Married At First Sight 2024: Jack Dunkley admits to telling ex he was going overseas before appearing on the matchmaking show

Married At First Sight groom Jack Dunkley admitted on Tuesday morning he really did tell his ex-girlfriend he was ‘going overseas’ before appearing on the show.

The 34-year-old personal trainer, who is currently paired up with his TV bride Tori Adams, was recently accused of dumping ex Courtney Jade to go on the series. 

While he said that isn’t the reason they split, Jack admitted on Today Extra he did lie to Courtney about where he was going following their breakup.  

‘When I originally did the break-up, I kind of softened the blow,’ he said, adding that he didn’t feel right just telling Courtney he wanted to go on MAFS to get married.

‘I said I had some work to do in Sydney. [Courtney] turned around and said, “I’m going to move to Sydney. What’s your boss’ number? I’m going to call him and let him know I’m coming.”‘

Pictured: Jack's ex-girlfriend Courtney Jade

Married At First Sight groom Jack Dunkley, 34, (left) admitted on Tuesday morning he really did tell his ex-girlfriend he was ‘going overseas’ before appearing on the show 

Jack added: ‘It was a bit of a soft blow, but I had my hands tied a little bit. So, I regrettably said I’m actually going overseas for a few months. So, the door is shut.’ 

The reality television star broke his silence last Thursday on claims he broke up with his ex-girlfriend to appear on the Channel Nine dating series.

Jack told Daily Mail Australia he didn’t end his relationship in pursuit of reality TV fame, and genuinely decided to take part in the experiment to find everlasting love. 

He came under fire last week when his former partner Courtney accused him of breaking up with her under the guise of a ‘work opportunity in America,’ only for her to discover he was starring on MAFS.

He said he wasn’t surprised Courtney spoke out, and he was fully transparent with his TV bride Tori about his ex very early on in the experiment.  

The 34-year-old personal trainer, who is currently paired up with his TV bride Tori Adams (right), was recently accused of dumping ex Courtney Jade to go on the series

The 34-year-old personal trainer, who is currently paired up with his TV bride Tori Adams (right), was recently accused of dumping ex Courtney Jade to go on the series 

‘It wasn’t a surprise. I had a feeling that my ex was going to go rogue at some point and probably sell something to the media,’ Jack told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Tori was all over it. 

‘I think I discussed it with her day two or day three of meeting her and caught her up to speed with my latest relationship and where it was and how I couldn’t get away from the communications even though I wasn’t responding,’ 

Jack also addressed claims he is just a ‘f**k boy,’ a term he says has haunted his journey in finding love.

He said his portrayal of a man search for lasting love on the show is accurate, and he wants to distance himself from the frivolities in his early twenties. 

While he said that isn't the reason they split, Jack admitted on Today Extra he did lie to Courtney about where he was going following their breakup

While he said that isn’t the reason they split, Jack admitted on Today Extra he did lie to Courtney about where he was going following their breakup

‘I’m not an F boy,’ he vehemently stated.

‘I told the cameras that’s not who I am and my story, my real story is actually the fact that I am misunderstood and that’s why I thought I struggled to find love because everyone does look at me and think I’m not ready to settle down because I do have this look about me and the way I hold myself.’

Daily Mail Australia understands Jack has since reached out to Courtney to apologise for not being transparent and add clarity to the breakup. 

He wishes her nothing but the best for her future. 

Courtney admitted last week she was feeling distressed while watching Jack’s ‘marriage’ play out on TV.

The reality television star broke his silence last Thursday on claims he broke up with his ex-girlfriend to appear on the Channel Nine dating series

The reality television star broke his silence last Thursday on claims he broke up with his ex-girlfriend to appear on the Channel Nine dating series  

He said he wasn't surprised Courtney spoke out, and he was fully transparent with his TV bride Tori about his ex very early on in the experiment

He said he wasn’t surprised Courtney spoke out, and he was fully transparent with his TV bride Tori about his ex very early on in the experiment 

‘It’s been a very hard time in my life. One that I don’t wish on anyone,’ she told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.

‘I hope this doesn’t continue to happen to other people. It was a horrible experience and not something I want to talk about.’ 

Courtney then posted an emotionally charged statement to her Instagram stories. 

She said she was heartbroken Jack is set to air dirty laundry about their breakup on the popular TV show. 

‘I hope everyone gets some sickening entertainment out of my horrid breakup on Channel Nine,’ she vented.

‘I have no comment in regards to MAFS, so would appreciate it if media and all forms of communication would leave me in peace.’

Jack also addressed claims he is just a 'f**k boy,' a term he says has haunted his journey in finding love

Jack also addressed claims he is just a ‘f**k boy,’ a term he says has haunted his journey in finding love 

'I struggled to find love because everyone does look at me and think I'm not ready to settle down because I do have this look about me and the way I hold myself,' he said

‘I struggled to find love because everyone does look at me and think I’m not ready to settle down because I do have this look about me and the way I hold myself,’ he said  

She also disclosed her ongoing personal struggles following their split, revealing she has been forced to go on medication and regularly see a psychologist. 

‘I have been seeing a therapist and have been medicated due to the disgusting trauma I have experienced and would like to be left alone to heal,’ she said. 

Courtney explained the fact their breakup is set to play out so publicly has made things a lot harder to process.

‘It’s one thing to go through a breakup, but it’s another thing to have to relive it on nationwide TV and talk about it,’ she added.

‘Enjoy watching the fame hungry humans that ruin lives and create nothing but pain. I am embarrassed by the world we live in and am absolutely mortified by my experience.’

Questioning the premise of the show, she asked, ‘Creating love or creating monsters?’ before appealing for her privacy to be respected.

Married At First Sight continues on Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine and 9Now. 

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