'Married at First Sight' expert hits back at show criticism

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Charlene Douglas attends a private view of the Executions exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, opening Friday 14 October, exploring London's 700 year history of public punishment. Picture date: Wednesday October 12, 2022.
Charlene Douglas from 'Married at First Sight'. (PA)

Married at First Sight expert Charlene Douglas has hit back over criticism of the show.

Much of the criticism of the popular E4 show has been focussed on the lack of couples who stay together as a number of contestants recently split up, including Johnathan Wileman and Sophie Brown.

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Speaking to Metro, Douglas has responded to the negative reviews by saying: "For me, success isn't that they're together in a relationship. We know that there are people in relationships and although they have the status of being in a relationship, they are not happy and they are not the best versions of themselves."

'Married at First Sight' has been criticised for its lack of couples who stay together. (E4)
'Married at First Sight' has been criticised for its lack of couples who stay together. (E4)

She added: "For me, success is also that they've learned a lot about themselves, for example, Whitney has expressed that she's a lot more vulnerable and has found her voice."

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Douglas also said that relationship experts like her hope to improve the contestants' attitudes in relationships: "Johnathan, bless him, very innocently said things and didn't properly think about it. With feedback, the hope is that he can go away and think about it and be a bit more sensitive in future relationships. Just so he knows what he needs to do."

Pictured:  Adam and Tayah.
Adam and Tayah in 'Married at First Sight'. (E4)

Married at First Sight first started airing in the UK on Channel 4 in 2015 before moving to E4 in 2021 where it has been a big success.

On 14 March 2021, Owen and Michelle from Series 5 became the first couple to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary together.

The most recent season of the show featured two same-sex couples – one male and one female – in a first for the series.

Married at First Sight UK airs on E4 in the UK.

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