You would think a reality show where people marry strangers would have an abysmal success rate, but surprisingly, many of the cast of couples featured on Married at First Sight are still married! Since 2014, the show has matched and married 25 couples so far with the help of relationship experts. For some, it was love at first sight, for others it was a shocking wake-up call that they married a complete stranger — on TV, nonetheless!
Season 1 participant Jamie Otis, who married Doug Hehner, admits that marrying a stranger can be a tad awkward, but they managed to make it work. “I was not at all interested in my new husband,” she said in 2015. “He was nice enough but there was literally zero chemistry. No connection. To me that was a huge sign. I just assumed it’d never work out. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised by this process. I’m SO happy that I was able to be open-minded and I’m so thankful that the experts gave me my husband.”
Although it was a happy ending for Jamie and Doug, other couples have had a much more complicated experience, like Nick Pendergrast and Sonia Granados. During season 4, although the couple said they were attracted to each other when they first met at the altar, they lacked chemistry throughout the show. After several weeks of awkwardness, Nick finally blew up and told producers he “wasn’t attracted” to Sonia. Weirdly enough, despite the blow-up, the two managed to work it out and decided to stay married. However, after a couple of months, they later announced their divorce. But just three months after splitting, Nick announced he had a girlfriend and that she was pregnant with twins! Sonia was none too pleased. “While he was trying to ‘work’ things out with me, [he was] telling her different,” she wrote on Twitter. “Good luck to them both.” Ouch!
So who’s going to stay together on season 9 of Married at First Sight? We’ll have to keep watching to find out, but you can check in on all the other couples below. See what all the MAFS participants are up to today and find out where they are now.