Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion met and wed in March 2014

By Michele Corriston
March 28, 2019 10:50 AM
Credit: FYI

Five years after they met for the first time and immediately exchanged vows, Married at First Sight stars Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion have called it quits.

Hendrix, 31, announced their split Thursday on Instagram, revealing they’d quietly filed for divorce in February following a six-month separation.

“We asked for privacy this entire time bc we were trying to figure it all out. At one point we thought we were going to divorce in order to date and start all over the right way,” she wrote. “We have decided together to move on in different paths, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have love for each other. He will always have a special place in my heart and life. We do love you all and appreciate the support that you have shown us from the beginning.”

The couple got married in March 2014 and appeared on season 1 of Lifetime’s reality show, on which relationship experts pair up strangers who agree to meet on their wedding day.

Carrion, a 32-year-old firefighter and wrestler, previously opened up to E! News about overcoming marital issues.

“”I had to take a step back and re-evaluate what was most important in my life — my wife,” he said. “I started making our marriage my main priority and started to see a huge growth in our relationship.”

Another original MAFS couple, Jamie Otis and Dough Hehner, share a 1-year-old daughter and celebrated their 5-year wedding anniversary last week.

“People laughed at us when they heard we were doing the show,” Otis, 32, told PEOPLE exclusively. “Now here we are!”

“I don’t want to sound corny, but we owe our lives to this TV show and the experts that stuck with us,” added Hehner, 36. “It was life-changing for us.”