Married at First Sight: do they really get married and 28 other secrets from the show

So they meet at the alter... for the first time, but what really goes on behind the scenes?

married at first sight do they really get married

by Asher Brandon |

If you've watched Married at First Sight we're sure some of the questions you've thought of are; how many couples are still together? What's the application process? And do they get paid?

Well, we've done the research for you because it can be difficult to believe that the show is real. But Married at First Sight (hereby known as MAFS) is precisely what it says on the tin.

After meticulous analysis by a team of specialists including chemists, life coaches and religious figures, two strangers are thrust together to meet for the first time at the alter, matched based on things like their family values, IQ and long term ambitions (as well as more sciency stuff, like pheremones).

So what have several series of this bizarre show (not to mention a wildly successful Aussie spin-off) taught us about love by numbers?

Well, essentially that it doesn't work. None of the UK couples from seasons 1, 2, 3 or have made it past the year mark. The Aussie couples on the other hand... well, let's just say there's some little MAFS bubbas toddling around.

What else didn't you know about MAFS?

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A LOT of people applied to take part in Married at First Sight 2016.Over 1,500 people applied to take part in the first series, but experts whittled them down to just three couples.

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Married At First Sight UK returned to our screens last year for a brand new series. It was very different from the format we were used to however, as it had been given a dramatic shake-up in the wake of the huge success of the Australian edition. Much like the Down Under series, couples met their partners for the first time at the altar before jetting off on their honeymoon and moving in together with the rest of the couples.

Their relationships were then put to the test at weekly dinner parties and regular commitment ceremonies. And it's fair to say this brought with it its fair share of DRAMA. I mean we have the series to thank for introducing us to Nikita Jasmine who was axed from the show after breaching code of conduct.

A Married At First Sight spokesperson confirmed that Nikita had been removed from the process in a statement. They said, “The wellbeing of cast and crew is our utmost priority at all times throughout production and beyond.

“During filming, a situation escalated off camera and Nikita displayed a level of aggression that was unacceptable and breached our agreed code of conduct on behaviour. As a result, she was asked to leave the experiment. All involved have been offered support and Nikita has since apologised and resolved the situation with those involved."

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Over the years we've had high hopes for some of the couples.

Series 1's Emma Rathbone and James Ord-Hume looked set to go the distance and lasted nearly a year after filming wrapped, and Adam and Caroline even bought a bunny rabbit together – awh.

But not really, because they split in January 2017, after just eight months together.

The show's most notorious villain has been Ben Jardine, who despite the sizzling chemistry 'cheated' on his new wife Stephanie within months and then went on to enter the Celeb Big Brother house. During his time on CBB he appeared to cheat on his pregnant girlfriend with Roxanne Pallett.

He's now inexplicably good friends with Lizzie Cundy, so we're glad that's worked out for him.

But how did the couples from last years series fair in the long run?

What happened to Adam and Tayah?

One of he standout couples from last year's series was Adam and Tayah. Honestly the experts were on it with this couple. The chemistry between them was undeniable from the get go, and on top of this they both seemed like they were at a place in life where they were ready to settle down and start a family.

Well it seems this desire has come to fruition with the recent news that Adam and Tayah are expecting a child together. Talking to OK! Magazine about the amazing news Tayah said, "I thought it would happen and it did! We're so excited. And the thing is we weren't even trying! It just happened. I can't believe it."

She then talked about Adam's reaction saying, "it was a Clearblue test so it said 'Pregnant' and Adam went, 'Well, what does this mean?' And I said, 'What do you think? It says pregnant!' It was a good reaction."

She added, "We both said we wanted to be young parents, so we're so happy it's happened."

Adam and Tayah announced the news in a shared post on Instagram. They posted a picture of them both with Tayah showing off her pregnancy belly, with the caption, "the news is finally out and I still can’t quite believe I’m typing this but we’re having a baby 🥺🥺."

Their followers were quick to comment. MAFS UK love guru Paul Carrick Brunson wrote, "one thing no one can doubt is that your child will know what love is ❤️". Awww that is honestly the sweetest thing we've ever heard.

Another person commented, "Oh Tayah!! Many many massive congratulations to you both, darling… so so so happy for you!"

This news follows Adam and Tayah's recent celebration of their one year anniversary. They similarly shared the news on Instagram. Tayah posted two pictures of the couple on their wedding day with the caption, "One whole year of me and you ❤️."

As with their pregnancy announcement Tayah's followers were quick to congratulate the couple. One wrote, "best couple ❤️ Happy anniversary x."

Adam also shared pictures from their wedding to mark the special occasion. He captioned the post, "Happy anniversary @tayahvictoria The day our life’s changed forever! ❤️."

It's great to hear things are still going strong, with the pair now expecting their child (who will be the first MAFS UK baby).

What happened to Matt and Daniel?

As with Adam and Tayah, Matt and Daniel were fan favourites on last year's series of MAFS UK and for good reason. They had instant, undeniable chemistry and were one of the few couples to say "I love you."

Matt and Daniel finished the series as a couple, but what has become of them and their relationship since they left the show?

Well much to the relief of the couple's stand Matt and Daniel are still together and are going strong. As with Adam and Tayah they recently celebrated their first anniversary. They shared the incredible news in a joint post on Instagram. they included the caption, "one year ago today we met each other and what an incredible year it has been ❤️👬💍."

Their followers were quick to congratulate the couple in the comment section. Tayah commented, "love you guys ❤️ happy anniversary you beauts xx."

Marilyse Elena Corrigan, another of their MAFS costars, commented, "awww congratulations guys and happy anniversary. You are a match made in heaven 😍 absolutely ❤️."

It's great to hear that both Matt and Daniel and Adam and Tayah's relationships have not just continued but thrived since they left the show. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for both couples.

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