Married At First Sight stars Shona Manderson and Matt Pilmoor have confirmed their secret relationship, after meeting on the show.
The duo tied the knot with Brad Skelly and Adrienne Naylor on the show, however their respective romances both ended leading to their union.
Speaking to OK!, Shona, who was ejected from the experiment due to the toxicity of her marriage, delightedly revealed: ‘We have a really healthy, happy, safe, fun, relationship – I really appreciate Matt, it’s what I deserve, we deserve each other’.
Matt admitted they ‘had to be so careful’ to keep their romance secret and while it would have been ‘incredible’ to be paired together from the start, he conceded: ‘I think it happened this way around for a purpose.’
Shona went on: ‘I’m proud to be his girlfriend and it just works. Matt would be driving and I would be in the back, we would be walking around Nottingham and I’d be all the way over there, we were like secret agents on a mission’.
Matt added: ‘We had to do it, we had to be so careful…
We had to do what we had to do, my experience was good but we were meant to go on those journeys to find each other … Being together from the start would have been incredible but I think it happened this way around for a purpose.’
Last month, Shona appeared on the ‘It’s Not You, It’s Them, But It Might Be You’ podcast with LalalaletMeExplain. She told the dating expert about some of Brad’s behaviour that wasn’t shown on the Channel 4 show.
Shona started by saying: ‘So majority of Bradley’s inexcusable behaviour actually happened off camera and there was an incident after our third dinner party which then resulted in the experts intervening and choosing to send us home…
‘And I won’t share the details because it’s just too much. It’s too much for me to go into. But something I am happy to share with you is an example of something that didn’t make the edit, but it happened in front of people…
‘We were at a second CC and my friend, Laura in the cast, has just been called a gold digger by another cast member, luke.
‘And a little bit of context, Bradley throughout the experiment, he’s done TV before. So he kept being like “don’t do this, don’t do that, I’m getting annoyed that you’re not listening to me and don’t rise to drama. We don’t rise to drama…
‘Your yoga vibes and meditation vibes”, blah, blah, blah. And I’m sat there and my heart’s going for Laura and I’m thinking I want to stick up for about hate confrontation, anyway, I do. And as soon as I do, Bradley, let’s go off my hand…
‘And he goes. “What the eff are you doing?” And I just freeze and I come like a deer in the headlights you see it in the edit and I kind of like stumble on my words, my argument is rubbish.’
An emotional Shona added: ‘I feel really embarrassed. And then he just goes “well done, you made a complete c*** out of yourself there”…
‘And I’m just sat there. “Bradley, you can’t talk to me like that.” I run to the toilet, have a massive panic attack and I have to sit on the couch.’
Matt meanwhile clashed with Adrienne with their contrasting views on children – with the former wanting to have kids and the latter not.
In the final week of the experiment when the topic of starting a family was brought up as Matt, 29, said: ‘Is there a reason why we shouldn’t work on the outside? We want to travel, we want to do bits and bobs. I would one day like to have kids.’
Getting serious, Adrienne replied: ‘I think we are in an amazing place and I think the world of you.
‘But it does worry me that you do want kids. I’ve always said ‘don’t want them’. And I’ve never met anybody that’s made me want to change that answer.’ Looking disappointed, Matt replied: ‘Ummm… do you think that it could be changed?’