Married At First Sight Australia has been quite the comforter during lockdown, with the sixth season of the high-drama reality TV show currently airing in the UK on E4, with Aussies currently tuning into Married At First Sight Australia season 8.
The series, based on the UK version, sees a bunch of singletons get matched up to potential suitors by relationship experts, only meeting for the first time as they say ‘I do.’
The Australian TV show goes a step further than any of the UK series so far, putting the couples through a series of challenges to see how far they can last. Of course, we have been TOTALLY hooked because there’s nothing like a pandemic to make us want to watch some dating chaos unfold in front of us.
One thing that has come to our attention though is actually the major difference between the UK and Australian versions. You see, it turns out that the cast marriages in Married At First Sight Australia are not actually legal. Yup.
The news has come to light after a publicist for the show spoke about it to Now To Love.
“In order to comply with the Australian Marriage Act (1961) which requires one month and one day notification, a marriage in law was not conducted,” they said. “Each participant embarked on a commitment ceremony with a wedding celebrant with all due intention to commit fully to this union for the duration of the experiment.
“At the end of the experiment, they are given the option to continue with the relationship or go their separate ways.”
To compare, couples taking part in the UK version of Married At First Sight do actually have a proper legal civil ceremony.
The news may well explain why some of the MAFS Aussie stars like Sam Ball and Ines Basic had an affair not long after their ‘marriages’ along with Dan Webb and Jessika Power who dumped their partners during the process.
Sam Ball actually recently opened up about his alleged ‘affair’ which was filmed in 2018. In an Instagram story, he revealed that his scandal with Ines was all scripted. “They pulled me into a dark room, a black room, and asked me to do the Ines thing. They set that up”, he said. Adding, “I didn’t sleep with Ines that night, that didn’t happen. I didn’t sleep with anyone on the show.” Sam said he went along with it as he viewed the work as an acting job. “I got paid to do this, by the way, I got paid to be on the show, just like everyone else.”
So, now we know. Not that it will stop our obsession with the show just yet…
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