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Fans Are Only Just Finding Out Married At First Sight Australia Marriages Aren't Actually Legal

Fans Are Only Just Finding Out Married At First Sight Australia Marriages Aren't Actually Legal

Married At First Sight Australia has had us all hooked this lockdown, with the sixth season of the Aussie show currently airing in the UK on E4.

The show sees experts match a bunch of single individuals with a complete stranger, who they meet for the first time when they walk down the aisle - which sounds a bit bonkers, right?

Married At First Sight's weddings weren't official (Credit: Channel Nine)
Married At First Sight's weddings weren't official (Credit: Channel Nine)

We thought so, too. That is, until we learnt that the stars' nuptials aren't actually legal.

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A representative for the show was recently quizzed on about the legalities of the weddings, and admitted that all was not as it seemed.

"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 told Now To Love.

The Australian MAFS weddings looked legit on the show (Credit: Channel Nine)
The Australian MAFS weddings looked legit on the show (Credit: Channel Nine)

"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.

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"At the end of the experiment, they are given the option to continue with the relationship or go their separate ways."

Everything we thought we knew is a lie!

Ines set her sights on Elizabeth's husband Sam (Credit: Channel Nine)
Ines set her sights on Elizabeth's husband Sam (Credit: Channel Nine)

The fact the weddings aren't legal might well explain why Ines Basic and Sam Ball somehow thought it was okay to have an affair during filming, and Jessika Power and Dan Webb followed suit later in the series, ditching their respective partners mid-way through the experiment.

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It also explains why so many couples don't make it in the real world once the show is over. After all, there are no messy divorces needed!

We won't give away any spoilers, but there are only two couples that actually made it long-term when the cameras stopped rolling.

You can check out a full run through of the cast-mates and where they are now here.

Featured Image Credit: Channel Nine

Topics: Married At First Sight Australia, TV News, TV Entertainment

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