Lauren and Orion Split Up Well Before Decision Day on 'MAFS'— Where Do They Stand Now?

No, Lauren and Orion haven’t had second thoughts about their divorce on ‘MAFS,’ but we have some details on where they are now.

Chrissy Bobic - Author

Mar. 7 2024, Updated 7:13 a.m. ET

Lauren confronts Orion on MAFS
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Season 17 of Married at First Sight is full of firsts. And even if Lauren and Orion’s decision to break up before Decision Day isn't exactly novel in the franchise, it still comes as a shock so early on. In an episode a few weeks before the other couples' Decision Day, we see the former newlyweds meet up to discuss the next steps in their divorce. So for those wondering where Lauren and Orion are now, spoiler alert, there is no love lost between these two.

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But there could be hope, based on the promo after the March 6 episode. They have discussed plenty about where things went wrong for them, and by now, they've both taken accountability for different things. If you need a refresher, they decided to end things early. Or, rather, according to Lauren, Orion made the decision himself. Now, viewers want to know what happens next (if anything) for these two.

Orion and Lauren sit on their balcony during their honeymoon on MAFS
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Where are Lauren and Orion now on ‘Married at First Sight’?

After their breakup on MAFS, we see Orion and Lauren meet up, and no, this isn't some last ditch effort on one of their parts for a reconciliation. Instead, it’s a way for them to meet up before their divorce is final. But Lauren has a few choice words for Orion, because from her view, it looks like Orion is trying to face the divorce together, whereas she hasn’t felt any kind of partnership with him.

“It just feels like you only put me on the spot in front of other couples,” Lauren says to Orion in the episode. “So when you bring things up, it just doesn’t feel real.” Up until this point, despite what Orion is saying now, Lauren has felt any support from him through their breakup.

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Orion apologizes to Lauren for not making her feel like they “were a team” during their short-lived marriage. He admits his faults when it comes to communications and shares that he’s often afraid to say something wrong. It's clear that there is no turning back for these two.

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However, during the promo that aired after the March 6 Decision Day episode, we see Orion and Lauren meet up. They even appear to discuss the possibility of being "more than just friends." Which, if you ask us, they both seem quite open to. Maybe the experiment was right in matching these two after all?

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As with most MAFS couples, Lauren and Orion have been tight-lipped via social media in terms of giving away any clues about where they stand now. But the glimmers of hope are certainly there on the show, and they might work better as a couple if the pressure of being married is taken off the table.

Why did Orion want a divorce?

Things went from bad to worse after Lauren and Orion’s honeymoon. They went to therapy together to try to work through some of their issues. But for Orion, there was no getting past their issues with intimacy. And he decided he wanted a divorce well ahead of Decision Day.

That doesn’t mean Lauren and Orion had nothing to do with each other as the other couples geared up for their own decisions. It just means Lauren and Orion called it quits early, even if things might change after that.

Watch Married at First Sight on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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