MAFS 2023: Are Shannon and Caitlin still together?

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Married At First Sight season 10 is officially one of the most dramatic yet. Despite the relatively smooth sailings of the first week, things are getting more chaotic with each passing episode. 

While Shannon and Caitlin may have had a smooth wedding day, nothing could prepare viewers for how their relationship would unfold. 

Confessions Week

The experts warned that Shannon could lack empathy at times, and boy were they right. During the photo ranking task, he had no problem in explaining why he didn’t find Caitlin the most attractive of the cast.

“I haven’t seen these girls without makeup…but I have seen you without makeup,” he told a shocked Caitlin. Things went from bad to worse when he revealed he thought Melinda was the most attractive as she was the one “who would impress your mates,” and told Caitlin other women in the competition’s “natural beauty shines more than yours.” 

After the truly painful confession week task, Caitlin proceeded to hear Shannon on the phone with his ex-fiancee, who he shares a very long and tumultuous relationship with. When asked about their relationship, Shannon broke down, revealing that he was stuck in a toxic cycle and admitting he still loved his ex, with whom he shares a child with. 

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Stuck in the past

The first commitment ceremony saw the experts deliver some hard truths for Shannon, telling him his actions were not ok. Whilst the pair chose to stay another week, it seems like Shannon just couldn’t get over his feelings for his ex (who he was intimate with up until the week he joined the experiment – eek).

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Intimacy Week 

Whilst things were initially getting back on track, Shannon’s real colours shone through during intimacy week when he felt the need to share with Caitlin how unattracted he was to her. 

“That physical attraction – I don’t know if it’s there,” he explained bluntly. “I still want to try, but can you be in a relationship with someone that you have doubts that you’re attracted to? They’re really nice, they’re really lovely, but if you’re not physically attracted to them… I don’t know.”

“The attraction’s low,” he explained to Caitlin. “You are a good-looking girl – just not in my eyes.” 

If you thought it couldn’t get worse, think again. Shannon then went on to blame the lack of physical chemistry for why he was *still* thinking about his ex. 

“I thought you would come down that aisle and completely blow me away,” he told a (rightfully) shocked Caitlin, explaining that he wouldn’t even have contemplated thinking about his ex, had his bride been more suited to his tastes. 

“You don’t need to love me, you don’t even need to like me. But you do need to respect me because I am a brilliant person, I’m amazing. It’s a privilege to be in this experiment with me,” Caitlin shot back, before leaving the apartment.

“I deserve better.” 

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The end of the experiment

By the second commitment ceremony, it was clear Caitlin and Shannon’s relationship was irreparable. 

Well, to everyone except Shannon, it seems – who despite repeatedly degrading Caitlin, opted to stay another week in the experiment. 

But after he was unable to explain to Caitlin and the judges how he was planning to fix the damage – the experts allowed Caitlin to exit the experiment. 

Married At First Sight Australia airs Monday to Wednesday, 7:30pm, and Sunday, 7pm, on Nine Network and 9Now.

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