‘Married at First Sight’ star Zach: Mindy told me she wanted a divorce and to see other people, it was her idea to live apart!
Married at First Sight star Zach Justice claims Mindy Shiben told him off camera she wanted a divorce and to see other people during the last night of their honeymoon, adding that she also allegedly brought up the idea of not living together in Washington, D.C.
During Wednesday night’s episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Zach watched back a clip of Mindy moving into the “neutral” apartment the show had provided for them as a couple by herself.
“Okay, Zach, you’re a married man. Why did you decide not to move in with your wife?” Unfiltered host Jamie Otis asked.
“So things didn’t exactly end well coming out of the honeymoon — at all,” Zach revealed.
When Jamie asked Zach to walk her through what happened during the couple’s honeymoon in Panama, he replied, “In my eyes, it was my point to say, ‘Look, I don’t know what to do. I don’t have any chemistry. I don’t have any attraction here.'”
“And then later that night,” he continued, “there was a really tough response to that whole scenario and then her also again reiterating, ‘I want a divorce.'”
Jamie appeared shocked that Mindy allegedly threatened Zach with divorce, especially since viewers have watched Mindy put so much effort into her relationship and say she wanted her marriage to work out so badly.
“She said she wanted a divorce?” Jamie asked for clarification.
“Yeah,” Zach replied. “The same night [during our honeymoon]. And then the next day, she was like, ‘I think we should see other people,’ which was kind of alarming for me.”
Zach confirmed the alleged exchange happened off camera.
“Because I was going to say, ‘We didn’t see any of that,'” Jamie noted.
Zach further claimed of his conversation with Mindy, “It started off as, ‘You can go to your place; I can go to my place. We can stay at our separate places.’ And I think space for me was going to be the most important choice at that point.”
Zach’s Married at First Sight co-star Michael Watson also had a rough start to his honeymoon with wife Meka Jones on the show’s tenth season after Michael allegedly gave his wife an ultimatum they sleep together during the honeymoon or else he’d want out of the relationship.
When asked whether Michael ever considered not moving in with Meka once they returned to the United States, he replied, “I think the thought crossed my mind, definitely.”
“I would say if we didn’t get back to some common ground, it would’ve been hard for me to move in,” Michael admitted.
Zach then revealed what it would take for him to move in with Mindy and try to get his marriage back on track.
“Umm, I think coming back from the honeymoon, I think having just valuable time together in a different direction, under a different light, and allowing… me to want to be more a part of her life and moving in together,” Zach shared.
“My biggest fear for you is that if you’re not with her a lot then you’re not going to have those feelings,” Jamie noted. “So that’s just a thought.”
“Understandable,” Zach said.
From the way Married at First Sight has presented Zach and Mindy’s relationship, it appears Zach was the one who refused to move in with Mindy due to his lack of attraction to her. Mindy has claimed on Unfiltered Zach was not taking their marriage seriously.
Mindy has been shown giving the marriage her all and hoping things would take a turn for the better.
In the latest tenth-season episode, Zach was shown making an effort by meeting Mindy and her friends at a game bar. He also showed up for a wine night at what was supposed to be his new, shared apartment with Mindy.
Zach claimed he was hoping he would miss Mindy and want to spend more time with her if they were living apart.
Married at First Sight’s tenth season also stars Katie Conrad and Derek Sherman, Taylor Dunklin and Brandon Reid, and Jessica Studer and Austin Hurd.
Married at First Sight currently airs on Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime.