Inside MAFS Australia's Jonathan and Ellie's relationship as they confirm romance at reunion

3 April 2024, 11:42

Ellie and Jono confirm their relationship to the group during the reunion dinner party
Ellie and Jono confirm their relationship to the group during the reunion dinner party. Picture: Channel Nine
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

Married At First Sight's Jono and Ellie - previously married to Lauren and Ben - will confirm their relationship when they walk into the reunion dinner party hand-in-hand.

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Jonathan McCullough, 39, and Ellie Dix, 32, have confirmed that they're now in a relationship following their time on Married At First Sight where they were married to different people.

The MAFS bride and groom were originally matched up with Lauren Dunn and Ben Walters on season 11 of the hit reality TV show, and while the groom denied there was anything behind the secret texts, the new couple will now reveal their romance to the group by walking into the reunion hand-in-hand.

From the previews of the reunion dinner party, this shock revelation does not go down with either Ben or Lauren, despite Ellie confessing at the dinner table that she is "so happy."

It was first confirmed that Ellie and Jonathan were an item last month when they were pictured kissing and holding hands on the beach. At the time, both the bride and groom could be seen working on their relationships on MAFS, ruining the ending of the series for many viewers.

Jono was matched with Lauren during MAFS, while Ellie wed Ben - two relationships which didn't work out
Jono was matched with Lauren during MAFS, while Ellie wed Ben - two relationships which didn't work out. Picture: Channel Nine

At the time these pictures came out, a source told the Daily Mail Australia how Jono and Ellie kept in contact after she split from Ben and left the experiment, something that comes to light in one of the commitment ceremonies.

A source told the publication: "Lauren had no idea that Jono kept in contact with Ellie and found out during filming, and boy was she not happy. She was completely gobsmacked and felt humiliated by the end - but everyone else is happy for them."

Lauren was shocked when it came to light that Jono had been texting Ellie during the experiment
Lauren was shocked when it came to light that Jono had been texting Ellie during the experiment. Picture: Channel Nine

As previously reported by So Dramatic!, the couple reveal their romance to the group by turning up to the reunion - which has already been filmed - together.

"Jono and Ellie maintained contact after she left the show, but the romance only escalated once Jono ended things with Lauren at the Final Vows. Their real-life meeting a few days later revealed an undeniable chemistry," a source told the publication.

More recently, Jono and Ellie appeared to confirm their romance is still going strong as they were pictured enjoying a walk together on the Gold Coast.

Ellie and Ben called time on their romance after weeks of issues
Ellie and Ben called time on their romance after weeks of issues. Picture: Channel Nine

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Ben - Ellie's former husband - was taken aback by the revelation that she had started a new relationship with Jono.

A source close to the show said: "Ben had a gut feeling that something was up. He wasn't surprised, more hurt because he genuinely had feelings for her. If the experiment was rigid in its rules, it wouldn't be real life, it'd be a game show."

They went on: "We basically say, 'Here are the parameters, the parameters are really wide and they reflect the real world'. We're not the morality police, we let those things happen because they happen in real life."

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While Lauren looks to be hurt by Ellie and Jono's relationship at the reunion, she has since admitted that she is happy the pair found love.

The 32-year-old spoke to Daily Mail Australia about the twosome saying: "I could not be happier for Jono. Me and him were forced to be together, we didn't choose each other, and we gave it our absolute all."

She went on to add: "I honestly I could not be happier that they found love, because Jono and I weren't in love."We didn't have that and they are great together. I couldn't [root for] them harder, to be honest."