John Aiken delivers shocking news to heartbroken participant after runaway groom QUITS the show right before their wedding

Married at First Sight is rocked by a runaway groom scandal.

On Wednesday night’s episode, gay groom Michael was left heartbroken after learning his match Simon had done a runner before their wedding.

He received the devastating news from the show’s relationship expert John Aitken.

“Well, Michael, it’s highly unusual for me to come visit a contestant, but I have some very disappointing and shocking news,” Aikten told the stunned retail worker.

“After the night of the goats and the hen, your partner Simon decided to send us an email to say that he no longer wanted to be part of the experiment.”

Gay groom Michael (pictured) was left heartbroken after learning his match Simon did a runner ahead of their wedding on Married at First Sight

Gay groom Michael (pictured) was left heartbroken after learning his match Simon did a runner ahead of their wedding on Married at First Sight

An emotional Michael was lost for words, stammering before burying his head in his hands.

“Well, it’s definitely a hard blow,” he said through tears, before saying it felt like his heart had been ‘ripped’ from his chest.

“I want to understand his side, but I’d like to know why,” he sighed.

“After the night of the goats and the hen, your mate Simon decided to send us an email saying he no longer wanted to be part of the experiment,” said John Aitken.

An emotional Michael was lost for words, stammering before burying his head in his hands

An emotional Michael was lost for words, stammering before burying his head in his hands

Aitken tried to calm the sad single, saying: “I don’t want you to take it personally.”

The psychologist continued: ‘It happened because your match couldn’t handle the experiment and the unknown and the pressure that was going to be on them.’

However, he then confirmed that he and the show’s other relationship experts still hold out hope that they can find the perfect man for Michael.

“We are now looking closely at new matches for you, because we want to find you the fairy tale,” he said optimistically.

Single dad Simon (pictured) abandoned the experiment after filming the goat's nocturnal episode

Single dad Simon (pictured) abandoned the experiment after filming the goat’s nocturnal episode

Channel Nine and EndemolShine Australia, the production company behind MAFS, are said to be ‘deeply disappointed’ with Simon’s decision to leave the show.

Simon broke his silence in October, telling USA Online Post Australia: ‘MAFS wasn’t what I thought I wanted at this point in my life, that’s all.’

He expressed remorse, adding: ‘I just felt bad for who they hired me for. I did leave initially, but they managed to lure me back… I have to look out for myself.’

At the time, one production insider explained: ‘It’s complete and utter chaos! Simon’s departure was a blind spot.’

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