Where Are the ‘Married at First Sight’ Couples Now?

The reality TV series was called an, "extreme social experiment."

ByABC News
September 11, 2014, 8:41 AM
Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis, Monet Bell and Vaughn Copeland, and Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix are seen from the FYI show, "Married at First Sight".
Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis, Monet Bell and Vaughn Copeland, and Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix are seen from the FYI show, "Married at First Sight".

— -- “Married at First Sight” broke new ground in reality TV when it debuted this summer, allowing four self-proclaimed love experts to pair up six singles -- three men and three women -- who agreed to say “I do” without ever meeting until that long walk down the aisle.

The FYI reality series then documented each couple for the next five weeks as they ultimately made the big decision to divorce or stay together.

So how did this social experiment -- which its critics said made a mockery of marriage -- turn out?

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ABC News’ Linsey Davis sat down with two of the three couples Monday in New York City.

“We've had some pretty in-depth talks and the whole experiment makes you do things backwards,” said Doug, a 31-year-old from Howell, N.J., who chose to stay married to his partner, Jamie.

“You're talking about your finances and debts sitting at the wedding table,” he said. “All those important conversations, and we had to go through a lot, which brought us even closer together."

Jamie, a 27-year-old labor and delivery nurse from New York City, says she chose to stay married to Doug even though, for her, it was not love at first sight.

“I wasn't attracted to him initially,” she said. “I felt like this was just an absolute crazy idea."

Jason, a 27-year-old EMT and firefighter trainee from Brooklyn, and Cortney, a 26-year-old makeup artist who moved from North Carolina to New York City, also chose to stay married.

The lone “Married at First Sight” couple who chose divorce over marriage –- Vaughn and Monet -- say they found that they did not have the right chemistry in their relationship.

“It was just a bad match,” said Monet, a 33-year-old product development manager in New York City. “I learned that you need love.”

“I think if Vaughn and I had been dating and loved each other and had emotional attachments to each other, a lot of the things that bothered us about each other wouldn't have been as big as they turned out to be."

“I would say the last 6 months or so were a little rough,” added Vaughn, a field service technician from Long Island, N.Y.

Despite the show’s mixed results, all three couples say that they were truly in it to find love, not to become stars.

“If that's the case we would have been more focused on trying to build entertainment careers,” said Monet.

“This isn't about reality fame,” said Jamie. “It's about finding true love and marriage and that happily ever after."

"We're all nuts for doing this, I agree,” said Doug. “It is a reality show but it is also kind of a documentary in a sense, where they didn't tell us what to do or say."

"We knew what the end result was, which was actually the getting married,” he said.

The three couples will appear together again in the two-hour reunion special, “Married at First Sight: Six Months Later,” airing Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. on FYI.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Disney/ABC Television Group is a part owner of the A&E Network, which oversees FYI.