Married At First Sight: Evelyn Ellis and Rupert Bugden reveal real reason their marriage didn’t work

Married At First Sight Australia stars Evelyn Ellis and Rupert Bugden have revealed the real reason why their marriage didn't work.

The former couple, who tragically split in 2016, were the first two participants to get married on the hit show.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Australia, they both opened up about the struggles they faced while trying to make the relationship work.

Bugden explained that while the two had a great connection, they struggled to make the relationship work due to their religious differences.

“We both had very different beliefs and it caused a lot of conflict and unfortunately we weren’t able to overcome that,” he said.

Ellis agreed, saying that religion was a major problem for them.

“We had a great connection and we had a lot of fun together, but our religious differences were too much for us to overcome and it became a point of contention between us,” she said.

The couple also spoke about the difficulties they faced trying to build a relationship in the public eye.

“It was hard to develop a normal relationship when we were constantly being watched and judged by the public,” Bugden said.

Ellis added that the pressure of being on the show was also a contributing factor to their split.

“It was difficult to stay in the limelight and make sure we were always putting on a good show. We ended up feeling overwhelmed by the pressure and it took its toll on our relationship,” she said.

Despite the difficulties they faced, Ellis and Bugden both said they were grateful for the experience.

“It was a unique situation and it definitely wasn’t easy, but it was a great experience. We both learned a lot about ourselves and each other,” Ellis said.

Bugden echoed her sentiment, saying that he believes the experience was beneficial in the long run.

“It was a difficult situation, but I’m glad we did it. We both came out of it with a better understanding of what relationships are really about,” he said.