Saturday 3 December 2016

Married at First Sight couple have marriage annulled after 8 months

Published 30/10/2015 | 08:09

Split: Kate and Jason go their separate ways after three weeks
Split: Kate and Jason go their separate ways after three weeks

The couple who got married the very first time they laid eyes on each other for Channel 4 experiment 'Married at First Sight' have had their marriage annulled after eight months.

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Jason Knowles (34) and Kate Stewart (31) were strangers when they met and a judge has now accepted that Knowles "wilfully" refused to consummate the relationship.

A panel of experts matched Knowles, a financial advisor, and Stewart, a fitness instructor, from thousands of applications.  They also matched two other couples.

They married on February 22 and the show charted the first few weeks of their marriage as they moved in together and got to know each other.

Married at First Sight's Rev Nick Devenish, Dr Mark Coulsen and psychologist Jo Coker. Sitting: Anthropologists Dr Anna Machin and Dr Andrew Irving. Channel 4
Married at First Sight's Rev Nick Devenish, Dr Mark Coulsen and psychologist Jo Coker. Sitting: Anthropologists Dr Anna Machin and Dr Andrew Irving. Channel 4

However, it was soon clear that Knowles was not invested in the relationship as he cut their Irish honeymoon short to return to work in London.

His new wife then found his profile on dating website Tinder.

Stewart then applied for an annulment stating she would find it "intolerable" to live with Knowles who had "wilfully" refused to consummate the marriage.

Channel 4 described the show as a social experiment. Its panel included a Church of England vicar, a sex therapist, a psychologist and two anthropologists.

In an interview in July, Mr Knowles said: “I knew I wasn’t attracted to Kate from the beginning. She is a good-looking girl but after we married I didn’t find her that attractive,” he said.

“I don’t think we were a good match. I’ve no idea what she thought – we never spoke about it.”

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