Over three series of Channel 4’s Married At First Sight, few couples decide to stay together after the final episode.

The radical reality TV experiment follows a group of people matched by experts through rigorous psychological and biological tests.

Once a match is found, the first time the new love hopefuls meet each other is at the altar. Then, the process leading to a full-blown marriage is just six weeks.

In the penultimate episode of series three,  we caught up with Benjamin and Stephanie who, five weeks after meeting and 11 weeks since the experiment began, were forced into deciding whether they wanted a divorce or to stay together.

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Having shared an unbelievable amount of chemistry on their wedding day, it was a rollercoaster ride for the couple, not least with Ben disappearing to Portugal.

Honeymoon ticked off, the loved-up duo moved into a rented apartment in Clapham, only for barriers to break down over communication.

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

It appeared that Ben was still on “single time” as he disappeared to Portugal for two days with a work deal.

The millionaire property owner sent his wife a text saying “Babe, I’m safe, I’m in Portugal” although this was once he had landed, smothered himself in tanning oil and found himself an idyllic sunbathing spot at the beach.

Screen Shot: BEN is away - Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: BEN is away – Married At First Sight, C4

Ben went on to admit that because his wife was “110% into the marriage” it was “scaring him”.

The scenes leading up to the final decision were tense with footage leaning towards a breakup.

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Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Steph broke down in tears and confessed that she was struggling to find a way to break through to Ben and make the relationship work.

She confronted her hubby: “You loved the affection I gave you at first, and then you strongly didn’t like the affection I gave you. Tell me what I need to do to make this work.”

However, as the episode drew to a close, Ben snatched at his wife’s hand and said that he wanted to stay married to her.

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Catchup footage weeks later painted an even more romantic picture of the couple, as they laughed and flirted in the kitchen together.

They even hit the stage of using the love word – n’aww.

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

Screen Shot: Married At First Sight, C4

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