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Married At First Sight’s best friendships to come out of the show prove it’s more than a series about love

The mateship success rate is only a little better.

By Faye Couros
Married At First Sight is a show about love and the sanctity of marriage.
But as we approach its ninth series, fans are aware that it's more of a social experiment than a love matching exercise.
While romance-seeking individuals go into their marriages in hopes of striking gold, they are also faced with the highs and lows of intense pressure-cooker friendships.
It's basically a show built for people to become incredibly close, then turn to enemies within weeks or even days.
After all, the contestants are navigating a new relationship, sharing that intimate experience with strangers and fighting for peace at a dramatic cocktail party every week.
MAFS has an infamously low relationship success rate, and at the time of writing, only five couples are still together.
As for friendship, the tally isn't faring much better if you calculate every fallout that has taken place publicly, during and after filming.
But a true friendship can warm our hearts as much as seeing two people in love can, so we've rounded up the former MAFS contestants who have maintained their platonic bonds.

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