Married At First Sight New Zealand’s Jordan Dare and Anna Saxton have called time on their romance, four days after the finale episode aired.
The couple took to their respective Instagram accounts on Friday to announce the shock news, with the groom admitting to falling out of love with Anna once the show ended.
Anna, 25, previously confessed to having made a sex tape with a former boyfriend that was shared with his friends, without her consent.
Married At First Sight couple’s shock SPLIT: Groom confessed to falling out of love after filming the show and says ‘it’s not a feeling you can hide’. Pictured: Jordan Dare and Anna Saxton
In a lengthy Instagram post, Jordan, 26, spoke about falling out of love with Anna in the space of just a few weeks.
‘Since the show finished filming, myself and Anna spent as much time together as possible, giving our long-distance relationship its best chance and we were in contact every day,’ he wrote.
‘Nothing happened or dramatically changed in our relationship, but the only downside to spending 24/7 with someone from the first meeting, trying to make a relationship work is when you have to spend time apart.’
Friendship: Taking to Instagram on Friday, just four days after the finale episode of MAFS New Zealand aired, Jordan, 26, said he realised his feelings for Anna were platonic
Jordan explained that in time, he realised that his feelings for Anna were platonic.
‘I truly will have a friend for life in Anna, but if you realise you are not in love with someone, it is not a feeling you can hide,’ he wrote.
Jordan went on to describe the social experiment as an ‘amazing experience’ and ‘couldn’t have dreamed of being matched with a better partner’.
Mental health: Anna, 25, shared her own lengthy post to Instagram, where she also revealed her struggles with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts
Space: The singer-songwriter also said she needs ‘some time to process the experiment, the show, her break-up and cyber bullying from trolls
In Anna’s break-up post, she also revealed her struggles with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
‘Post show, I have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and have had suicidal thoughts,’ she wrote. ‘I have been working through it with the support of close friends and family, Warner Bros, counselors and my doctor.’
Referring to their split, the singer-songwriter said: ‘He (Jordan) had to do what was best for him.
‘I think when you give your heart away, you never really get it all back, so I still and always will have a lot of love, respect and support for Jordan in everything he does and I only wish him happiness for his future.’
Confession: Prior to starring on the show this year, Anna confessed to Jordan and their families of having made a sex tape with a former boyfriend that was shared without her consent
Anna went on to say that she’s taking a break from social media, and needs ‘some time to process the show, break-up, and cyber bullying from trolls.
Just last week, the former couple told Now To Love New Zealand that they were planning on moving in together, and even spoke about starting a family.
‘We’ve had that chat, I ideally want to have kids by 30 so we’ve got a couple of years to practice,’ Jordan said.
‘We’re both completely on the same page about that,’ Anna added.
Controversial: The social experiment sees strangers agree to ‘wed’ in a non legally-binding ceremony. By the end of the series, they decide whether or not to stay together
Prior to starring on the show, Anna confessed to Jordan and their families that she was dating a man who she filmed a sex tape with. He later shared the tape with his friends.
‘I don’t regret [making a sex tape], but I do regret putting my trust in the wrong person,’ she told Stuff in August.
Anna is unaware who has seen the footage or where it might end up, so she decided to preemptively warn her family about the tape’s existence.
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Going strong: Some MAFS couples have managed to weather a few storms, and are still together. Pictured: Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant from Married At First Sight Australia