MAFS groom Liam Cooper talks bisexuality backlash on show


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Bisexual Married At First Sight groom Liam Cooper has spoken about struggles he’s faced with his sexuality, including his TV wife’s concern he might “crave d**k” during their relationship.

Liam is one of several bisexual Aussies appearing on SBS’ Insight program tonight.

The 29-year-old Queenslander opens up about his appearance on the Channel Nine reality show earlier this year.

On the show, his relationship with MAFS wife Georgia didn’t last. Viewers at the time slammed producers for appearing to out him as bi at his wedding in awkward scenes.

Liam told SBS’ Insight that Georgia initially took his bisexuality “on the chin”.

“She was great, it was no issue to her whatsoever,” he told Insight.

“I was really looking forward to continuing our marriage and seeing what our future could hold together.”

Liam said the couple’s final vows on the show’s final episode were a “doozy”. Georgia ultimately decided to walk away from the relationship.

“To be honest it was a kick in the guts to hear from my partner at the time,” he said.

“I think it was a lack of understanding. But I thought she knew so much because we had conversations and we spoke about it.

“Then to hear that because I’m bisexual I might crave dick, she might not be able to give me what I want. But I’m monogamous.

“She was my partner. I wanted to be with her, so you don’t crave.”

The 29-year-old said at the time most of the public was supportive and understanding, he still copped plenty of flack about his sexuality.

“[Some people] didn’t really understand it, always questioning my sexuality, stating now I’m actually gay you can’t be bisexual, it’s a transition period,” he said.

Liam Cooper said the reaction among his family was also mixed, and revealed his aunty confronted him and demanded he admit to being gay.

“My aunty at the time pulled me up and was like ‘you need to tell me that you’re gay. Like you are gay, you can’t be bisexual, you’re gay, you need to tell me this’,” he said.

“She wanted me to say that I was gay when I’m not.”

Liam said lack of education around bisexuality leads to a lot of misconceptions.

“I think a lot of people think that if you’re bisexual, as a male – I know I’ve copped it – that I’m transitioning to gay,” he said.

“[People think] I’m too scared to say I’m gay, that is a transitional period.

“No. In fact, I’m attracted to women and males. That’s how it is.”

MAFS groom Liam Cooper is in relationship with fellow MAFS star

Last week, Liam Cooper confirmed his new relationship with fellow reality TV star Samuel Levi (below).

Samuel starred on Married At First Sight New Zealand in 2019. The couple met at Big Gay Day in Brisbane earlier this year.

“When a country boy finds a city boy,” Liam wrote on Instagram.

“Life works in mysterious ways and this guy came into my life when I least expected it.”

Samuel also wrote on Instagram, “When a city boy finds his country boy.”

The episode of Insight screens on SBS tonight (July 20) at 8:30pm and then streams on SBS On Demand.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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