Married At First Sight’s Matthew Bennett is now known nationally as the show’s ‘virgin’, and last night, things just weren’t going his way when he attempted to get intimate with his new ‘wife’, Lauren Huntriss.
Instead of fireworks between the couple after soaking in a bathtub together, Matthew was rushed to hospital.
“I’m feeling really crook, I don’t know what’s going on,” the 29-year-old told producers before undergoing tests in hospital.
Psychologist John Aiken explained: “When Matthew faces the numerous challenges in this experiment, he can internalise this anxiety and it can manifest physically in terms of muscle tension, dizziness and shortness of breath.”
After spending six hours in hospital, Matthew was discharged and given the all-clear to continue his honeymoon.
“Last night I got just really unwell. I’d been pushing through some pain for a while and it just got the best of me,” he told producers.
“Loz sat with me the whole night. I felt really supported and as weird as it sounds, I’m so incredibly grateful for it. I think, if anything, it’s actually brought us closer together.”
Despite spending hours in the emergency room together, the two appeared to feel more relaxed around each other as they enjoyed some cute, little pillow talk that night.
“I definitely think it was a good bonding experience for Matthew and I,” Lauren said following the incident.
“It made us forget about everything else. I think it’s brought us closer together for sure. We are married now and they say in sickness and in health, so there I was!”
According to the Black Dog Institute, anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. Up to one-third of women and one-fifth of men will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.
Severe anxiety can result in chest pain, a racing heartbeat, dizziness and even rashes. Sometimes anxious people think they’re having a heart attack and it can be anxiety.