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This Is How Many Married At First Sight UK Couples Have Stayed Together

Does the social experiment actually work?

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By Bustle UK
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It's not always easy meeting a partner. And if you've got your eyes set on heading up the aisle and want to speed up the process, it doesn't get much speedier than Married At First Sight, which sees singles get hitched the first time they meet. So for some, taking part in the ultimate blind (and hopefully last ever) date on Married At First Sight holds great appeal. But the question is, do the show's stars get what they're truly after? Are any Married At First Sight UK couples still together?

Married At First Sight, which is described as a "social experiment," uses psychological analysis and the input of relationship experts to match its participants. And let's just say it's track record for orchestrating lasting love matches has been less than perfect... In fact, up until 2020, their success rate was at zero.

Former matches Emma and James from the first season of the show seemed like they were on the right track but sadly ended up parting ways as they weren't sexually attracted to each other. Then there was season three's Stephanie and Ben. They couldn't keep their eyes (or hands) off each other from the get go but later Ben revealed that he'd left Stephanie and they were getting a divorce. He later appeared on CBB and, despite having moved on with a new partner (who was pregnant with his child), was famously amorous with costar Roxanne Pallet.

The latest season of Married At First Sight saw clinical psychologist Dr Angela Smith work alongside matchmakers Paul C Brunson (AKA Oprah’s “love doctor”) and British romance expert Gen Gresset. The Guardian reports that the trio laboriously searched through a stonking 7,000 applicants to find the right matches.

And, thank god, it looks like all that groundwork may have paid off – well, for one of the two couples at least. While David and Shareen's relationship went from bad to worse as the series progressed (David was a planner while Shareen considered herself more of a free spirit), fan favourites Michelle and Owen may have proved that this social experiment can actually work.

In an unprecedented Married At First Sight UK move, Michelle revealed at the end of the season that she was planning to move in with Owen in Sheffield. The pair were loved up throughout the whole 2020 series and now it looks like they're going to make a good go of it. Hallelujah!

While only time will tell if Michelle and Owen really will break the Married At First Sight UK curse, watching their blossoming relationship over the past few weeks really has been the quarantine viewing we all needed.

Contributions from Aoife Hanna and Rebecca Fearn.

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