'Married at First Sight' couple Katina Goode and Olajuwon Dickerson have split up and ended their marriage
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/11/2022
Married at First Sight couple Katina Goode and Olajuwon Dickerson have announced that their marriage is over and they've broken up.
Katina and Olajuwon -- who tied the knot on Married at First Sight's fourteenth season, which aired earlier this year -- took to Instagram on Friday, November 11 and posted a joint statement about how they're both single again.
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The strangers matched for matrimony by show experts had an immediate attraction and learned each other's wants and needs, but Katina had to step it up in the cooking and cleaning department in order to reach her husband's high expectations of his ideal wife.
Olajuwon admitted not having a wife who cooks well would be a huge sacrifice for him because "Katina doesn't have that skill... She can't cook."
And Katina confessed, "I told the experts I didn't want a passive man, but I think I got more than I bargained for."
Despite a couple of bumps in the road, including a big fight over Katina having an old dating app on her phone, Olajuwon and Katina appeared to be falling in love and in a great place heading into Decision Day.
During the April 20 episode of Married at First Sight: Afterparty, Olajuwon said that if he and Katina got a divorce, it would be out of "care for Katina's own personal goals in life." She wanted to continue nursing school, and Olajuwon wasn't sure if she'd be ready to study, travel and have kids all at the same time.
But Katina determined on Decision Day their different timelines were not a dealbreaker for her, adding, "I want to stay married to you because I feel like our marriage needs more time than just the eight weeks."
In turn, Olajuwon said he loved the chemistry he had with his wife, and he gushed, "I love who you are as a person, I love to be around you, and your effort is what made me overlook all those things... There's no way I could ignore your effort."
Olajuwon therefore opted to remain married as well, saying he had a lot of respect for Katina.
After Decision Day, the pair consummated their marriage, and the reunion special featured Olajuwon sharing how watching himself back on Married at First Sight was very eye-opening and taught him how to become a better man.
Olajuwon proposed marriage to Katina with what appeared to be a diamond ring, and Katina cried tears of joy. Olajuwon also thanked his wife for having his back and not leaving him in light of backlash and criticism from show fans.
On the Married at First Sight: Where Are They Now? special for Season 14, Olajuwon and Katina were finding their new rhythm as spouses. They said they were actually spending too much time together, and so Olajuwon and Katina agreed to spend one night a week with their respective friends or family members.
Olajuwon gushed about being in love, and Katina was happy Olajuwon had come around to more of a 50/50 partnership.
In late May 2022, Olajuwon posted an Instagram slideshow of photos with Katina and captioned it, "The one who loves you will NEVER leave you, Even if there's hundred reason to give up, They will find one reason to hold on!"
Katina also sweetly wrote to her husband on Instagram around that same time, "I can't wait for what God has in store for us."
"Thank you for growing with me, building with me & loving me. I am so proud of the man you continue to strive to be. Thank you for not giving up on us, and showing up in this marriage every day," she added.
Married at First Sight is about to wrap up another season, with its "Where Are They Now?" special for Season 15 airing next week on Lifetime.