Married at First Sight Australia spoilers follow – including the finale episode of season 5.
Seasons four and five of Married at First Sight Australia might have first aired back in 2017 and 2018, but viewers in the UK are only just getting sucked into the drama thanks to their recent outings on E4.
Airing on weeknights, we've followed the couples down the aisle, onto their honeymoons, for home stays and – crunch time – the final commitment ceremony. But who was a match made in heaven, and who decided to throw their marriage all the way down to hell?
Sarah Roza and Telv Williams
One of the strongest couples throughout the experiment, Sarah and Telv hit it off right from the initial moment they met. Their bond got stronger and stronger as the weeks went on, and it took fans by surprise when some cracks started to appear in the final stages of the dating experiment.
Sarah wanted Telv to move in with her right away after the process, while Telv thought it might take a while to get his life in order first. Ultimately, their hearts were triumphant and the pair professed their love to one another in the final ceremony.
We're sad to report that things didn't last that long back in the real world. Telv did move into Sarah's home for a few months, but their relationship later broke down. After quite a public media fallout, they each reportedly moved on with different partners.
Charlene Perera and Patrick Miller
Charlene struggled to talk about her emotions, Patrick wanted to have lots of deep and meaningfuls. Their relationship seemed very up and down throughout the show, but it was a nice surprise to see them deciding to stay together at the end of the experiment.
Unfortunately, their romance didn't blossom any further and the pair decided to go their separate ways. Pat shared a heartfelt message of support for Charlene on Instagram, and they continued to reunite as friends.
Melissa Walsh and John Robertson
Oh, Melissa and John.
It was a big decision for John to return to the experiment, but all his doubts seemed to wash away when he met Melissa at the end of the aisle.
After developing feelings for each other throughout the process, the pair decided to stay together despite the question mark of their distance and family commitments.
We're sorry to say that John and Melissa didn't stay together, announcing their break-up through a joint statement which read: "It has been very difficult and it make us both very sad to say we have decided to no longer continue as a couple."
Troy Delmege and Ashley Irvin
These two kept us guessing right to the very end.
Troy was head-over-heels for Ashley, although they never seemed to form an intimate bond. Probably one of the most volatile couples we have seen on the show, they bickered and argued constantly.
On decision day, both Troy and Ashley declared that they thought they would be better off as friends.
Troy ended up dating another wife from his season (more on that later...)
Davina Rankin and Ryan Gallagher
Davina and Ryan's compatibility was called into question right from the start. A joke that he made on the wedding day didn't go down well with Davina, and she couldn't quite see herself warming up to him.
After her secret texting with Dean, she attempted to turn over a new leaf with Ryan but eventually the pair chose to go their separate ways.
Ryan later took part in I'm a Celebrity Australia, getting close to Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby during his time in the jungle.
Dean Wells and Tracey Jewel
Dean definitely brought the drama in season five. He and Tracey were matched by the experts from the get-go and they seemed to have an instant spark.
In what was bad news for a very loved-up Tracey, Dean decided that he wasn't really feeling it and decided to 'leave' during the first commitment ceremony. With Tracey writing 'stay', he was forced to continue another week. Rather than making it up to his bride, he secretly met with Davina and the pair hatched a plan to couple-up with each other instead.
At the next commitment ceremony, Dean got cold feet and decided not to walk away from Tracey. He did, however, come clean about his betrayal to the entire (very unimpressed) group.
Tracey decided to stand by him through these two 'bombshells', and the pair tried to work at their trust. Eventually, Dean revealed that he was falling in love with Tracey. Not sure if she could trust him, Tracey walked away on the final decision day and the pair ended their marriage.
Tracey moved on with fellow contestant Sean Thomsen, but that didn't last.
Sean Thomsen and Blair Rachael
Despite a great wedding day, Sean and Blair's relationship didn't develop very far. Sean had a hard time opening up, and Blair felt that her growing feelings weren't being reciprocated.
The pair called it quits before Blair's homestay, leaving the experiment before the end.
Nasser Sultan and Gabrielle Bartlett
Nasser and Gabrielle appeared to hit it off quite early, and their honeymoon was filled with fun-filled activities and deep conversations.
But the romance dwindled when they moved in together, and the pair eventually admitted that they were firmly in the friend-zone. Nasser and Gabrielle each wrote 'leave' before the experiment ended.
