Helen met Maff at a Def Leppard concert
, she mentioned that her friend was best friends with Maff and couldn't do anything because she was with someone else at the time.
In her video 'Worst Couple Ever'
Helen and Maff discussed a spit fight they had, which Helen started. Maff also explained how Helen doesn't realise how tiring his job as a carpenter is, and that she regularly complains about him not wanting to go out or entertain her.
Maff featured heavily in her videos, and over the years, Helen would show a lot of their arguments and outbursts in her vlogs, which prompted a lot of her viewers to comment negatively towards him.
She also would regularly make comments in her videos about how they never have sex (example #1
, example #2
, example #3
Helen moved out
of the band house in 2014
and moved in
In Feb 2015
, Helen surprised Maff with his brand new puppy
- a pug called Barney
Helen and Maff purchased
their first house
together and moved in May 2016
Maff is a skilled carpenter and had been working in a local company for 11 years, he became miserable working there, stating in his video 'I Quit My Job & Broke My Arm'
that it affected him so much that he started taking it out on friends and family around him and in October 2016
, Maff left his job to become self-employed. He said that Helen was the one who pushed him to do it.
Maff took a month off from doing any work to spend time working on doing up their newly purchased house.
In Dec 2016
, Maff broke his wrist
playing football. This delayed him from starting his new career path of being self-employed.
Maff opened up about his mental health
in a video titled 'We Need To Talk'
) and announced that he had been going to therapy
. He initially went to therapy over anger issues (strongly stating that he is non-violent). He mentioned that Helen suggested he should make a YouTube video about going to therapy a few months prior and Maff said that he didn't feel comfortable talking about it. He also mentioned about his recent broken wrist contributed heavily to his depression.
Maff created a YouTube channel in 2015
and started to upload videos such as 200 Chicken Nugget Challenge and Trying Dog Food before moving on towards haul content.
Helen dyed Maff's hair and beard bright blue, copying
YouTuber (and friend at the time) Kristen Leanne
's husband Ryan
It is strongly suggested that Helen was behind Maff's YouTube career. In Helen's vlog 'Maff the Apprentice'
), she mentions that Maff was trying to edit a video by himself. Maff recalls editing a video and having Helen standing over his shoulder the whole time.
The First Proposal
Maff and Helen got engaged
in September 2015
, in her 'Florida Vlog #2'
She said that Maff' proposal was that he had hidden the ring under his hat and asked her to pass the hat to him, she told him no but eventually threw the hat at him, he got down on one knee when she noticed the ring.
In her I'M ENGAGED!
video, Helen mentioned that she suspected that he was going to propose in Florida. She also mentioned that when went away travelling without Maff, they missed each other so much and knew at that point that they were made for each other. She mentioned that the proposal was a very 'Maff' thing as he's not big on romance.
The first engagement ring was a white gold ring, with a purple marquise cut sapphire. Helen said it was a "very me ring" and that she was very pleased with it.
Helen also mentioned that she was planning on keeping her last name, as she is one of three sisters, she wanted to keep her dad's Anderson legacy going so was thinking about double barrelling her last name.
Helen tweeted in Jan 2017
that she had to send her engagement to see if it could be repaired as she had lost the stone in London
The Second Proposal
In Feb 2017 'The Birthday'
Maff re-proposed to Helen with a new ring. Maff commented that he preferred this ring to the other one because it was more precious. Helen again commented that she had an inkling that he was going to propose to her again.
The Hen Do
Helen's channel soon became heavily focused on all things wedding. Helen's 3 day hen do
was on the 2nd June 2017
, she and 12 friends
(Danni, Ellie, Emma, Becky, Kat, Josie, Maff's mum, Maff's sister Kayleigh, Helen's mum, and Helen's sisters Kerry and Hayley) went to Disneyland Paris
Helen and Maff got married on 1st July 2017
at Godwick Hall and Great Barn
. The wedding had an outdoor festival vibe, complete with a giant Ferris wheel and was called MelMaffFest
. Papertwin filmed the wedding and Helen uploaded the official wedding video
to her channel on 26th July 2017
The song that played as she walked down the aisle was Sweet Soul Sister by The Cult, their first dance was to
Helen mentioned that they spent most of the wedding posing for photos
, she said she felt like she barely saw Maff, they didn't have time to cut the cake and that she got incredibly drunk on the wedding night and she and Maff didn't spend their first night as husband and wife together.
In her Wedding Blues - How I Actually Felt'
video Helen said that she felt sad because she couldn't remember the day and admitted that she felt that it wasn't the best day of her life. She said she also had a panic over running out of Prosecco.
Helen used the money from the wedding to buy herself a brand new Gucci bag
(which cost £1050
). She received backlash from her audience for the purchase.
Helen and Maff went to Mexico
for their first Honeymoon.
On the first day of the honeymoon, they spent the day at the beach and didn't put any suncream on and got incredibly sunburnt. On the last day of their Mexico trip, Maff felt unwell.
They then travelled to Disney World
for their second honeymoon. Helen bought tickets for her friend Ellie and her husband to join them.
Shortly after the honeymoon, Helen went on multiple brand trips abroad.
In her November 2017
video 'Current feeling & Favourites - Doubts, Marriage, Future & Favorites'
. Helen mentioned that she had been feeling really negative about her and Maff, and that she creating a lot of arguments and getting angry at him over nothing, although she immediately after said that he had pissed her off at her Halloween party when he went out clubbing with his friends instead of staying at her house party with her mates.
From the end of November and all through Vlogmas 2017
, viewers noticed not only Maff missing from the vlogs, but Barney was missing too. Helen started getting a lot of comments on her channel and social media from her concerned audience, especially as she was 'acting' like normal and happy in her videos. On 5th December 2017
, Helen tweeted
"If you sense something different about my vlogs recently that I haven’t touched upon, please don’t make assumptions and also respect that I haven’t talked about it for a reason."
In Vlogmas #9 & #10 An Explanation
(11th Dec 2017
), Helen confirmed that Maff and Barney are no longer living with her, but didn't want to go into the details.
Helen released a now-deleted video on her main channel on 2nd Jan 2018
titled 'We Broke Up'
where she said that Maff left her because he didn't want to be a husband anymore
The marriage lasted 4 months.
Post BreakUp & Divorce
After Vlogmas 2017, Helen took a break from daily vlogging. She returned to the channel 9th Jan 2018
with a vlog titled 'What Happened'
and said that having a break was a 'nice experience', she also mentioned that she had been drinking a lot with her friends.
In her Anderz Approach blog, she commented about almost becoming an alcoholic after the breakup due to going out with her friends and drinking a lot more at home.
Since the breakup, she claims that she is now a sex addict
and commented on Kat's podcast how she "fucked around" a lot after Maff broke up with her
She is still very good friends with Maff's sister Kayleigh, who regularly dog sits for Helen.
Helen and Maff are still in the proceedings of a divorce, although she has recently stated that it should be finalised soon.