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A comprehensive guide to which ex-reality TV contestants are dating each other.

Dating, as an ex-reality TV show contestant, is a lot like being in high school.

Remember how your ~crushes~ would rarely stray from your central group of friends, meaning a lot of the time… you and your friends would end up liking the same people?

Well, in reality TV world, it’s much the same. Only they have bank accounts and it’s more than just holding hands at the movies with a cheeky kiss behind the sports equipment shed.

While you’d think that once someone fails at finding love on a TV show, they’re released back into the wild to snap up a regular, non-reality TV person, it seems that’s not quite how it works.

No matter which reality TV show or season they appeared on, ex-contestants always find each other, seemingly by chance.

And with the reality TV dating pool running pretty deep given the many seasons of MAFS, The Bachelor and now Love Island we’ve churned through, it’s only happening more and more in recent times.

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Behold, six times ex-reality contestants found love with each other through what we can only assume is a weekly cross-network-dating show mixer hosted by Osher and John Aiken.

1. Mick Gould from MAFS and Kayla from The Bachelor.

 

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Soon after the most dramatic season of MAFS in history wrapped earlier this year, Mick Gould, 32, was spotted kissing another Australian reality star in a Sydney park.

It was none other than 26-year-old Kayla Gray, AKA the Bachelor contestant who jumped into the pool at the first cocktail party to try and gain the Honey Badger’s attention.

It… didn’t work, but it turned out to be for the best.

Mick, who was held hostage by his cheating “wife” Jessika Power for weeks on end during the show, was later seen with Kayla at MAFS’ Cam and Jules’ engagement party

They still seem to be going strong, and are up there with our favourite seemingly random reality TV contestant couple.

God speed, you two!

2. Dasha from The Bachelor and Charlie from The Bachelorette.

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When 32-year-old Charlie Newling slipped into Dasha Gaivoronski's Insta DMs (seemingly while his season of The Bachelorette was still airing), it was a pairing we never saw coming.

The controversial contestant from Ali Oetjen's season of The Bachelorette, and 33-year-old mother-of-one from Nick Cummins' trainwreck of a Bachelor season quickly began to flood our feeds with flirty appearances in each other's stories.

“He slid into my DMs, yes. He was the only guy I responded to. I actually never respond to DMs and Charlie was pretty much the only guy,” Dasha confessed of how they met.

Speaking on Fitzy and Wippa, Charlie added that he first reached out to offer a helping hand with her move to Sydney.

“I saw Dasha was moving to Sydney, she’s a single mum doing it on her own. I thought, ‘I’ve gotta do the noble thing and at least try to lend a hand, put a bit of furniture together for her,'” he told the radio duo.

The two didn't last long, but at the time, it was big news in reality TV romance world.

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3. Jessika Power and Nick Furphy from separate MAFS seasons.

 

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Jessika Power, the ~cheating wife~ from this year’s season of Married at First Sight is officially dating 2017 MAFS contestant Nick Furphy, as of last month.

Yes, it's still a very fresh relationship, but given the way they gush over each other on social media, it appears to be going pretty well (if you ignore the footage that emerged of her kissing a male friend a week after confirming she and Nick were an item, that is).

In case you forgot (there are a lot of former MAFS contestants to keep up with), Nick Furphy was matched by the experts with one of the twins back in 2017. Remember them?

Jessika, of course, was matched with farmer Mick Gould, but later struck up a secret relationship with Dan Webb, the "husband" of Tamara Joy.

Phew. It's a lot to keep up with.

4. The Bachelor's Apollo Jackson and Edyn 'Mac' Mackney from Love Island.

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Apollo, 26, who made a name for himself as a contestant on Sophie Monk's season of The Bachelorette, and went on to feature on Bachelor In Paradise, confirmed his relationship with Love Island's Edyn ‘Mac’ Mackney, 22, in January this year.

Speaking to Now To Love, Apollo – who also appeared on Australia's Got Talent with a terrifying fire stunt – explained how they met: "We met through doing the same radio interview and it started off just as friends but once we started hanging out more we just clicked. She's such a genuine kindhearted person, with a killer personality. We have so much fun together and we're always laughing. After a long time being single I'm loving having someone special to share life's wild adventures with."

Over six months later, they still appear to be together. Good on them!

5. Noni Janur from The Bachelor and Sam Johnson from The Bachelorette.

 

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This couple didn’t even require Osher Gunsberg's love arrow, or even mango daiquiris to secure a relationship.

Noni Janur (Ms Bacon Luva from Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor) and Sam Johnston (the denim wearin’ model man from Georgia Love’s season of The Bachelorette) met and became an item in 2017.

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Two. Whole. Years. That is precisely 56 times longer than the average duration of Bachelor couples. GO TEAM.

The Bachie alums found each other after their respective seasons on the Channel 10 reality TV show and announced their relationship in February (actually on Valentine’s Day, nonetheless) of 2017 with an Instagram post.

“Little did I know I was on the wrong show. But maybe I came out the winner after all,” Noni shared to her Instagram followers two years ago.

Too. Cute.

6. Beauty and the Geek's Jessica Zinna and Farmer Wants a Wife's Matthew Gallagher.

When it comes to reality TV shows colliding, this is as good as it gets.

I mean, honestly. What a story for the grandkids.

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Matthew, now 33, starred on the 2012 season of Farmer Wants a Wife and Jessica, 31, appeared on Beauty and the Geek that same year.

They met by pure chance at her 25th birthday in Melbourne and bonded over their involvement in reality television.

They married in 2016 and had two children together.

What can we say – the system works. Kind of.


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