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MAFS Australia star Dan Hunjas issues apology to Sandy amid new romance with wedding guest

MAFS Australia stars Dan and Sandy
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
5 April 2023
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Married at First Sight Australia star Dan Hunjas has issued an apology to Sandy Jawanda, whom he married on the latest series of the reality show. 

The contestant said he was sorry for his behaviour at times and for "hurting" and "disrespecting" his wife on the programme. 

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Sharing a photo of the former couple sitting on opposite sides of a sofa during their stint on the show, he wrote in the caption: "The gap on the couch says it all... Sandy and I are worlds apart. From completely separate lives on completely separate journeys. We crossed paths for what was a very small, yet significant moment in time. We enjoyed some great times together and also some challenging times."

He continued: "I am sorry for the way I showed up at times. In the end, I was frustrated and exhausted and allowed my ego to take over and express myself in ways that were regrettable. And in the process, hurt and disrespected Sandy. I ended up treating the experiment the same way I thought it treated our match... Like a joke. I have to own that.

"The gifts are in the lessons to make the necessary changes to be better. We should have left weeks earlier. You cannot put a bird and a fish together and expect them to fall in love with no common interests or passions."

MAFS Australia contestants Dan and Sandy © Channel 4
MAFS Australia contestants Dan and Sandy

He ended the statement by adding: "But as one chapter closes, another opens... So spread your wings Sandy and fly high. All the best."

While their relationship started off well, things started to go downhill for Dan and Sandy after the pocket-dial scandal when Evelyn Ellis claimed that she'd heard two of the husbands, including Dan, saying unpleasant things about their wives. Subsequently, Dan and Sandy decided to go their separate ways at the fourth commitment ceremony.

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Dan has since confirmed his new romance with nurse and influencer Samantha Symes, who he has been friends with for years and was actually a guest at his wedding to Sandy. 

Sandy and Dan's wedding ceremony© Channel 4
Sandy and Dan tied the knot on MAFS Australia

Speaking about his new relationship with Australian radio hosts Fitzy & Wippa, he explained when the romance began: "Well, I left the experiment in September last year, and Samantha and I got together for the very first time [in] mid-January this year.

"So, you know, you tell me if you're dating someone for six weeks, how long should you leave it before you move on to somebody else?"

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