Inside MAFS expert Mel Schilling’s sweet family life

Mel has a great support system at home.

Married At First Sight expert Mel Schilling married her husband Gareth Brisbane in 2018, however, the two have been together far longer than that.

The two met on a dating website in 2010 but waited eight years before they tied the knot in Bali.

Speaking to our sister publication WHO Magazine about her wedding day, Mel said: “I had a bit of a cry on the day. It’s just the meaning of it all. I was a late bloomer in life, like, I didn’t meet my husband until I was nearly 40 and then we had our daughter when I was nearly 42, so to be finally saying our ‘I dos’ was an emotional time. It was very special.”

Mel’s daughter Maddie was born on November 3, 2015. Now nine years old, Mel often posts about her daughter online, sharing insights into her family life with her followers.

Mel Schilling with her beautiful family. (Credit: Instagram)

Mel, 52, had her daughter relatively late in life. The relationship expert gave birth to her only child at the age of 42, however, this wasn’t the first time she had been pregnant.

“I got pregnant when I was 40 and had a miscarriage and that really changed things. That was a real eye-opener and just made me realise how much I wanted a child. Both of us did,” she revealed in an interview with OK!

Following Mel’s heartbreaking experience, she and her husband Gareth chose to go through the route of IVF and luckily, they were successful and suddenly had a new member of the family.

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Maddie has grown up so much! (Credit: Instagram)

“I feel like I worked really hard to bring her into this world and now that we have her, and we’re only having one, she’s just so incredibly important to us,” Mel told our sister publication Woman’s Day in 2022.

Mel clearly adores her daughter, and as it turns out, the two are very similar in some ways.

“We’re both very much performers, and she’s a natural in front of the camera, but she’s started to become a bit of a director. There are a lot of imaginative plays,” Mel said.

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“A moment of appreciation for my beautiful girl Maddie – I love you so much & feel so grateful every day that you chose us as your parents 👯‍♀️,” Mel captioned an Instagram post in May 2024. (Credit: Instagram)

Though her career revolves around giving advice to others on their relationships, Mel is never short of words of advice for her daughter when it comes to dating or anything else she needs support with. However, her daughter is also there to help her in her time of need.

The dating coach was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and has been very open with her followers throughout her journey.

mel schilling with her family at christmas time
Mel Schilling has a very strong family support system at home. (Credit: Instagram)

When Mel broke the news to Maddie, she explained it in a way a nine-year-old could understand.

“She knows I’m having chemo and she knows that when I have an infusion I’ll be tired and need extra cuddles, which she is there for. She understands it in her own way,” Mel told OK!

Mel is lucky she has a very strong support system at home, even describing her husband as her “rock.”

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