What happened to Married at First Sight UK couples from seasons one to six
Marriage is one of the biggest commitments a person enters into.
For many it is a relationship they have built up over a number of years or for others, it's a complete whirlwind.
But it's not very often that you find two complete strangers walking down the aisle.
That is, however, exactly what happens on Married at First Sight.
The UK version of the marriage experiment has now aired for six series.
But this year, the show had a major makeover for 2021.
Like in the Australian show, rather than legal marriages, the couples made a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.
After the ceremony and celebrations were over, true love was well and truly put to the test, as they embarked on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other AND their fellow couples.
But it was a lot different in series one.
Here, with the help of the Mirror, we take a look back at where the couples from series one to six are now.
Emma and James
Emma Rathbone and James Ord-Hume were the first-ever pair to walk down the aisle in 2015.
The businesswoman and university administrator had no idea what was in store when they agreed to take part.
But what they did know is that they'd walk away a married couple.
They managed to outlast the rest of the couples from the first series, but sadly decided to get a divorce after just 34 weeks.
There wasn't one major issues that caused the split, with the pair insisting there were several factors that all added up to them no longer being compatible.
Sam and Jack
There wasn't a need to fork out for a divorce with this couple as they didn't even get married.
Due to pressure from her family, Sam McDonald pulled out just two weeks before the big day.
This meant she didn't even get a chance to meet security consultant Jack Finn-Kelcey before deciding to call the whole thing off.
However, in a shock twist, the pair actually started dating after the show and fell head over heels for one another.
But it wasn't to be as they split up after four months together and went their separate ways.
Kate and Jason
The third and final married couple from the first series were Kate Stewart and Jason Knowles.
They managed to make it all the way down the aisle but barely saw each other after returning from their honeymoon in Ireland because of work.
But that was the least of their problems when personal trainer Kate discovered her financial adviser husband was looking for love elsewhere.
Kate dumped Jason after catching him looking for romance on dating app Tinder despite being married to her.
"A friend just sent me this and so I guess that’s it – the ring’s coming off," Kate told the cameras.
"Instead of coming to meet me right now to talk this through, he's searching for a new wife on Tinder so that's it - the ring's off."
But Jason denied betraying his bride and insisted he only joined Tinder after he realised his short-lived relationship with Kate would never work.
They broke up while being filmed for the show and their marriage was later annulled.
Lucie and Steve
Lucie and Steve had an awkward start and struggled for six weeks and tried to make it work, but the marketing executive and writer eventually realised that they would be better off staying as friends.
"There is a little spark but no fireworks. Being married to Lucie is not what I expected," Steve said.
While Lucie and Steve decided they didn't look at each other in a romantic way, they did reportedly stay friends and met up for the occasional coffee.
Melissa and Clark
Melissa and Clark got on like a house on fire at first and seemed like they could go the distance.
Business development manager Clark even proved he was committed to making things work by moving from London to Milton Keynes to live with his student nurse wife.
The pair were seen adorning their shared flat in romantic pictures from their wedding day.
However, just five months later, the relationship also collapsed and they ended up getting divorced.
Sara and Adam
Married at First Sight viewers thought this pair were meant to be when they tied the knot, but the path of true love never did run smooth.
They had a massive argument on their honeymoon when poor Adam enjoyed "too much" wine on their and the romantic holiday descended into complete chaos.
Despite this rather unfortunate start, the trainee counsellor still let the operations manager move into his home.
They actually lived together for a whole year before deciding to get a divorce due to a lack of chemistry.
"I think that science matches the compatibility between us; what the science can't match or can't create is the chemistry," Sara later said.
Caroline and Adam
Caroline and Adam actually went one step further than a lot of the other couples.
After getting married they cemented their relationship by moving in together and buying a bunny.
But the fluffy pet was not enough to keep the spark going as they realised there wasn't enough chemistry.
They split after a year and Caroline later put her £850 Vera Wang wedding dress up for sale on eBay.
This meant that all four marriages from season two of the show ended in divorce.
Stephanie and Ben
The most notorious marriage of them all was Ben Jardine and Stephanie Saint Remy.
Initially, they seemed like a great match with instant chemistry and enjoyed a passionate honeymoon, but things turned sour when they got back home.
They struggled living together and their relationship fell apart in front of the media spotlight - with Ben announcing on Fubar radio that they had split.
Ben later went into the Celebrity Big Brother house and became close with Roxanne Pallett.
During the show, Ben revealed he was expecting his first child with a mystery woman.
When she gave birth in November 2018, he wrote: "Thrilled to announce the arrival of little Siena Grace. #amazing Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! #buzzing #heresheis"
Harriet and Richard
These two seemed perfectly happy with their match at first - but then the wheels started to fall off.
Richard and Harriet were praising their chemistry and all was going swimmingly well, even when the blushing groom joked about chatting up the waitress on their honeymoon.
