Married At First Sight's Alene shares the reasons behind her "difficult" split from Simon.

Simon and Alene. Alene and Simon. Reality TV’s most mismatched golden couple to ever grace our screens.

When nurse Alene Khatcherian and truck parts manufacturer Simon McQuillan (and his glorious mop of hair – may it rest in peace) first met on screen at their wedding we were immediately on the couple’s side.

They were the sun shining through the dark clouds as almost every other couple on the latest season of Married at First Sight seemed doomed with drama.

But MAFS ended and, in earth-shattering news that is of no consequence except for maybe two people – Simon and Alene, the relationship was over before we could even start our dedicated fan pages.

AND THEN they had the nerve to play with our feelings once again, and posted an Instagram together in June that got our hopes up before quickly stomping on and crushing said hopes.

Okay, sure, we care way too much. But still.

Having stayed quite private about the split, the 31-year-old Sydney nurse has finally opened up about the breakup with her Queensland screen ‘hubby’, and why it didn’t work.

“[Fans] ask me if Simon and I are still together,” she told OK! Magazine.


She said it wasn’t an “easy decision”, and while distance played a factor in the split, it wasn’t the only reason.

“Besides the distance, the different lifestyles and what he wants to do with his life and what kind of future he wants for himself, there was a huge difference there in the goals,” Alene explained.

“So we knew that someone had to sacrifice and we reached a stage where we were like, ‘Let’s be honest, someone is not going to be happy eventually.'”

“We were like, ‘Let’s stay friends,'” she admitted. “We tried… we came to the conclusion that it was hard and that it was best to part ways while we are still friends and don’t hate each other.”

Despite deciding to go their separate ways, Alene said the pair still keep in touch.

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“We text each other,” she said.

Like us, you’re probably thinking, THERE’S A CHANCE. But no, a reunion between the pair is out of the question.

“That’s all in the past,” Alene said. “And now that we’ve had the break from each other, we’ve both realised and understand that it would have been really hard for it to work, only because of the different lifestyles. Now we can see it would have been hard.”

Alene is “open and ready” to love, however, and said the “right person will come at the right time”. That right person just isn’t… Simon.