Erik Lake from Married at First Sight didn’t have the easiest love life on the show, but he has been the recipient of loads of fan adoration in the months since he ended his reality television marriage. Although Erik’s relationship didn’t work out the way he wanted it to on the experimental dating show, he has been living his best life on Instagram, and his followers can’t get enough of his charming pics. From his fans’ positive comments to what he’s been up to since getting divorced from Virginia Coombs, this is why Erik’s followers seem to be head over heels for the pilot.

Erik was first introduced to audiences on Married at First Sight season 12 back in January 2021. Erik was matched with Virginia, a 26-year-old account coordinator. Erik had trouble in his previous relationships because he has a prestigious career as a pilot for a major airline. His demanding job was often his top priority. On the other hand, Virginia hadn’t found success in her previous relationships due to her fear of rejection. Despite their discouraging track records, both Erik and Virginia were dedicated to making their marriage work on season 12. Regrettably, the Married at First Sight couple’s marriage disintegrated after online arguments, rumors of infidelity, and Virginia’s penchant for partying. Erik and Virginia signed divorce papers on July 12, and the pilot is already getting attention from admiring followers.


While viewers were saddened by the news of Erik and Virginia’s breakup, many of Erik’s followers are evidently elated that the pilot is back on the market. Every time Erik posts a picture of himself on his Instagram, his comments are flooded with doting fans who express their admiration for the former reality TV personality. On September 26, Erik posted a picture of himself sitting in the cockpit in his pilot uniform. He captioned the post, “Just another day in the office!” Erik was swiftly met with myriad gushing replies from MAFS season 12 viewers. One follower commented, “You’re such a catch Erik! Just look at that handsome face.” Another Instagram user flirtatiously wrote, “I hope to bump into you sometime in the sky.” These comments are on a recent pic, but all photos of Erik are equally cherished by his affectionate followers.

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Now, Erik is officially single, and so many followers want to take Virginia’s place. However, the former Married at First Sight star has shown no signs of being in a new relationship. According to his social media posts, he is prioritizing his passion for flying. From videos of storms he’s flown through to awe-inspiring photos of sunrises he’s caught while in flight, Erik has kept his eyes on the sky, rather than on finding a new wife. Although there might not be any new women in his life, Erik isn’t totally alone thanks to the company of his puppy, Tex. Erik occasionally shares goofy videos of him and his dog playing.

The downfall of Erik’s marriage with Virginia was disappointing, but it wasn’t surprising to many Married at First Sight season 12 fans. Fortunately, Erik has been consoled by his puppy, as well as dozens of adoring Instagram followers. These fans find his pilot selfies crush-worthy. While Erik might not be looking for another spouse since his lackluster experience on Married at First Sight, it’s assuring to know that he has options wherever he lands.

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