E4’s Married at First Sight UK continues with the first of the dinner parties kicking off on Wednesday, 8th September, after the couples move in together.
One couple won’t be together on the show for much longer, however, as Married at First Sight UK star Nikita has been removed for ‘unacceptable aggression’ off camera.
Ant, 28, from Manchester and Nikita, 26, were one of the first of the Married at First Sight UK couples to get married on the dating show, and although they had some differences to begin with, it looked like there could be something between them after they made up on their honeymoon to Mexico.
With Nikita now out of the experiment, what will this mean for Ant’s journey on the show? Will they stay together?
Here’s everything we know so far about the couple.
Who is Nikita?
From: County Durham
Nikita, 26, hails from County Durham. With sassiness, confidence, and lots of opinions, Nikita had no plans to mess around on the show.
So much so, she had already planned her wedding and picked her children’s names before meeting her match.
“Ideally, we all want our Prince Charming who we are going to be with until the day we die. I just think that if I meet someone who blows me away and we’re on the same wavelength and have proper banter it will be great,” she said in her interview ahead of the show.
Who is Ant?
Job: Business development
Ant is from Manchester and works in business development. The ideal woman for him would be someone who is funny, bubbly, ambitious person and up for exploring and adventure!
Speaking ahead of the show, he said: “The best that could happen is that the experts find me a match and it works out perfectly and find our happily ever after. The worst case is it doesn’t work out and I make some new friends and I learn a bit about myself as a person.”
What happened to Nikita and Ant?
On Wednesday, 8th September, it was announced that Nikita had been removed from Married at First Sight UK.
A statement from Channel 4 read: “The wellbeing of cast and crew is our utmost priority at all times throughout production and beyond,” a Channel 4 statement read. “During filming, a situation escalated off camera and Nikita displayed a level of aggression that was unacceptable and breached our agreed code of conduct on behaviour.
“As a result, she was asked to leave the experiment. All involved have been offered support and Nikita has since apologised and resolved the situation with those involved.”
A Channel 4 preview for Wednesday’s episode teased what looked like a tense dinner party. In the clip, Nikita can be seen screaming at shouting at someone. It’s unclear at this stage if the incident is related to Nikita’s exit.
It’s not yet known whether will Ant will continue in the experiment without his wife, and whether are still together.
During a previous Instagram Q&A, fans questioned Nikita and asked why she wasn’t following Ant on the social media site.
However, she later revealed that it’s actually in the contract that contestants can’t follow anyone in the cast, so its unclear whether they’re still in contact.
On the episode, which aired on Monday August 30th, Nikita and Ant met for the first time and tied the knot.
There were a few doubts, with one of Ant’s guests whispering: “This is bad” as they waited for Nikita to arrive at the wedding.
While Ant seemed keen to get to know Nikita, it was very clear from the beginning that he wasn’t her type, as she revealed in her VT: “They’ve just done the total opposite of what I’ve asked for… I don’t think they’ve listened to what I said.”
One of her friends also admitted that Ant was “so far from her type” and Nikita later revealed she was very “disappointed” because she had been very open with the Married at First Sight experts and told them looks were important to her.
“She’s bold and brash – it could be a point of friction,” Ant’s dad revealed after the nuptials.
When they shared their vows, however, there were lots of laughs between them, suggesting that their relationship could be a slow burner…
During the wedding reception, they started to get more comfortable with one another and Nikita’s friends encouraged her to give Ant a chance because they thought he was nice and liked his family and friends.
The pair headed on their honeymoon to Mexico, and all seemed to be going well, that is until Nikita started asking Ant to compliment her. He thought she was too obsessed with looks and she didn’t think he was being open with her, resulting in a massive argument.
They managed to make up and moved in together as part of the experiment. However, their journey on the show together came to an end when Nikita was removed.