Apparently it is possible to discover love on a TV show that isn’t The Bachelor franchise. You don’t even have to do the extreme and marry a stranger like on Married At First Sight.
You just might have to live on an isolated island for 55 days in Samoa as a castaway — yes, that means scavenging for food, finding shelter to sleep, trying to keep somewhat hygienic — to find that special someone just like Lee Carseldine, 41, and El Rowland, 33, did last year.
One year on from meeting on Australia Survivor, the show’s favourites are still very much together, sharing a home with three sons between them.
The pair, who were retrospective first and second runner-ups to winner Kristie Bennett, told News Corp they live together in Brisbane.
“There are challenges, we have a blended family, but it’s been going really well,” Carseldine said.
Neither Carseldine nor Rowland expected to meet someone on the show.
“It was the last thing on my mind, meeting someone on the Island,” Carseldine said. “But I guess the stars aligned and we have a great connection.”
Still very much in love, the strong bond they formed on the island however didn’t mean the couple faced no challenges post-survivor world.
“It was the last thing on my mind, meeting someone on the Island,” he explained. “But I guess the stars aligned and we have a great connection.”