When Patrick Miller finished filming Married at First Sight Australia, he struggled with his mental health.
“My head went a bit crazy,” the Melbourne furniture importer confesses. “It’s difficult going back to normal life when everyone wants to talk to you and take your picture. For a long time, I closed up, stayed at home, didn’t see anyone and just curled up in a ball. I had no-one to talk to.”
So when Kiwi MAFS contestants Gareth Noble and Wayne McIntosh got in touch to seek advice on life after reality TV, Patrick was determined to make sure they didn’t suffer like he did.
He tells, “I had to help them, but also there were a lot of similarities in our personalities, so we got on well and stayed in touch.”
And last week, Patrick, 36, jetted into Aotearoa to celebrate Gareth’s 27th birthday, which saw them sharing a few beers at his and Wayne’s new Auckland apartment, dancing with Shaun Johnson at a Viaduct bar and attending a taping of The Project. Patrick grins, “I love it here. It feels like home.”
One of the things he, Gareth and Wayne have bonded over is men’s mental health, with the trio raising $2500 for Movember. Wayne, 28, says, “In the past 10 years, I’ve lost 10