Married At First Sight bride Emma Rathbone has blamed the show for ‘keeping her single’ as she tries to regain her love life after her split.
Emma tied the knot with James Ord-Hume in the first UK series of the show in 2014, only meeting him for the first time at the altar as they said their vows.
After eight-and-a-half months, the pair called time on their marriage, but have yet to finish the paperwork to finalise their divorce.
But Emma has now said she can’t move on from the show – which is now available to stream at any point – and that it means she can’t find a new man.
Speaking to the Mail Online, she said: ‘A lot of men have been put off when they find out.
There’s definitely a stigma there and some have refused to meet me after they’ve found out.’
‘Sometimes I feel I can’t win,’ Emma continued. ‘If I am open about it, some men don’t give me a chance, but keeping it secret until further down the line can be damaging too.
‘I had no idea about the long-term effects. When you are taking part, you are not thinking about ten years down the line.’
There have been no successful, lasting marriages so far from the Married At First Sight experiment, which is now in its sixth series.
The show pairs up each couple by putting them through a rigorous personality test, psychological assessment and DNA test, claiming science holds the key to their soulmate.
But Emma admitted that just a few months into their marriage, the cracks began to show as they realised their differences just weren’t compatible.
In 2016, she declared there was simply ‘no formula for attraction’, and told Closer Magazine: ‘There wasn’t a big showdown, we just wanted different things. For example, I really love travelling but he doesn’t.
‘And although I loved the house we lived in together, it was stressful moving in with someone I’d just met.
‘I think the experts could have been more supportive after we got married because we didn’t really understand why we had been matched.’
Married At First Sight UK airs Tuesdays at 9.15pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.