'Married at First Sight' star Michaela: It seems Zack is going out of his way to not resolve our fight
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/15/2021
Married at First Sight star Michaela apparently believes her husband Zack was going out of his way to not resolve their first fight as a couple.
Michaela and Zack's marriage started off on a high note, with both spouses convinced they had wed their perfect match. But after Zack's COVID-19 diagnosis and about a week apart, their relationship started to crumble.
During the September 8 episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Michaela watched back a Season 13 clip of Zack dishing his feelings about their first explosive fight after the couple had hosted a successful housewarming party together in their new Houston apartment.
Still coping from the fallout of Michaela's anger and overreaction to his lack of communication while running errands one morning, Zack tells his wife in the clip, "Why not take a step back for a second because we have a fundamental difference in how we handle certain things that it's too big of a difference for me right now."
Michaela replies, "I already apologized and I've admitted that I was f-cking wrong."
"I don't know how to make you understand that this is something new to me," she explains. "I'm not saying you're wrong and I'm not saying you're right, but I'm saying that I'm sorry!"
Zack proceeds to ask Michaela if she's staying at their apartment that evening, and she says, "Yes."
"I honestly don't want to," Zack admits.
"Alright, that's fine," Michaela says.
"I don't want to," Zack reiterates, before Michaela walks away and shuts herself inside their bedroom.
After watching the footage back, Michaela told Unfiltered host Jamie Otis, "Obviously it sucks because I remember that night and my feelings were hurt."
"I was like, 'I'm trying to apologize. I'm trying to communicate with you. I'm trying to figure it out.' And he's just not letting up on me."
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Michaela acknowledged, "I get over stuff really quickly, [quicker] than, I guess, the average person and my husband."
Jamie -- who starred on Season 1 of Married at First Sight and is still married to her match, Doug Hehner -- therefore asked Michaela, "Does it feel like Zack is going out of his way not to resolve this issue?"
"Yeah," Michaela noted. "It's like I can't get back from what I did wrong. To him, I am my mistakes."
Jamie pointed out, "That sucks," and then two of Michaela's Married at First Sight co-stars, Gil Cuero and Ryan, shared their perspectives on the situation.
"I understand that she's apologetic, but you know, for Zack, what it seems like, it takes him some time," Gil reasoned.
"And like [Michaela] says, she gets over it a lot quicker. And that's where I think the miscommunication is, is that, 'Okay, you get over it quicker but I don't, so I need to adjust a little bit.'"
And Ryan could apparently empathize with Michaela.
"I think you handled yourself well," Ryan shared, before joking, "You shut the door slow and didn't slam the door."
Jamie poked fun at the "hurricane" side of Michaela's personality, but Michaela assured viewers with a big smile, "That wasn't 'Hurricane Chae' at all! That was just a light mist."
After the cast members laughed, Ryan continued, "I mean, you apologized, you didn't escalate the situation, and you walked away when you needed to walk away."
Jamie added, "And obviously of course your feelings are hurt because... you bounce back from your issues differently and he just needs time."
Michaela, however, was holding out hope she and Zack could eventually bounce back from their fight.
"I do, I have a little bit of hope that we'll be able to figure it out," Michaela said.
"We had such an amazing wedding and for the first few days of our honeymoon when we were together, we had an amazing time."
Michaela went on to suggest that "real life" is very different from the fairy-tale way her marriage to Zack had started out, when the pair were completely smitten with each other and in total bliss about their seemingly-perfect union.
"I do understand that now we're in real life, and I'm stressed out and it's weird and this is a stranger," Michaela admitted on Unfiltered.
"So I know that I still have to go back and jump back in and not do the things that I would do before. And so I'm trying that out."
During the latest Season 13 episode of Married at First Sight, Michaela admitted to Zack that he was justified in feeling hurt and abandoned when she chose to pack up and leave their apartment following their first disagreement.
Michaela insisted she was "all in" and really wanted to make their marriage work.
But Zack shared with Michaela how he worried their relationship was going to be a repeat of his past -- when ex-girlfriends would have dramatic and outlandish reactions to events -- and their problem was bigger than communication.
"It's how we handle conflict," Zack said. "And that's something I don't know how we can change. I'm honestly scared to tell you how I feel right now, because I'm scared you'll blow up."