A few weeks ago, we let slip that Channel 4’s Married at First Sight is one of our ultimate guilty pleasure shows. So much so that we had to check out where all of the couples from this year’s series of the UK show are now - and see how many of them decided to remain in their ‘scientifically-perfect’ sponsored_longforms.
But, while we were a tad underwhelmed by the results (only one couple from Married at First Sight 2016 are still… well, still married), it seems as if it does have some success stories; just check out Alex Garner and Zoe Hendrix.
The Melbourned-based duo met on the Aussie version of the show, which aired in 2015.
And now, just one year later, they’ve just announced that they’ve welcomed their first baby together, too.
Harper-Rose – whose name means, quite literally, ‘someone who plays the harp’ - was born on 14 November at 10:35pm.
Zoe announced the news on Instagram, writing: “HARPER-ROSE you are just too good to be true I could sit and stare at you for hours. You were well worth that wait my darling #2weeksoldtoday @alex_garner_”
However the birth was not without its difficulties; Zoe, who previously suffered a miscarriage, was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (a condition with causes severe morning sickness) during the pregnancy.
“I was in hospital for two days on a drip and was vomiting 30 times a day,” she told News.com.au.
Zoe also suffered pelvic problems during the pregnancy, which led to her baby being induced. Harper-Rose was born with the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck, but, luckily, she was born happy and healthy.
“Sitting here holding something so precious – that is a part of me, that is my blood – is something I've always dreamed of, and I will cherish it forever,” Zoe told Women’s Day.
Alex added: “She's stolen my heart in so many ways. I just feel like the luckiest man alive.”
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Alex, 30, and Zoe, 26, are the only couple from the 2015 series of Australia’s Married at First Sight to remain together.
Along with six other people, they found themselves matched up to their ‘perfect’ partner by dating experts. And, as the title of the show suggests, they met for the first time just moments before tying the knot.
And Alex and Zoe are definitely the exception, not the norm; no matter which country’s version of the show you look at, Married At First Sight (which is also made in the UK and the US), has never enjoyed a higher success rate than 25%. And that’s only taking into account the first six months, let alone the first six years of the relationship!
But, if you still fancy applying for the next series (and bear in mind that you can’t have been married before, or have any children), then send your name, phone number, age, location and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.