'Married at First Sight' star Michaela: Bao was two-faced and would tear Johnny apart behind his back
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/20/2021
Married at First Sight star Michaela Clark claims Bao Huong Hoang was two-faced during the experiment and would tear her husband Johnny Lam apart behind his back.
Both Michaela and Johnny -- whose marriages to Zack Freeman and Bao, respectively, are crumbling on the currently-airing thirteenth season of Married at First Sight -- appeared on the October 13 episode ofMarried at First Sight: Unfiltered.
Neither Michaela or Johnny seemed happy during the talk-show style episode, and Unfiltered host Jamie Otis asked them to watch back a Season 13 clip of one of Bao's counseling sessions with Married at First Sight expert, Pastor Calvin Roberson.
"I honestly feel like Johnny is already 80 percent out the door," Bao confides in Pastor Cal.
"He's thrown quite a few darts your way and said some pretty ugly things," Pastor Cal replies.
A montage of Johnny insults proceeds to play, showing how Johnny once told Bao that her giddy-childlike excitement was unattractive to him and he would've broken up with her had they just been dating and not married.
Johnny also told Bao at one point in the process, "I wish I had been matched with literally anyone else."
Bao therefore laments to Pastor Cal, "I just don't know why he feels like he has to cut me down."
Jamie -- who starred on Season 1 of Married at First Sight and is still married to her match, Doug Hehner -- asked Michaela if it was surprising to see this footage since she had gotten to know both Bao and Johnny pretty well while filming the show in Houston, TX.
"What I appreciate about Johnny is that, while his language may have been a little bit better, he was consistent all around," Michaela shared.
"Bao would kind of, like, teeter. She would, you know, tear him apart when talking about him in the background, but then when it's [to his] face, it's like all well and good."
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When asked if Bao had ever spoken badly about Johnny to her personally, Michaela alleged, "Yeah, all the time. So that cutting down stuff, like her saying..."
"What does she say then?" Jamie asked, interrupting Michaela's train of thought.
"I don't want to say what she says," Michaela firmly responded.
Johnny then interjected, "I've heard from other wives it's always that I'm a bad husband and everything is my fault..."
"Yeah," Michaela agreed.
"That this isn't working out," Johnny finished his claim. "[Bao] needs to put on a certain image for herself because she knows hundreds of thousands of people are going to see this [show] and she needs to come across a certain way."
Johnny insisted, "I don't know who she is when there is no pressure of that. I have no clue. The tiny bit of optimism I have is that, 'What if we remove the experiment?'"
But Jamie -- who suggested a couple can stay together on "Decision Day" to work on things without being head-over-heels in love with each other -- pointed out how Bao believed Johnny had been "very critical" of her in their marriage.
"All I'm doing is expressing myself," Johnny explained. "If I feel a certain way, I just put it on the table. That's all I can do."
The couple, however, disagreed on whether to take sex out of the equation. While Bao desired romance and physical touch, Johnny was pushing back in order to establish emotional trust and intimacy first.
"I feel Johnny is not happy because he doesn't want to be! Johnny does not want to put in the work to make the marriage work, and I honestly feel if Johnny doesn't figure this sh-t out for himself, he's not going to be happy in any relationship," Bao said in a confessional.
But came to the realization she and Johnny just have "different expectations" of married life, which would be hard to overcome, and she was "feeling checked out" of the relationship.
"From my end, I just feel like I married a man that was not ready for marriage. He cuts me down at every opportunity, he doesn't appreciate Bao, and I'm done feeling unappreciated," Bao complained, adding that she felt "cheated out of a perfectly-good marriage."
Johnny later apologized for the nasty things he had said to Bao in the past, but she wasn't sure if he was being genuine.
Bao demanded Johnny's respect and for him to treat her better, but Johnny wasted no time in expressing his true feelings once again.
"I knew coming into this with you, that chemistry wasn't there the first time," Johnny told Bao, referencing how the pair had been acquaintances for 15 years prior to their wedding day.
"I wasn't attracted to you," Johnny confessed. "Otherwise, we would have gone on a second date."
Bao told her fellow Married at First Sight brides during a subsequent volleyball game that Johnny was "mean" to her when he wasn't happy.
Meanwhile, Michaela decided to move out of her shared apartment with Zack after the pair got into an argument about their "Decision Day" thoughts. Zack slept the night away from Michaela, which apparently angered her and left her feeling abandoned.
Married at First Sight's thirteenth season, which currently airs on Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime, also stars Myrla Feria and Gil Cuero, Ryan Ignasiak and Brett, and Rachel Gordillo and Jose San Miguel.