After the show, it was rumoured that Gabrielle had found love with co-star Sean Donnelly – but he swiftly denied that they were an item.
Justin Fischer and Carly Bowyer
Carly did everything to try and make her marriage work with Justin, but he seemed to struggle to open up and prioritise his relationship over his career ambitions. Eventually, she called it quits and they mutually agreed to walk away.
Later on, Carly fell for fellow co-star Troy and the pair made a go of things away from the show. They eventually split, but remained on good terms.
Mathew Lockett and Alycia Galbraith
These two seemed adorable from the moment they met, but unfortunately things soon took a downward turn. Alycia wanted to make it work with Mathew, but claimed that he had put her on a pedestal and was left devastated when he described her as being like a sister.
Ultimately, Mathew decided to walk away from their relationship and the show.
Jo McPharlin and Sean Donnelly
Jo was looking for her fairytale, and for a while she thought she had found it in Sean.
Sadly the feeling wasn't mutual and, despite sticking around and giving it a few attempts, they each decided that their marriage wasn't right. They left the experiment long before it came to an end.
Sean Holland and Susan Rowlings
Now we look back to season four.
These two seemed absolutely smitten with each other from the moment they laid eyes on each other. If we didn't believe in love at first sight, Sean and Susan did a pretty good job of convincing us otherwise.
He rode in on his horse, she was swept off her feet. But the fairytale started to crumble when the reality of their long-distance hit. Sean was a farm boy, Susan loved the city – can we make it any more obvious?
Mid-way through, after a sobering few days in a very remote part of Australia, Susan broached the heartbreaking subject of just remaining friends. Both the experts and audiences at home were devastated.
But when they still chose to remain in the experiment, there was a glimmer of hope, and after a little while longer the hurdle that was their different lifestyles seemed to shrink.
Sadly though, things didn't work out. According to each of their social media accounts, both Sean and Susan have moved on with their separate lives. In fact, Sean is now married to someone else.
Nadia Stamp and Anthony Manton
Perhaps the hardest couple to read, these two seemed to really hit it off sometimes, and then not so much in others.
Anthony was not afraid to voice his opinions, but Nadia held her own and even put him in his place during a very awkward dinner confrontation with fellow contestant Cheryl.
In the final days of the experiment Nadia started to voice more concerns, particularly when it came down to the idea of packing up her life and moving to live with Anthony. He was adamant that she would be the one that would need to make that change, due to his 'niche' work.
It was tricky to guess which way their vowel renewal was going to go, but as it turns out it didn't really matter because they split as soon as the cameras stopped filming. In fact, Nadia claimed that she was 'dropped like a hot cake' by Anthony once the show ended.
These days, Nadia is happily dating cricketer Glen Talarico and announced on Instagram that she's moved to be with him.
Simon McQuillan and Alene Khatcherian
Despite being not sure about an initial spark, Alene and Simon's personalities seemed to mesh from the get-go. Over time their bond got stronger - and a haircut, arranged by Alene during Married at First Sight's 'surrender date' only appeared to help them grow closer.
But Simon had some trouble opening up about his feelings, alluding to not wanting to get hurt and some recent loss in his life.
On their final decision day, Simon and Alene each read out their heartfelt vows and decided to stay together.
Fans of this couple will be sad to find out that they later decided it wouldn't work, each going their separate ways but remaining friends.
"Besides the distance, the different lifestyles and what he wants to do with his life and what kind of future he wants for himself, there was a huge difference there in the goals," Alene told OK! magazine in 2017 (via Daily Mail).
But, in happier news, one quick look at Simon's Instagram account confirms that the curls are back.
Sharon Marsh and Nick Furphy
Talk about fireworks!
From the moment they met, Sharon and Nick were bouncing off one another. They said the attraction was there, and the conversation flowed too.
Despite a few tiny setbacks (his past trips to the strip club and his party-boy ways), they seemed to go from strength-to-strength. Sharon had concerns about trust, due to being hurt in the past, but ultimately they each showed how committed they were and – of course! – decided to stay together on decision day.
In quite shocking news, Sharon and Nick didn't last that long after the show ended.
Talking to New Idea back then about her decision to end it, Sharon explained: "I love Nick, but after moving to Melbourne eight weeks ago to be with him, I soon realised that I'm not in love with him."
