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Married At First Sight’s James Susler used to be married – and remains ‘best friends’ with ex-wife

He is about to star on the forthcoming season of Married At First Sight.

And ahead of the Channel Nine social experiment premiering on Monday, February 22, James Susler has revealed he was previously married to a woman he remains ‘best friends’ with.

The prestige car company owner, 44, told 9Now on Thursday he shares three children with his ex-wife, who he split with as they ‘grew apart over the years’.

Surprise: New Married At First Sight groom James Susler (pictured), 44, has revealed he was previously married to a woman he remains ‘best friends’ with

‘We’re best friends, we really are. But we just grew apart over the years. Three kids makes a lot of strain in a relationship, and we’ve got twins as well,’ he said.

‘It was hard, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love her. She loves me, I love her. We’re just not in love anymore.’ 

The soon-to-be TV groom, who has been single for more than 12 months, added he wanted a relationship where love was reciprocated and physical intimacy was important.

‘Sex is one of the most important things in a relationship. That’s the ultimate way to connect with someone,’ James told the publication.

Revealing: 'Sex is one of the most important things in a relationship. That's the ultimate way to connect with someone,' James told the publication

Revealing: ‘Sex is one of the most important things in a relationship. That’s the ultimate way to connect with someone,’ James told the publication

His confession follows Channel Nine revealing the ‘most genuine’ cast members of the dating series’ upcoming eight season.

The network released official photos of this year’s participants earlier this month.

Teacher Alana Lister, 30, was listed as one of the nine brides revealed on February 9, alongside retail worker Beth Moore, 39, pilates studio owner Connie ‘Coco’ Stedman, 30, property developer Samantha Jayne, 31, and barber Joanne Todd, 39.

Here they come: Channel Nine released official photos of this year's participants earlier this month, ahead of the highly anticipated premiere on Monday, February 22. Pictured: Alana Lister, 30

Here they come: Channel Nine released official photos of this year's participants earlier this month, ahead of the highly anticipated premiere on Monday, February 22. Pictured: Beth Moore, 39

Here they come: Channel Nine released official photos of this year’s participants earlier this month, ahead of the highly anticipated premiere on Monday, February 22. Pictured: Alana Lister, 30, and Beth Moore, 39

Sales woman Belinda Vickers, 29, was also named among the bunch, as well as musician and mental health worker Booka Nile, 31, workplace trainer Melissa, 31, and business manager Rebecca Zemek, 27. 

Electrician Brett Helling, 31, was listed in the nine grooms, alongside radio host Bryce Ruthven, 31, crane operator Cameron Dunne, 32, charity CEO Jake Edwards, 32, construction estimator Jason Engler, 35, and F45 Patrick Dwyer, 27.

Diesel mechanic Russell, 37, will also be taking part, as well as clothing brand owner Sam, 32.   

Who else? Pictured

Why, hello there! Pictured Bryce Ruthven

Here come the boys! Electrician Brett Helling (pictured left) was listed in the nine grooms, alongside radio host Bryce Ruthven (pictured right), crane operator Cameron Dunne, charity CEO Jake Edwards, construction estimator Jason Engler and F45 Patrick Dwyer


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