'Married at First Sight' star Dave Flaherty: I really downplayed my religion during casting, it's more important to me than I realized
By Reality TV World staff, 08/28/2018
Married at First Sight star Dave Flaherty admits he downplayed his religion during the Season 7 casting process and wishes he had better communicated the importance of his beliefs to the experts.
"I really downplayed it through the interview process. It's something that is probably a little more important to me than I realized," Dave told host Jamie Otis on last week's Married at First Sight: Unfiltered broadcast.
As previously shown on Married at First Sight's seventh season, Dave is a faith-filled Christian who seemed disappointed and disheartened when he discovered his wife at first sight, Amber Martorana, does not hold strong beliefs in a higher power.
In bonus footage that aired during last week's Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Pastor Calvin Roberson recalled Dave identifying himself as a Christian during the casting process.
But at the time of his initial interviews with the experts, Dave said he did not practice his religion, nor was it necessary for him to marry someone with the same faith or religious background.
"I think Amber is a little surprised you just made a recent move towards having a stronger faith," Calvin told Dave in the bonus footage.
"It wasn't something that I anticipated," Dave admitted to Calvin. "One challenge in this marriage would be that Amber is not religious."
"I don't think we disagree or have different views; it's just I don't accept Jesus Christ and follow the Bible," Amber said in the bonus footage.
"I'm not going to be the guy who goes to church every Sunday. But I want it to be something that influences my life and my kids' lives, and when it seemed to be something Amber was so opposed to, I think that was what was really concerning to me."
"I don't think Dave recognized how truly important his faith was to him back then. We didn't see a stark difference when matching [Dave with Amber]. It didn't look that stark as it does while it's unfolding here," Jessica explained.
"I think with all of this, and in this marriage, we are going to have to work on things," Dave said. "We're going to have to talk about things and rely on the experts' advice and guidance."
Dave clarified, however, he had no hesitation or reservations about staying married to Amber in light of this subject.