Here’s a fun fact about Married At First Sight to get you hyped for the new season, which premieres on Channel Nine tonight: out of 59 couples from the show (not including ‘wife swaps’ or people who got together after filming), only three remain together.
THREE. Three couples over seven seasons. 3/59 makes for a pitiful percentage.
And even if we did include wife swaps, like Jessika Power and Dan Webb, and people who got together later, like Carly Bowyer and Troy Delmege or KC Osborne and Michael Goonan, that total is still three.
I’m no statistician, but I’m starting to think that our experts – John Aiken, Mel Schilling and former experts, Sabina Read and Trisha Stratford – are shit at matchmaking.
Still, I guess we can celebrate the THREE couples who have somehow managed to survive in the real world.
Erin and Bryce, season two
You are straight-up lying if you say you can remember season two of Married At First Sight, which aired in 2016. You can’t. Sorry.
But there was one success story from that season: Erin Bateman and Bryce Mohr. They celebrated a whopping five years together in November 2020. They happily live together in Melbourne and rarely post, a novel concept.
“The Bryce I got the day that I met him is the Bryce I have today,” Erin told fellow MAFS alum Bella Frizza on Bella’s podcast The D&M in 2018. “He hasn’t changed at all. He is exactly who he is, and I’d like to think he feels the same about me.”
That’s love, baby.
Jules and Cam, season six
Season six’s Jules Robinson and Cam Merchant are the poster couple for the Married At First Sight franchise. Cam proposed at the end of the 2019 season during the final vows, before they got married FOR REAL in November 2019, with the ceremony airing on A Current Affair. Their MAFS baby, little Oliver, was born in October last year.
“I feel a lot of people were really invested in our relationship,” Jules told Stellar in early 2020. “People still message me to this day and say we gave them hope that they will find their ‘one’. That’s so heartwarming and is why, obviously, we did our wedding on TV.”
Cam and Jules are rumoured to be so famous and busy with bubba, they couldn’t make this month’s MAFS reunion (they apparently wanted $50K), and tbh, we’re happy for them. Know your worth. Post your happy couple pics to the ‘Gram.
Martha and Michael, season six
Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli, also from season six, are happily coupled up too, having celebrated their two-year anniversary in September. While they used to live together in Melbourne, they moved up to Sydney in February 2020.
Martha told Now To Love earlier this year that people are drawn to their authenticity as a couple. “It’s not different from what is going on in everyone else’s apartments. We fight about the same dumb things that other couples fight about. We’re not special.”
While they did share text messages in April last year that seemed to hint at a breakup, it was quickly revealed it was just a stunt to promote their endorsement deal with telco Circles Life Australia. Then, when Martha was announced for Celebrity Apprentice in October and copped the scorn of trolls online, Michael jumped to her defence, calling them bullies and the “the saddest, lowest form of humans in Australia”.
So it is possible to find lasting love on MAFS. Maybe it’s not as likely as on say, The Bachelor, but it’s more than nothing?
Let’s hope the experts, this year with sexologist Alessandra Rampolla replacing horny Trish, do a better job for season eight.