This pair was Australia's golden couple Married At First Sight (Photo: MAFs/Channel 4)

Love no longer exists if Ollie Skelton and Tahnee Cook split up – which they did.

The couple, who met for the first time 16 months ago in Married at first sight in Australia, he has gone from strength to strength ever since.

While major drama ensued with everyone else on the dating show that year, Ollie, 27, and Tahnee, also 27, remained constant through the chaos.

In fact, they were the only pair on the series who were still together after Melinda Willis and Layton Mills split in October – that's aside from a dodgy pairing the show didn't make with Duncan James and Evelyn Ellis, who began a relationship after the end of season 10. .

But this morning, the pair took to social media with touching messages announcing their amicable split, arguing that their lives are heading in 'different directions' but that they will remain 'friends'.

Posting on her page, the influencer said: 'Just as I share the highlights of my life here, it's only fair that I share when things aren't always fun.

Ollie Skelton and Tahnee Cook

Ollie Skelton and Tahnee Cook got along well on the series (Photo: Instagram/Tahnee Cook)
hey, they were the strongest couple in the 10th series of MAFS Australia (Photo: Instagram/Tahnee Cook)

'Unfortunately, Ollie and I have decided to separate. Our lives are taking us in different directions and we feel at this stage that it is the best decision for us. From meeting strangers who “got married” to finding genuine love, I am so proud of the time we shared.

“Our journey together has been a rollercoaster, but sometimes relationships just don't work out – no matter how much you want them to – and that's okay.

'I'm so grateful for what these last 16 months have taught me and for the genuinely supportive community I've found here. Breakups are never easy, but the heartbreak is worth it in the search for love.

“Lots of love, Tahnee ♡.”

Meanwhile, Ollie shared Tahnee's feelings by posting a lengthy statement alongside a cute video of them dancing taken the night before, to show that there is no bad blood between them.

'Hi, Tahnee and I have split up. It’s sad, but it’s okay,” he began.

'What a trip! A journey filled with love, laughter, challenges and, in the last month, reflection. I think we tried really hard to make it work.

“There is such a separation between Skye Suites and real life that I think it's really hard to explain and (although not without trying) it was an adjustment we struggled to make.

“I kind of have this dream of us being like Jerry and Elaine from Seinfeld post-breakup, which is a very difficult thing to do, obviously, but the core feeling is that I intend to try to be someone who stands up for Tahnee and can be there for her as a friend.

'In a post like this, the words “friend” and “breakup” are often synonymous, but with little truth behind them. However, if friendship was our foundation before love, I like to think it might be something we can share afterwards.

'This video is from last night, so I think we're on the right track. ❤️'

Fans and other MAFS stars shared their shock at the news, as Melinda wrote on Tahnee's post, “Very personal, I must! 😢 Sending all the love and hugs from across the sea to you both. Melinda,' as she commented on Ollie: 'but this post 😭 is so sad, I can't watch it! Just wait for this flame to go out.'

Bronte Schofield sent “lots of love” and so did Alyssa Barmonde, while Janelle Han commented: “Hope you two are doing well ❤️.”

Ollie, apparently jokingly, if we know anything about his playful personality, commented on Tahnee's post: 'Wow. News for me!!!'

Fans were also shocked, when one user @aava.lilyy commented: “This actually made me so sad, what the hell.”

Meanwhile, Instagram user jade_stephens.x said: 'Omg I'm devastated for you two, I really thought you could do it! Good luck in the future xx.'

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