He’s awkward, funny and quite frankly adorable, but there’s more than meets the eye to Married At First Sight’s Mikey Pembroke. 

The Aged Care Operations Manager has opened up about his former flame who happened to be no other than Australian Ninja Warrior star, Katie Williams.

The fitness blogger and champion sprinter featured on the reality program in 2017, and was known as being the “epitome of the ultimate athlete”.

Katie was reportedly “shocked” by her ex-boyfriend’s decision to appear on the controversial dating show.

“She was in shock, she was like, ‘I can’t believe you would go and do this,'” he told TV Week.

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The pair first met as teenagers on the set of a TV commercial, but it wasn’t until years later that Mikey finally mustered up the courage to ask Katie out by sliding into her Instagram DMs.

Unfortunately, it seems that things didn’t really work out for the couple with Mikey explaining that he was in the middle of a career change and simply “wasn’t happy” with his life at the time.

“I could have dealt with [the break-up] a lot better,” he told the publication.

Married At First Sight continues weeknights at 7:30pm on Channel Nine.