'Married at First Sight' star Katina Goode defends Alyssa Ellman
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/09/2022
Married at First Sight star Katina Goode has defended Alyssa Ellman, who has been shown completely uninterested in spending time with her new husband Chris Collette on the show's currently-airing season.
Alyssa, 30, and Chris, 35, were matched for matrimony on Season 14 of Married at First Sight by the show's experts Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles and Pastor Calvin Roberson.
On the same day Alyssa and Chris met and got married as strangers, Alyssa determined Chris wasn't her type and she wouldn't be able to get along with an "immature" and opinionated man who is "condescending," has unusual hobbies, and makes comments such as, "I'm Alyssa's side piece."
Alyssa slept in a different hotel room from Chris on their wedding night with no regrets, however, she decided to still go on her honeymoon to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she planned to remain optimistic and look for the light at the end of the tunnel in her marriage to Chris.
But that positive outlook apparently didn't last long.
During the February 2 episode of Married at First Sight: Afterparty, MAFS stars Katina and Lindsey Georgoulis watched back a Season 14 clip of Alyssa crying in a restaurant to a producer while Chris was snubadiving in the ocean.
"I'm mad at my mom right now. I called her and I was like, 'I don't want to go swimming with him!' I was like, 'That's not an activity and I don't feel comfortable doing it,'" Alyssa explains in the clip.
"And she keeps saying to me, like, 'You don't want to come off a certain way on TV.' I'm like, 'I have literally been the nicest person to literally everyone.'"
Alyssa cries and laments in the footage, "I'm stuck here, it's raining, I don't f-cking want to go swimming with him. Like, I'm not happy!"
When Afterparty host Keshia Knight Pulliam asked for Lindsey's thoughts on this clip, Lindsey replied, "Well, I think if you're a nice person you usually don't say that about yourself -- other people do, so."
Katina, however, shared, "I definitely think Alyssa could've went about it in a better way. I know she has a good heart."
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"So to see her come off that way and the world not having a chance to see, like, she actually is a kind person, I think it's just a very sad situation."
Keshia added how "it's unfortunate" both Alyssa and Chris had a negative or unsatisfactory experience on Married at First Sight.
"We don't see them ever talking or ever communicating!" Keshia noted. "So I'm just like, 'How did he do something so horrible and you barely said, 'What's your favorite color?'"
Lindsey said she heard how Alyssa had been "very specific on the vision of the man she wanted," someone tattooed with big muscles, and Chris' physical characteristics did not match the description.
But Chris wasn't ready to give up on his marriage. While he anticipated having differences and incompatibilities, he never thought they would ruin his relationship right off the bat.
Alyssa shared with Chris how she had seen a psychic, who apparently talked to Alyssa about her ideal partner's looks and how she was probably going to end up with a man with very pretty eyes and an eagle tattoo.
Chris laughed at the idea and essentially thought it was ridiculous, but he was getting the feeling Alyssa simply didn't like him and may never warm up to him.
Alyssa had also felt Chris had betrayed her confidence by telling her mother and best friend at the post-wedding brunch how Alyssa didn't seem into him.
"Straight up, this is all bullsh-t!" MAFS star and Katina's husband Olajwuon Dickerson admitted on a previous episode of Afterparty. "I think [Alyssa] got married, she wasn't attracted to him."
Olajuwon also claimed Alyssa "indulged" in the eyebrow-raising comments Chris' groomsmen had made about Chris being condescending and a bit arrogant and argumentative during the couple's wedding reception and ran with them because she was looking for an out from her marriage.
Married at First Sight, which currently airs Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime, also stars Lindsey's husband Mark Maher, Jasmina Outar and Michael Morency, and Steve Moy and Noi Phommasak.