Dean comes clean on Married at First Sight: Everyone's a swinger babe, that's no lie
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Dean comes clean on Married at First Sight: Everyone's a swinger babe, that's no lie

The secret to a happy marriage, Dean style? Being able to screw around.

Sydney is the swingers capital of the world: that's the scoop delivered by Married at First Sight's resident chauvinist Dean Wells on Monday night.

Having shocked his instawife Tracey Jewel on Sunday night's commitment ceremony by saying he wanted to leave just hours after "being intimate" with her, he decided that the start of their post-honeymoon cohabitation was as good a time as any to enlighten her on the facts of life.

"I owe it to Tracey to be completely honest with her, to put all my cards out on the table," the 39-year-old "executive creative director" from Sydney told the camera.

To his 34-year-old "marketing consultant" wife, a Perth native, he explained how the laws of love differ from coast to coast in this country.

Where I come from, we do things a little differently: Dean Wells on Married at First Sight.

Where I come from, we do things a little differently: Dean Wells on Married at First Sight.

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"Relationships are different in Perth and Sydney," he said. "I have been in open relationships, I have been in relationships that are just more purely physical. That doesn't mean I don't care about that person.

"I guess what that means is maybe, as a guy – maybe as someone from Sydney – I can have sex with someone and it not necessarily mean a whole hell of a lot."

Well blow me down if that wasn't news to the entire country. In Sydney, rooting around is de rigueur; in Perth, puritanism rules. Everywhere else, we presumably like it both ways.

Remarkably, Tracey took this revelation on the chin. "Because I'm not from Sydney, until you explained that to me I had honestly no idea," she said. "You just needed to communicate that to me. You know, I'm a smart girl."

Well, the jury is out on that.

Dean explains the facts of life to Tracey.

Dean explains the facts of life to Tracey.

Photo: Nine

Certainly, Ms Jewel is not an entirely naïve girl. Her love life may not involve key parties – not yet, anyway, but who can predict what's in store on this season of MAFS – but it appears to have been rather rich and varied.

The single mother's previous boyfriends include former Bachelor Blake Garvey; Malcolm Day, a sex shop owner and founder of sex toy website adultshop.com; property developer Luke Saraceni; and entrepreneur Simon Ingleson.

She has parlayed that rich experience (mostly with rich men) into a career as a "relationship expert", co-presenting a course in Passion and Pleasure with Ava Cadell, founder of the Loveology University, a self-styled institute of "higher learning and loving".

She's also channelled all that real-world experience into a couple of books, Goddess Within – 50 Inspirations to open up your Goddess Energy and Don't Mess With the Goddess. She has, we are told, even appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show to share her wisdom on all things love and "goddess" related.

With all of that experience and wisdom, surely she must be able to spot a cad when she sees one? Apparently not.

Having told her faux beau it was "disrespectful" to send "mixed messages" by, as she so brilliantly put it on Sunday, trying to "hit it and quit it", she choked up as he suggested maybe it was time to take a step back and stop being physical. For a few days at least.

"Is that what you want," she asked.

"It's what I want," he said, tapping into his deep reserves of sexual self-denial.

Dean and Tracey clear the air. For now.

Dean and Tracey clear the air. For now.

Photo: Nine

"Thanks for being so honest," she said.

"That's all right," said Dean the abstemious. "How about we just go to the bedroom for a quick one, just to get it out of the system."

Bad idea, they both agreed. "Unless you're into it," he offered, ever the considerate gentleman.

Seconds later, his mind was wandering to bikini model Davina, who has clearly opted to stay with Ryan purely to increase her chances of hooking up with Dean.

Ready when you are, Deano: bikini model Davina is waiting to pounce.

Ready when you are, Deano: bikini model Davina is waiting to pounce.

Photo: Nine

The feeling is mutual, more or less.

"When she's really well dressed up, she looks really good," Dean said of the 26-year-old. "Other times I'm not so sure how hot she is. But she's definitely attractive. She's a bit wild, a bit crazy, and kind of more on my wavelength than Tracey."

And there you have it. Goddess or not, Tracey must soon face the truth of her trans-Nullarbor union: it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.

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Karl Quinn

Karl has been a journalist at Fairfax Media since 1999, in a variety of writing and editing roles. Karl writes about popular culture with a particular focus on film and television.

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