'Married at First Sight' star Henry Rodriguez: I don't think Christina was ready for marriage eight months after a toxic long-term relationship
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/25/2020
Married at First Sight star Henry Rodriguez says he doesn't believe his wife Christina was ready for marriage after ending a long-term toxic relationship only eight months prior to the start of the extreme experiment.
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 Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles and Pastor Calvin Roberson to wed on Season 11 of the Lifetime reality series.
During Wednesday night's episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Henry watched back a clip in which Amani warned Christina that Henry had said impatience is "a dealbreaker" for him in relationships. Christina was upset because she had never heard that from Henry directly.
"You know, the impatience is a big factor because it was a red flag pretty early on," Henry responded.
"Probably the biggest thing for me up to this point is the fact that I had a number of my guests during my wedding come up to me and [say] they talked to some of her guests and the main thing they talked about was that eight months ago, she was in a toxic relationship -- a long-term relationship -- with this guy in California."
"I mean, even if it was a five-year healthy relationship, I'd question how ready you are to marry a stranger eight months later," he admitted.
Although Henry and Christina got off to a rough start to marriage because their dynamic was initially awkward and uncomfortable, the pair bonded when Henry taught Christina how to play gold and she in turn took him to a salsa-dancing class.
Henry told several of his Married at First Sight co-stars in a recent episode that Christina looked "sexy" while showing off her salsa moves.
Jamie therefore asked Henry if his attraction was growing towards Christina at this point in the experiment.
"Yeah, I definitely think the salsa class helped. She took charge. She was, like, really confident during it," Henry shared.
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"In dancing, you know, I'm the one that should be taking charge, but clearly I struggle with that -- not just on the dance floor," said Henry, who previously voiced on Unfiltered that he's been attracted to aggressive women in his past.
"But yeah, I definitely think it's, you know, an attractive trait."
Christina also admitted during last week's episode she was starting to like her husband at this point in the Married at First Sight process.
"Every day, I see something new about Henry that makes him more and more adorable," she said on the show.
When asked how Christina's sudden onset of feelings made Henry feel, Henry joked on Unfiltered, "Warm and fuzzy on the inside."
"I mean, we had fun. But at that time, the gravity of everything just felt like it was on my shoulders. And so, you know, it was a struggle and I was hoping that when we came back to New Orleans, things would improve a little bit."
"And it feels like we're starting to get to know each other a little bit more. And yeah, hopefully the more she gets to know me, the more she likes me!" Henry added.
Christina, an adventurous flight attendant, and Henry, a quiet and reserved gentleman who had never left the United States, found themselves trying to force a connection after their wedding, and Christina has been shown begging Henry to talk to her, open up, and initiate physical intimacy to progress their relationship.
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 sassy Christina has some "fire in her gut" and "a little diva to her" that he could benefit from, but Henry was hung up on the fact Christina allegedly had the tendency to be very impatient and rude to the show's production team.
Since Henry was so standoffish and guarded, Christina confronted her husband about his intentions three weeks into their marriage.
"Do you even see a future with me?" asked Christina, who was very disappointed in Henry's lack of communication with her. "I need to know if you're not into me."
"If you're asking me to make a decision right now, like, no," Henry replied.
"Then why even stick around?" Christina asked.
"If I'm going to make my choice now, then I don't see the point of the process. We have a lot of differences, like, the way we live," Henry shared, adding, "I don't know [if I can get over that], but I'm willing to try, even though it doesn't seem like it."
As Christina slowly proved she could be more patient, Henry revealed he was finally starting to feel chemistry with his wife and could see "a lot of potential" between them.
Henry therefore found it easier to open up and be vulnerable with his wife, and Dr. Viviana asked the couple to express themselves both physically and emotionally whenever possible.
Viviana didn't want to see the couple get stuck in the friendzone., so she asked both of them not to hold back.
During the latest episode of Married at First Sight, Henry took offense when Christina said a man with a lack of confidence is a dealbreaker for her (considering Henry clearly struggles in that area), but she vowed to help take Henry out of his "unconfident world."