At the final Commitment Ceremony on March 20, Al wrote "leave" and left the ball in Sam's court to decide if they would stay or go - after she'd tried to go home the two previous weeks before.
"I did want to be more than friends," Al admitted to the experts.
"Sam has been such an amazing wife and I still really care about her, but I've really got to be mature and consider where Sam's feelings are at. I guess we've got to go our separate ways."
"Keep the shoey for the second date maybe," Sam told Al, after affectionately telling him he would find someone amazing.
It was a far cry from the previous Commitment Ceremony, where Sam snapped at him for writing down "stay" and said "this isn't the Al show."
On Instagram, Sam then took a swipe at Al in the caption of her photos from the Commitment Ceremony.
"When you're 100% sure this is your last MAFS Commitment Ceremony but then you end up having to stay for his personal growth," Sam captioned the carousel.
Of his MAFS journey, Al tells Nine that he's glad he went on the show even if he didn't find love.
"After coming out of the experiment, I do feel confident that I will be a great husband one day," he tells the publication.
"I've grown as a person in this experiment."
"The journey on the show was probably the best thing I've ever done in my life,' he said. "I've cherished every single moment of it. If I'm gonna be honest I didn't want to leave. I loved it there."
But things picked back up the following week, with the couple ditching homestays and enjoying time together in Sydney so they could exit the experiment on better terms.
"I was big time blindsided when she wrote leave the first at the commitment ceremony," Al tells our sister site Now To Love. "But I was pretty certain she was going to write leave the most recent time."
Al told the publication he has no regrets about choosing to stay on for another week so the pair could "end on a nice note" following the breakdown of their relationship.
"We went on a really nice [snorkelling] date and that was a step in the right direction, otherwise if we did leave we would've left on a really bad note," he says.
"I wanted to make sure we kept going and steer us in the right direction. Sam and I are really tight now, everything is really good. It's changed me for the better. I'm glad everything that happened has happened."
The couple were not following each other on Instagram prior to MAFS starting - which was a bit of a red flag. The participant's accounts are currently being run by Nine Networkrepresentatives and, once it was realised that stars like Sam and Al weren't following each other, they have since hit that follow button on all accounts so that it was less obvious.
On SportsBet, Sam and Al were predicted to leave at one of the Commitment Ceremonies prior to the Final Vows. The predictions are often seen as a sign of "leaked" intel from someone close to the show, but they can change throughout the season as new details emerge. In this case, it turned out to be true!
Al was spotted wearing is wedding ring on a night out with co-stars, which seemed promising, but that could have been just for fun. At the very least, we're glad Al has left in a solid friendship group - which you can read more about here.
Married At First Sight Australia airs Monday to Wednesday, 7:30pm, and Sunday, 7pm, on Nine Network and 9Now.
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