'Married at First Sight' star Henry Rodriguez: Christina is impatient and looks to blame, my effort was better than she felt
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/15/2020
Married at First Sight star Henry Rodriguez says Christina is impatient and just looking for someone to blame, adding that he believes he put more effort into their marriage than Christina gave him credit for.
Henry, a 35-year-old clinical recruiter from Arabi, LA, and Christina, a 30-year-old flight attendant from Houma, LA, were matched by Married at First Sight experts Pastor Calvin Roberson, Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Dr. Viviana Coles to wed on Season 11 of the Lifetime reality series.
During the September 9 episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Henry watched back a Season 11 clip in which Christina complained she was putting a lot of work into making their apartment a home with little appreciation or gratitude from Henry.
"I think you're just impatient... I've been frustrated," Henry vented to Christina after she asked him for an occasional "thank you."
"I think I've said from the beginning I'm uncomfortable. This is something I would never, ever do in a thousand years. My friends are like, 'What the hell are you doing?'"
"What the hell ARE you doing?" Christina countered in the clip.
"Look, I get it. I'm not going to sit here and say I've given 100 percent. But I think she has the tendency to think she puts 100 percent in and I don't. I don't think the gap is quite as wide as she thinks," Henry reasoned.
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Henry's Married at First Sight co-stars Woody Randall and Miles Williams also appeared on the Unfiltered broadcast, and Woody was asked to share his thoughts on the clip of Henry and Christina arguing.
"For me in my seat, I hate to say it like this, but it seemed like -- I hate to say this, Christina, I'm sorry -- but she sounded like she was picking, like she was just having a bad day and she wanted her husband as well to have a bad day with her," Woody admitted.
"But Henry just didn't process, like, 'Oh, I'm going to have a bad day with you' in this moment, and she was just like, 'Yeah, you're going to have a bad day now!'"
Woody's perspective on the fight made both Miles and Henry crack up laughing.
Christina, an outgoing and adventurous traveler, was matched to wed Henry, a quiet and reserved gentleman who had never left the United States, by the Married at First Sight experts.
The complete opposites found themselves trying to force a connection on and after their wedding day, and Christina has been shown begging Henry to talk to her, open up, and initiate physical intimacy on the show.
When Christina was asked to rate her marriage on a scale from 1-10 during her honeymoon, she gave it a six, and Henry appeared annoyed every time Christina would complain about her food at a restaurant or lash out at the production team for their filming requirements.
When the pair met with Pastor Cal in a recent episode for a counseling session, Henry admitted his past relationships moved faster because "a certain type of chemistry just existed."
Pastor Cal told Henry that Christina has some "fire in her gut" and "a little diva to her" as well as some "sass" -- all of which could be good for Henry.
But Henry admitted he and Christina are very different people, and he grew more frustrated with his wife acting impatient and rude, saying it was "a turnoff" for him.
"You can get out of this. Why aren't you getting out of this right now?" Christina asked her husband in a recent episode.
"I'm not saying I want out of it," Henry replied. "I've said from the beginning -- things are as big as you make them. That's it. If that rubs off on you, then it does. If it doesn't, it doesn't."
Following a second fight in which Christina accused Henry of asking "surface" questions when she was trying to get to know him better, Henry walked out of their apartment and said he needed some space.
"I really don't care," Henry vented while walking down the hallway of his apartment building. "I'm f-cking done."
In the latest Married at First Sightepisode, however, Christina explained to Henry she had stopped taking her medication for ADHD and that probably contributed to her apparent irritability.
With Henry's support and understanding, Christina said she would get back on the medication although members of her immediate family are against taking prescription pills. Henry told Christina that he had hope her "attitude" would change.
Christina believed Henry brought her back down to earth, so she told the cameras she was starting to discover why she and Henry were matched. The pair later bonded over a game of golf and a salsa-dancing lesson.
Henry, impressed by Christina's golf game, said in a confessional, "It reminded of everything that I like about her. I think she's fairly genuine. She's a pretty free spirit... and she's not scared of making a decision. I think I can learn from it."