Married at First Sight shocker: Brandon Reid and Taylor Dunklin’s marriage is over and Brandon has filed for an annulment!
Married at First Sight’s tenth season only premiered earlier this month, but news has already broken Brandon and Taylor — one of five couples matched by MAFS experts to wed on the Washington, D.C.-set season of the series — are ending their marriage.
According to court documents, Brandon filed for an annulment on January 2, People reported, which is only one day after Married at First Sight’s tenth season premiered on Lifetime.
“As with any union, some end up happily ever after, and others don’t,” Lifetime told the magazine in a statement. “Continue to watch MAFS to see what happens with Taylor and Brandon.”
Married at First Sight’s Season 10 weddings were filmed at the Westin Georgetown hotel late last summer, according to social-media posts alleged eyewitnesses made at the time.
The timing would mean Brandon’s filing did not occur during the season’s eight-week filming period and will therefore presumably not be addressed on-air until the show’s reunion special.
“Taylor and Brandon’s marriage is one of the most combustible we’ve ever seen,” a source close to the former couple told People.
“They have the most intense love-hate relationship. Right now it’s hate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if next week it comes back to love.”
In a season preview released by Lifetime, Brandon is shown telling Taylor, “If I can’t trust you, I want nothing to do with you.”
Brandon later appears to scold Taylor in the MAFS preview for hanging out “with some other guys,” adding, “It’s heartbreaking.”
Although many Married at First Sight couples have filed for divorce throughout the show’s previous seasons, Brandon’s move to file for an annulment is unprecedented.
Prior to Brandon, no Married at First Sight participant has attempted to end their marriage via an annulment instead of a divorce (whether the annulment filing will be successful also remains unclear).
People did not report any information on the grounds for Brandon’s annulment filing.
According to the DivorceNet website, there are only five valid grounds for annulments in the District of Columbia:
– a blood relationship exists between the spouses
– a spouse was already legally married to someone else at the time of the marriage ceremony
– a spouse was mentally incompetent at the time of the marriage ceremony
– a spouse was under the age of 16 and didn’t voluntarily choose to remain in the marriage
– a spouse only consented to the marriage because of force or fraud caused by another person
News of Brandon and Taylor’s split comes shortly after their wedding just aired on television in Episode 2 of Married at First Sight’s tenth season.
Taylor, a 27-year-old research scientist from Pittsburgh, PA, was matched with Brandon, a 34-year-old sales manager originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands who was raised in Washington, D.C., by Married at First Sight experts Pastor Calvin Roberson, Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Dr. Viviana Coles.
Brandon’s grandmother said Brandon was “tired of striking out” in the dating world, and so Brandon took a risk by marrying a stranger. Brandon hoped to end up with a “white picket fence” type of life, including a wife and children.
“My dream girl is going to be tall, beautiful, long-legged… a little curvy, [with] long hair. I hope she’s ambitious, I hope she is smart,” Brandon said on the series.
“I’m looking for my soul mate, I’m looking for my best friend. Someone that I can depend on and someone that I’m going to spend the rest of my life with. And I’m confident that the experts found the right woman for me.”
When Brandon saw his wife walk down the aisle, he thought she was beautiful and breathtaking, but as Taylor got to know her husband, she found him to be blunt — and she couldn’t get comfortable around him.
“He seems a little awkward. Does this man even like me? Does he? I have no idea,” Taylor questioned on her wedding day.
However, Taylor intended to remain optimistic about the future of her marriage.
The four other couples starring on Married at First Sight’s tenth season are Katie Conrad and Derek Sherman, Jessica Studer and Austin Hurd, Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice, and Meka Jones and Michael Watson.
According to a production insider, Brandon and Taylor won’t be bringing the only drama to this new season.
“This season proves to be a roller coaster,” the insider told People. “Just when you think you’re getting off the ride, it pulls you in for another spin.”
Viviana similarly told The New York Post recently the new season is going to be “explosive” and “so unexpected” as well as “unpredictable.”
Married at First Sight will continue to air on Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime.