Whilst we all know John Aiken for dishing out relationship advice on Married at First Sight, little is known about his own marriage to Kelly Swanson-Roe. Although the track-record for couples lasting on MAFS is pretty… dire… he has been with his wife for 14 years now.
The story of the pair meeting comes after tragic circumstances. Swanson-Roe lost her first husband, Jon Roe, when he was killed – along with 20 others – at the age of 30 in a canyoning accident in Switzerland. The couple had only been married for three years.
Swanson-Roe, who was 24 years old when her husband passed away, is a former journalist and TV presenter – it was on television that Aiken first saw her.
When the pair met, Swanson-Roe was still grieving from her loss. Aiken revealed in an interview with 9honey, that when their romance began, he decided to “embrace” her heartbreaking past.
“Rather than saying, ‘No, I need to be separate with Kelly,’ I just said, ‘I’m going to bring her past partner into the relationship and really make him a part of it all.’
“And that really changed everything.”
The couple have been together for 14 years and have lived in Australia for the past 10.