Just two weeks into the 2024 season, Woman's Day released photos of Jonathan McCullough and Ellie Dix enjoying a romantic trip to the beach together.
Following further investigation, fans have found photos of the couple attending Ellie's work Christmas party in December and proof-via-Instagram of the pair spending time together in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
Since the season is still so early in its airing fans are yet to learn if the couple's alleged relationship plays out on screens or if their connection developed post-filming.
Just a week prior to the news breaking, Ellie was asked by Yahoo Lifestyle if she ever had eyes for anyone else in the experiment.
“No, to be honest, my eyes were just on Ben,” she said. “And I'm just like, so grateful to have such a great match. We got along like a house on fire, so my eyes were not straying.”
The new pairing didn't come as a complete surprise to audiences, with both Ellie and Jonathan experiencing marital issues with their respective partners during the early episodes of the season.
Jono's on-screen wife Lauren spoke with The Kyle and Jackie O Show early on in the season, hinting towards the fact the couple were no longer together.
Speaking with the hosts, she revealed her new husband was "too nice" during the Honeymoon and they were missing "something" in their relationship.
"On paper, the experts got it right, he's everything I want, however, there's something on paper that you can't put into words."
The first week of the experiment saw Ellie and Ben discover their differing priorities for marriage, with the couple disagreeing on children and family plans.
By the time the second dinner party arrived, the couple had hit a rough patch in their relationship, with Ellie sharing with the group he had mimicked her and told her they weren't a match.
While Ben told the group he was only "feeling the pressure" of the experiment, many of the contestants and experts did not believe his vague answer.
“We don’t trust him and we have a feeling,” Sara warned. “There’s just a lot of things that don’t add up."
“I don’t buy Ben’s story at all,” said Jonathan, who stuck up for his now-partner.
"He keeps skipping around the point and it bugs me, he explained. "Ellie is lovely and I think he is batting way above his average. She seems to be willing to stick by him but I don’t think it will last.”
“She’s a lovely beautiful girl and I just don’t know why you would say that.”
At this stage neither Nine nor Ellie and Jonathan have commented on the latest rumours, so we'll have to wait a bit longer to learn any more details.