‘Married at First Sight’ couple Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice reportedly still working on their marriage despite divorce claim
Married at First Sight couple Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice have reportedly not split up despite a recent social-media claim the Season 10 couple will be getting divorced.
“The couple hasn’t thrown in the towel on their marriage,” People reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed source.
According to People, which also published a pair of photos showing Mindy and Zach “running errands together in Los Angeles” recently, the Married at First Sight couple is continuing to work on their marriage.
“Mindy and Zach had a rocky start to their marriage. Zach has a tendency of pulling away when he should be leaning in, but they are both making every effort to work towards a healthy marriage,” a family friend told People.
“Mindy was made for marriage, and Zach is learning to open up and trust the process. It seems like things have been easier for him after the cameras left.”
While Married at First Sight’s tenth season only premiered on Lifetime earlier this month, the season’s eight-week marriage experiment was filmed in the Washington, DC area between August and October last year.
As such, “Decision Day” — the final day of filming in which each of Married at First Sight’s ten Season 10 participants had to decide if they wanted to remain married to their new spouse or get a divorce — was already filmed several months ago and the participants have since resumed their lives without cameras.
While unmentioned by People, the unusual “haven’t thrown in the towel” report appears to have been prompted by a popular Married at First Sight Instagram fan account’s recent claim that Mindy and Zach will be ending their marriage.
Late last week, the Instagram @Mafsfan account reported “Zach and Mindy will get divorced.”
The Instagram account did not, however, clarify whether Mindy, a 34-year-old figure skating coach from Frederick, MD, and Zach, a 32-year-old fitness professional from St. Mary’s, GA, had allegedly decided to get divorced on “Decision Day” or only made the decision sometime after filming concluded.
“I can’t give any additional details [in] order to protect my source, but it is very credible. I’m so sorry it’s not better news,” the Instagram account wrote.
Earlier last week, the Instagram account had also reported fellow Married at First Sight Season 10 couple Taylor Dunklin and Brandon Reid would be ending their marriage — a claim it was able to collaborate with a screenshot of Brandon’s January 2 divorce filing court record that several media outlets (including Reality TV World and People) later confirmed.
In a series of new Instagram Stories posted after People’s report, the Instagram @Mafsfan account stood by its claim that Mindy and Zach will be getting divorced.
“Whatever you say pal,” it mockingly wrote on a screenshot of People’s report that the couple is still working on their marriage.
“People… (no pun intended) don’t believe what they are trying to sell in this article.”
In addition, the account also re-posted an Instagram Stories post Married at First Sight: Unfiltered host Jamie Otis allegedly posted on January 18 showing her “behind the scenes” filming upcoming Unfiltered episodes in Los Angeles.
“Unfiltered taped last weekend and most if not all cast were in L.A.,” the account wrote, attempting to address why Mindy and Zach would have been photographed together in Los Angeles recently.
Last night’s Lifetime broadcast of Married at First Sight’s fourth Season 10 episode ended with Mindy appearing to have serious doubts about the future of her new marriage to Zach.
Mindy was shown wandering around the couple’s honeymoon hotel after Zach allegedly told her that he wasn’t building a physical attraction to her.
According to Mindy, Zach asked her how she could fix the situation, and she basically said, “I guess this isn’t going to work out.”
“And he says, ‘That’s not the response I was hoping for,'” Mindy said of Zach.
“I’m not pissed. I don’t know what I am right now. I can’t even say I’m hurt. I’m kind of just thinking, ‘Who the f-ck is this guy? What the f-ck did I marry?’ This was probably a really, really bad idea.”
Married at First Sight’s next episode will air Wednesday, January 29 at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime.