During Wednesday night's episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Michael watched a clip back of himself explaining to Meka how he desires physical intimacy in relationships not just for the act of sex itself but rather because he was adopted and missed out on motherly affection.
Michael said being intimate was about that close connection and being vulnerable, but Meka called him out for contradicting himself.
"Do you trust Meka?" Unfiltered host Jamie Otis asked Michael.
After hesitating and letting out an audible sigh, Michael replied, "Umm, no."
"I don't. I think with the move-in, it just kind of made things easier, but the moment where I felt like I was crying and being vulnerable and stepped up to share a piece of myself that I hadn't yet shared with my wife, there was really no level of care or comfort that was given to me in that situation."
"It kind of just felt like I was alone and by myself on an island," Michael added.
Married at First Sight star Taylor Dunklin joined Michael on Unfiltered and chimed in, "Maybe [Meka] would show that emotion if she could trust you. So it's just you guys are not, like, seeing eye to eye."
Jamie pointed out there seemed to be a communication issue between Michael and Meka.
For Meka's part, she didn't trust Michael either because of an alleged ultimatum he had given her off camera while they were flying on a plane to Panama for their honeymoon.
Meka alleged that Michael had said if they didn't consummate their marriage by the end of the honeymoon, he would probably want out of their relationship.
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(Meka was upset because Michael had told her loved ones he had no expectations for sex and would patiently follow Meka's lead).
Meka firmly stood by what she had heard once cameras turned back on, but Michael wouldn't confirm or deny on the show what his exact words were.
Instead, Michael just insisted he was trying to be direct and straightforward with his wife in their discussion about intimacy in order to avoid problems or confusion in the future.
"Michael, what's it like hearing that Meka doesn't trust you? Do you think you did anything to take that trust away?" Jamie asked on Unfiltered.
"At this point in the marriage, I think there were definitely mistakes that I made in the marriage that kind of delayed our level of trust," Michael said.
"And I think that's the hard part. We're really trying to adjust on the fly, and sometimes that's really hard to do when you really don't know where the other person is coming from and you're still trying to figure out exactly how that looks up and how that's going to show up for you."
"So clearly both of their communication styles are wildly different. We've seen a couple of times now where Michael -- and we just heard him talking -- he's very cerebral. He's very kind of aware of how to organize his thoughts," Zach explained.
"And I think with trust being so tangible, I don't think he can trust his ability to communicate to her and her actually hear him. Because every time he says something to her about his vulnerability and feelings, she has an answer waiting to reply."
Zach added, "And she's very combative and defensive."
Taylor, however, stood up for Meka and told Zach, "You see combative but I see defensive because you already broke my trust, so now I'm being defensive. I don't see her being combative."
Jamie pointed out Meka is a "confident woman" and so she may come across as combative just because she says what's on her mind.
Jamie then asked Michael whether he was holding out hope for the success of his relationship with Meka.
"I mean, definitely," Michael responded.
"I think, like I said, we definitely had a rough go the first week but we still decided to move forward and move in together and kind of reconfigure out our relationship."
"And even after this hurdle," he continued, "it's again, just about getting back to the foundation and figuring out -- to Zach's point -- the best way to communicate so everybody feels like they're being heard. So yeah."
Following their disagreement in Panama on Married at First Sight's tenth season, Meka and Michael determined they wanted their marriage to work and so they enjoyed an excursion and started to bond on a friendship level.
Michael told his wife he was really beginning to care for her and had high hopes for their relationship.
When the couple returned to Washington, D.C. they continued to get to know each other better and both determined they'd like to wear their wedding rings again as a sign of commitment. The couple then had fun together hosting a party for their family and friends at their new apartment.