Married at First Sight Australia 2021‘s Jo Todd‘s new husband Joe Donaghy, who she recently wed, is the secret boyfriend that she allegedly harboured while filming the marriage experiment.

Taking to Instagram on September 24, the TV bride announced she’d become a real bride after tying the knot during a private ceremony at Cable Beach in Western Australia.

“So Joe and I did a thing!” she penned alongside a carousel of photos from the elopement ceremony.

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Jo Todd’s husband, Joe Donaghy is the secret boyfriend she had while filming Married At First Sight 2021. Source: Instagram.

She continued: “We secretly eloped at our favourite destination with the most beautiful weather, funniest and caring celebrant, an amazing make-up artist and talented photographer and two complete strangers as our witnesses.”

While reports state that the duo began dating in November 2020 after MAFS wrapped up filming, sources previously disclosed to So Dramatic! that the romance wasn’t exactly new.

As revealed in episode 69 of the So Dramatic! podcast, released in April 2021, a source dished that Jo “had a boyfriend the whole time” while married on-screen to James Susler.

“She was with him before filming, and now they live together,” they said at the time. “His name is Joe Donaghy.” Coincidence? We think not!

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A source revealed Jo was with Joe before and during filming MAFS 2021 with TV hubby James Susler. Source: Nine.

Married at First Sight‘s Jo Todd Didn’t Want to Give Up Reality TV Fame Despite Being In a Relationship

According to the insider, the duo had met at Jo’s barbershop when they began dating.

“But she didn’t want to give up her ‘once in a lifetime opportunity [on MAFS]’ after missing out on Farmer Wants a Wife a few years ago,” they said.

Moreover, Joe reportedly sent Jo flowers while she was in quarantine before filming “to try and stop her from doing it”.

“He also sent her followers and a note during her honeymoon,” the source said.

So Dramatic! obtained a photo of this note, which read: “Dear Jo, I miss you. Y.L.D.”

Jo reportedly told a number of her Married at First Sight co-stars about her relationship with Joe, disclosing that the acronym on the note stood for “Your love, Donaghy”. Yikes!

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Joe sent Jo flowers while she was on her MAFS honeymoon with James. Source: Supplied.

One contestant said James was “coming off like he had trust issues” in the final edit. However, this was due to Jo continually leaving him “to talk to [Joe]”.

Another MAFS star later disclosed that while the 41-year-old was on the show, Joe was “step-dadding her kids”.


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