Michelle Marsh and Jesse Konstantinoff
Unlike her sister, Michelle did not seem taken with her new husband Jesse at first glance. Their wedding day seemed awkward and a little uncomfortable at times, in stark contrast to the couple they were sharing it with.
Their relationship seemed to move in the right direction on their honeymoon, but any romance then dampened when they returned and moved in together.
Michelle was uncomfortable to talk to Jesse about her feelings, and for a time he was convinced that all was going well. They each admitted to moving towards the friend-zone, but in the final days Jesse opened up about his true feelings and said he wanted to fight for a romantic relationship with Michelle.
Unfortunately, she failed to find the door that Jesse wanted to walk through with her and she decided to end their relationship. The pair were both keen to remain lifelong friends.
Andrew Hills and Vanessa Belvedere
One very shy introvert, and one very vocal extrovert, it looked for a minute that Andrew and Vanessa wouldn't be able to overcome their communication problems.
But after some advice from the show's experts, the pair gradually grew closer and it seemed that they were well on their way to falling head-over-heels.
In the final decision day ceremony, they each decided to stay married and take things forward beyond the show.
Sadly, it didn't end up lasting and the pair then broke up. "I was disappointed I left the show without someone. [But] we were just too different," Andy told OK! exclusively (via nowtolove.com/au) at the time.
He later revealed that the break-up had been "a mutual decision" and that there were no hard feelings between them.
After the Married at First Sight Australia finale originally aired, Vanessa went Instagram official with a new boyfriend (but kept his identity hidden).
Cheryl Maitland and Jonathan Troughton
We already know that this fell apart, long before the camera crews had packed up.
Despite not feeling an initial spark, Cheryl tried her best to give things a go with her then-husband Jonathan. But when she admitted that the attraction wasn't there at first, he seemed to give up on making effort and things went from bad to worse at the next group dinner.
Having swapped numbers with another wife in the experiment, Jonathan had clearly checked out. Cheryl wasn't willing to stick around after that, and their chapter as a couple was swiftly over...
Andrew Jones and Lauren Bran
Quite probably the shortest marriage in the show's history, Lauren left Andrew on their wedding night.
After their ceremony seemed to go well, they left the cameras behind to head back to their hotel. It was on their way back out to meet with the rest of their wedding party that Lauren took off into a cab and didn't return.
The pair hashed it out with the help of an expert, but ultimately decided they could not come back from it. Lauren left the experiment, and Andrew...
Cheryl Maitland and Andrew Jones
... matched with Cheryl!
After her marriage to Jonathan came to an abrupt end, she opened up to the experts about having felt a spark with Andrew during the group dinner. They had been seated next to each other, and the conversation certainly seemed to flow!
Agreeing that they could indeed be a match, the experts arranged a first date. Andrew and Cheryl really hit it off and, after a second date, decided to re-enter the experiment as a couple. They were not married, but moved in together and continued with the same steps as the other couples.
Unfortunately, their late start as a couple proved too much to overcome and things took a downward turn pretty quickly. Cheryl felt that Andrew didn't have her back, particularly during a boys night that included some negative discussion about her. As for Andrew, he didn't feel that Cheryl was fully interested in him.
Sadly the initial spark went out, and the pair ultimately decided to go their separate ways before the end of the experiment.
Cheryl has since found love away from the show, posting adorable loved-up snaps on social media.
Michael Tomic and Scarlett Cooper
Michael had very high expectations of his bride-to-be, practically handing the experts a 'shopping list' of what he was looking for. When Scarlett turned up beside him, he seemed pleased. For a while.
Unfortunately cracks started to form on their honeymoon, particularly after Michael came clean about his second job as a stripper (no judgement here, but probably should have told her earlier?).
The pair decided to move into the friend-zone, but there did seem to be a little bit of flirtatious mixed messaging going on – until they each decided to leave, alone.
John Robertson and Deborah Brosnan
It seemed quite clear from their first meeting that John and Deborah weren't quite on the same page. She wanted adventure and new experiences, he was comfortable being a family man.
The pair gave it a shot, but after a fairly disastrous honeymoon (which saw them moving into different rooms), they called it quits.
Married at First Sight Australia is airing on E4 in the UK.
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