"I can’t imagine being with someone better suited. We have a lot in common," said financial director Harriet.
In agreement, police sergeant Richard said: "It feels great to be married. I feel proud to be married to Harriet. She’s incredibly successful, she’s very sweet."
But then they started to spend whole nights in silence and eventually drifted apart.
In the show's finale, Harriet broke down in tears as she told the relationship experts her marriage was over.
"I didn't want or expect it to end in divorce. So I leave with a heavy heart," she said.
Carrie and Wayne
This one was over way before it even began and the couple didn't even marry.
Just six weeks before the big day, Wayne got cold feet and told the registrar he would not be going ahead with the wedding.
Carrie, who had been single for four years, was loving the prospect of the getting wed so it was gutting to see.
Minutes after Carrie revealed her excitement for the wedding, Wayne dropped by and revealed he was not happy to continue.
Wayne choked up and struggled to get his words out as he revealed his shocking decision.
"I have had to think long and hard about this but I’m really sorry to say I won’t be declaring my intention today," he said.
"I’d feel awful for her, I really would, but the other side is I don't want to marry someone if I’m not entirely comfortable with the situation, so I’d hope she would appreciate that."
Verity and Jack
Despite a rocky start, Verity and Jack looked like they could go the distance.
The newlyweds remained close when the cameras stopped rolling, but fans were gutted in the final episode when they discovered Jack had dumped Verity after just three months.
Keeping their rings on, they both agreed they wanted to work at their relationship, but in the final moments of the episode they appeared separately to confirm they were no longer together.
Explaining his decision to split, IT consultant Jack said: "The last time I saw Verity was two weeks ago where I decided that we left it there and go our separate ways.
"It was hard making that decision and seeing someone get hurt. She is such an amazing girl, but I didn’t have that connection, that missing jigsaw puzzle, unfortunately we didn’t have that."
Fighting back tears, Verity said: "I really tried and I thought we were in it together, and were both gonna work at it.
"Jack said I wasn’t the one and thought he had given it his all, and that was it. We were only together for three months which I think is a drop in the ocean of trying to make it work, and it’s not the outcome I wanted."
Steph and Jonathan
For Steph and Jonathan, there were clues from the start that they wouldn't last from before the series aired.
When Steph attended a viewing party for the first episode without her ring or husband it seemed to indicate they were no longer together.
They did tie the knot on the show but struggled to form a connection in the weeks following their wedding day.
Jonathan remained "conflicted" over whether he wanted to stay with Steph or not, but she soon realised it wasn’t for her.
However, it was Jonathan who officially called things to an end by giving Steph annulment papers in an envelope for Christmas.
Despite her own reservations, Steph was horrified by the move as they had agreed to make any decisions about their marriage together.
Jonathan later admitted he regretted his decision and wanted her to give him two more weeks, but after speaking with a sex and relationship expert they decided to go their separate ways.
At the end of the show it was revealed they had gone ahead with divorce proceedings and decided to travel the word...separately.
Michelle and Owen
There is only one couple who are still happily married - and that is last season's Michelle Walder and Owen Jenkins.
Their love story captivated audiences and has continued since they wed last year - with teacher Michelle moving from Sussex to Sheffield in August.
Owen works as an IT manager and also runs an Instagram account along with Michelle, showing the pair's loved-up lifestyle.
Recently, the couple returned to the place where they got married to reminisce about the day they met for the very first time.
Series six has only just come to an end but there's already been a post-show split.
In last Monday's reunion, MAFS viewers saw that Luke and Morag has gone their separate ways.
The pair came face-to-face for a heated chat with the experts, in front of their fellow couples.
Morag claimed that Luke ghosted her once the show ended - while Luke admitted to feeling "played".
Luke also dealt a blow by admitting that while he "had feelings" for Morag, he lied about loving her in his vow renewal speech.
Josh and Amy also came to the reunion apart after re-commiting to eachother in their final vows.
Amy returned home to Cornwall after the show, and accused her husband of "checking out" of the relationship
When Josh cited their time apart as a 'deal breaker', Amy hit back: "10 days isn't a lot, and I'm sorry if you can lose your feelings in 10 days, then were they even f**king real?… I still have a lot of feelings."
But Josh argued: "There comes a time when enough is enough and if you're not compatible with someone and you're not compatible."
Despite appearing as a solid couple at the reunion, Marilyse and Franky have since announced the end of their marriage.
Franky had already moved from Dubai to the same town as Marilyse and been introduced to her teenage children.
But Franky posted an emotional statement on Instagram where he said: "It's very sad because we get along great and have gotten through a lot of obstacles but it just hasn’t worked out."
He did say they had remained friends and added: "Thank you Maz you're a star! You and your family have been a very special chapter in my life."
Marilyse also confirmed the split, calling Franky an "awesome, kind-hearted, incredible guy."
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