Viviana, who was one of three experts to match Chris and Alyssa as stranger spouses on Married at First Sight's fourteenth season, recently took to Twitter with a lengthy statement about Chris and Alyssa's relationship and why it appears she and her fellow experts, Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Pastor Calvin Roberson, did not intervene and help Chris.
Viviana began her speech by pointing out how she's an "actual relationship therapist" and has been for 19 years.
"I have seen healthy and unhealthy behaviors in my office and, being human, I have wanted to 'rescue/save/remove/kick out' partners from their marriages. But I can't," Viviana wrote in a February 9 Twitter post.
"Truth is, when you're talking about consenting adults, there is very very little I or anyone can do other than advise and counsel and talk... about what you hope for them and point out what I, as their trusted professional see is unhealthy/abusive."
In Alyssa and Chris' situation, they've only been married for one week at this point in the show. After tying the knot, the five Season 14 Married at First Sight couples spent about five days in San Juan, Puerto Rico for their honeymoon.
"Neither has VERBALLY decided to leave the marriage or the process," Viviana said of Chris and Alyssa.
"It's fair to assume that based off of what we all saw on [the February 9] episode, both Alyssa and Chris do not currently feel that there is really any hope that their marriage could end up more than a marriage on paper."
"It's a legally binding marriage, and they are contractually obligated to allow the producers to document at least part of it," Viviana explained on Twitter.
"We are all in a bit of a holding pattern while we all, including the 3 matchmakers, wait on either [of] their decisions. It made/makes my head/heart hurt when this happens in any of the relationships I've witnessed."
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Viviana pointed out how "being in limbo is just terrible."
"And before I move onto my thoughts on what Alyssa MAY be thinking, I have to say that I'm super relieved and pleased to see that everyone is jointly on the same page about what a healthy relationship DOES NOT look like," Viviana noted.
"And I'm glad y'all are all just as eager to see these 2 get to a better place asap."
Viviana then moved on to her "thoughts" about Alyssa's "current actions" on the show.
"My thoughts are -- Alyssa wants the love of a lifetime just like everyone else who decides to apply to be #MAFS. And I felt that from the moment we all got to meet her through the matchmaking process," Viviana shared.
"But what NONE OF US can ever predict is what happens when you don't immediately feel the stomach flip. It's the reason why the 3 of us are clutching our phones when the weddings are taking place and repeatedly asking for updates in real time."
Viviana tweeted that even when a spouse feels butterflies, the "worrying doesn't end" on the part of the show's experts.
"I believe Alyssa went into this with all the good intentions and I THINK, like so many others, she thought, 'Well if it doesn't work out with us, at least I can meet amazing women and we will join the ranks of all the other #mafsbrides who came before us and make the best of it,'" Viviana reasoned.
"I actually think that is not the worst way to look at this process."
Viviana proceeded to put a big "BUT" in her next tweet.
"BUT because at the point [Alyssa] is refusing to communicate with her husband, she is refusing to be respectful to him, and she is disrespecting the process that has produced many loving families, I'm hopeful that this awful situation will be addressed accordingly," Viviana wrote.
"I have never had any reason to believe that anyone involved with this process is into this. But I guess you'll have to see for yourselves."
Viviana then thanked fans for their passion and interest in love, which she believes is what makes "the world go round."
Viviana was accused of defending Alyssa in her series of posts, which prompted the relationship therapist to reply to many tweets.
"Please share where I excused her behavior?" Viviana wrote to one person.
And the doctor wrote to another Twitter user, "[Alyssa] told Chris that they gave her the option to leave and she chose not to."
Viviana replied to a third fan, "How am I defending her?"
She also insisted that Chris saw exactly what was happening during the filming process and so he was not being "gaslit" by Alyssa.
Viviana also explained how working on Married at First Sight is different from her everyday profession as a therapist in Houston, TX.
"Advice-giving on TV is very different than the work we do as professionals in our practices. I do as much as I am permitted and the participants are aware of that. It's difficult," Viviana wrote to someone on Twitter.
"And they aren't my children," Viviana added in reply to one of her critics. "So I can't come in and swoop them up and take them home."
In addition, Viviana wrote to other trolls, "I have zero say in what is filmed or shown or not shown [on TV]," and she thinks the Alyssa and Chris situation is "very sad" and certainly not "cute."
"'Cute' isn't even close to what I think about this situation," Viviana noted in one of her Twitter replies.
Only hours after their wedding ceremony, Alyssa determined that Chris wasn't her type and they weren't a good match for a number of alleged reasons.
Alyssa therefore slept in a different hotel room from her husband on their wedding night and managed to keep her distance from Chris for the majority of their honeymoon in San Juan, except for a couple of physical activities here or there such as paddleboarding.
Instead of trying to talk to Chris and get to know him better, Alyssa appeared to shut down -- and she could barely tolerate her husband.
At one point, Alyssa even criticized Chris' "aggressive" hand gestures when talking to producers.
"I do not want to talk to him! I hate him!" Alyssa yelled at a producer. "He's a f-cking assh-le! He's disrespectful and he's rude and he's doing me dirty."
Alyssa continued to lament, "It's f-cking disgusting that a man is treating a woman like that, who's been nothing but nice to him! I am a good person and if I don't come off that way on the show, I'm going to be f-cking pissed!"
At the end of the honeymoon, Alyssa told Chris that she didn't want to live with him once they returned to Boston, MA. Alyssa offered for Chris to live in their new apartment for two weeks by himself and then she'd get the place for the last two weeks of the experiment.
Chris, however, wasn't interested in pursuing the process while living separately, and so he asked Alyssa to decide whether she was at least one percent in when it came to working on their marriage or totally out.
Chris agreed to continue working on the relationship as long as Alyssa would be willing, but she refused to give him a straight answer and said she needed more time to think.