Jason Carrion and Cortney Hendrix quietly filed for divorce in February following a six-month separation

By Jodi Guglielmi
March 28, 2019 03:52 PM
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Married at First Sight star Jason Carrion is speaking out about his divorce from wife Cortney Hendrix.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Carrion said that while he and Hendrix have decided to end their “fairytale” five-year marriage, they “continue to love and support one another.”

“It is with a heart full of sadness that me and Cortney have decided to separate,” he said. “We fell deeply in love, and had very much a fairytale story being married as complete strangers in the docu-series, Married at First Sight.”

“We both had such an incredibly magical journey together these past few years, making this that much harder to write and even harder to live,” he continued. “These last few months, we asked for privacy to reevaluate things. It has been a very difficult time for me especially with all the rumors, as well as the public wanting updates about our marriage.”

The former couple quietly filed for divorce in February following a six-month separation.

“Thank you for respecting our privacy because we both know all the intrigue is just a consequence of the lives we’ve chosen to lead,” Carrion concluded. “Although we’ve decided to go our separate ways, we continue to love and support one another and still share a common goal to remain friends. I think the best way I could summarize how I feel is through a quote that has stayed with me for some time by Joseph Campell, ‘We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.’ ”

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.

Hendrix, 31, announced their split Thursday on Instagram, admitting they fought to make things work.

“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.”

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.”