MAFS UK’s Owen was thrilled with his ‘worldie’ wife and proposed properly to her
They're one of the biggest Married At First Sight UK success stories, and Michelle and Owen are unbelievably loved up more than a year after marrying on the show – and Owen planned a very special surprise for their anniversary.
Michelle Walder and Owen Jenkins relocated to Sheffield after being match-made on the social experiment show to be man and wife, and have been sharing the renovation process of their new house with fans on their Instagram account.
Owen surprised Michelle with a diary that he continued writing after the whole process, and proposed again to mark the big day, telling Michelle he chose her.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, the lovebirds looked more smitten than ever.
Michelle explained: "There's always that niggling in your head of 'oh, it wasn't your choice' as we were put together.
"Owen has just been so perfect the whole way through, I just can't fault him. So I was like 'Oh, do I deserve him? I don't know. That self doubt creeps in, doesn't it?
"I said it after a couple of glasses of Prosecco and he obviously just banked it in his head.
"He wrote this lovely diary entry in there, and got down on one knee and it was really lovely.
"That's the only bit you miss out on in this is the act of proposing, I couldn't have asked for more," swooned Michelle.
Right now though – there's one thing they can't agree about… whether or not to get a dog.
They jokingly bickered about whether they should be expanding their family.
"We're ticking all the boxes for the things people say are stressful!" said Michelle. "Marriage, straight into a pandemic, then bought a house. I'm now working on us getting a dog," she added, with a sly look at Owen.
"I think we've got very busy lives, and we've still not been abroad on holiday," explained Owen. "All the things that you can't do with a dog, but you have make extra consideration.
"I'm happy to have a dog with maybe a few years down the line, I think whereas Michelle would have six right now if she could."
As well as furry friends, whenever a couple gets married chat soon turns to babies. That's another area where they're wanting to wait.
Michael explained: "We've talked about kids, and they're a few years down the line because of our careers.
"Going into Married At First Sight, I was 31 when we got married, so a lot of women my age had biological clocks ticking, whereas Michelle was 25, which meant we've had a little more time than, you know, jumping straight into pumping out kids."
As for the secret of their successful marriage so far, they both say that lockdown actually helped them as a couple.
"We got to spend so much time together" said Michelle. Owen agreed: "We've still got so much to look forward to."
"There's still stuff we've not done together, you know, a year and a half later because of the pandemic. We've never been to a club, other than our wedding we've never danced anywhere together."
"We've never been to a festival! All the stuff couples normally do together."
Owen says he was thrilled when he saw Michelle as his bride-to-be: "I got myself a worldie, I was well happy!"
He joked it was one of his friends who convinced him to join the show: "He was the catalyst for me signing up. They didn't quite catch it on camera at the wedding, but he turned, saw Michelle and just turned back and gave me a look.
"He was hoping that it'd be someone I wouldn't find attractive but Michelle was gorgeous! Obviously he was happy for me but he had that moment of 'you've ruined my fun' when he realised it would go well," laughed Owen.
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The new series of Married At First Sight UK will have some changes compared to the process Owen and Michelle went through, and they're glad their show was different.
Couples will be living together in one house, and it seems like it will be more explosive.
Michelle explained: "One of the experts, Ben, has been sharing Instagram stories saying his heart rate was through the roof! I don't know how I'd have coped with this new format to be honest."
Owen agreed: "It looks like there'll be a lot of drama. We're not sure what to expect."
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