”
The date ended up continuing in the apartment Jess shares with Mick.
“Jess invited me back to her place,” Dan recalls. “I got the feeling that Jess invited me back there for more than just a chat actually, ’cause we had a chat and drink at lunch, but once we got back there and I was sitting on the couch and having a chat to her… there was two ways it could have gone. It was either we hook up, go to the bedroom and have some fun or we just respect our partners here.”
It was Dan who made the judgement call, telling Jess he didn’t want do any more sneaking around.
“I told her, ‘I think going one step further in the relationship behind our partners’ backs isn’t the right thing to do,’ so I said, ‘We might as well tell them first and then we can go from there’.”
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