MAFS EXCLUSIVE: Tahnee reveals how she discovered she and Ollie were 'related'
The pair were already connected before going on Married At First Sight.
Tahnee Cook and Ollie Skelton are arguably one of the closest couples on this year’s season of Married At First Sight - and it’s not just because of their romantic connection.
As previously revealed by Yahoo Lifestyle, the pair are actually ‘related’ as Tahnee’s sister Ashleigh is engaged to Ollie’s second cousin Jasper.
Tahnee has now shared further details about the “wild coincidence”, including how she and Ollie found out about their connection.
“At the wedding, obviously the two families were separated,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Ollie’s mum looked over and she saw my sister’s fiancé Jasper and she said, ‘I know you! Your dad is my cousin!’.
“And then she started freaking out being like, what if the bride is Jasper’s sister? Because then we’d literally be blood-related. She was going up to producers being like, ‘Is that guy blood-related to the bride because we’re going to have an issue if so’.”
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The 27-year-old went on to share that their link was even more surprising because Ollie, who is from Perth, and Jasper, who lives in Melbourne, had never met before.
“It was a completely random chance that they were second cousins, it was crazy!” she laughs.
“I think Ollie has met Jasper’s dad like once or twice at funerals or big family things like that, but they were in a family group chat which they didn’t know about. We went back and looked at the group chat and they were literally in the same chat and they didn’t know each other. I was so shocked.”
'I saw it as a really great sign'
While some people might’ve been freaked out by the connection, Tahnee admits she perceived it as a “good omen”.
“I saw it as a really great sign because I love Jasper,” she shares. “He’s amazing and I have a great relationship with him, so I was like, if Ollie’s family is anything like Jasper’s family we’re sweet.
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“I had such a good feeling when my sister told me about [the connection] at the dinner table. Because even if Ollie and I don’t work out, if my sister has a child with Jasper then that child is still going to be related to Ollie. And if we had kids, there are going to be connections on both sides.”
Tahnee adds that producers had filmed the moment she and Ollie found out about their connection, but it didn’t make it to air.
“I can see why it didn’t make the edit because it’s pretty confusing,” she says. “It’s just so random, I was shook.”
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