'Married at First Sight' star Michaela: Zack doesn't really care about me, every time I try and leave he just love-bombs me
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/21/2021
Married at First Sight star Michaela Clark insists Zack Freeman didn't really care about her and every time she tried to leave him, he would drop love bombs on her to get her back.
Married at First Sight's currently-airing thirteenth season has shown Michaela and Zack's relationship falling apart, and on the October 13 episode of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Michaela watched back footage showing the aftermath of a big fight she had with Zack.
Michaela watched a clip of Zack videochatting on Zoom with his brothers, including Toliver, who confirmed Michaela had never reached out to him when they were supposed to hang out that day.
"So let me just kind of give you what happened. One thing we talked about was, 'If Decision Day were today, what would we say?' And we both said we would say 'no.' So I get back to the apartment, and she's like, 'Well, I want to sleep in separate beds,'" Zack explains to his brother.
"I was like, 'Okay, fine, whatever. But if we're sleeping in separate beds, then I want to go back to my place tonight to sleep, because I want to sleep in a nice bed.'"
Zack goes on to say, "So she texts me literally an hour later, 'Hey, since you left the apartment -- which is not what I wanted at all when requesting separate beds -- I am going to go ahead and move out fully tomorrow morning.' And she moved out. She packed up everything. And I just realized she took the seasonings and sh-t!"
Toliver called the situation "annoying" and accused Michaela of being "childish, rude and disrespectful."
Unfiltered host Jamie Otis -- who starred on Season 1 of Married at First Sight and is still married to her match, Doug Hehner -- admitted she was "confused" by the whole situation and what really happened.
"So, Zack knows that I have abandonment issues and I have triggers, right?" Michaela began.
"And this is the first time, again, that I'm finally speaking up and asking [or] making a request, 'We have two beds in this apartment so sleep in a separate bed.'"
Michaela recalled Zack saying if they were going to sleep in separate beds, he'd rather return to his former apartment and sleep there alone.
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"And I was like, 'No, that's not what I want,'" Michaela continued. "That same night, I am literally calling him and he's ignoring my phone call. He knows that I'm calling him!"
Michaela alleged that her phone calls eventually turned into text messages as well.
"I texted him [that message he read to his brother in the clip] and I said, 'I'm triggered and now this is the only way I know I'm self-protecting -- I'm moving out,'" Michaela shared.
"So I move out and I take only what I purchased. If that happens to be the spices, that happens to be the spices! And I would do it again!"
Michaela told Jamie that after she packed up her belongings and moved out of the Houston, TX, apartment -- which was provided for the couple by Married at First Sight production -- Michaela claimed, "I don't hear from Zack all day. I am literally in a panic, anxiety-attack mode."
Michaela insisted she also "did not cancel" on Zack's brothers.
"My sister [canceled the gathering]," Michaela noted, suggesting that her family had her back.
"Now, I also didn't hear from Zack until after he talked to his brothers. He called me saying, 'Why did you cancel the meeting with my brothers?!' And I'm like, 'What?!' Because I didn't know the meeting had happened."
Michaela said she was "literally speechless and shaking" at the time because she was so upset.
"And my sister was like, 'No, no, no.' He's not even asking how I'm doing or what headspace I'm in. He doesn't care! So all of that is performative," Michaela concluded.
Michaela borrowed the term "performative" from Married at First Sight expert, Dr. Viviana Coles, who had suggested during an earlier Unfiltered segment that Zack had been performative when promising Michaela that he would "do whatever it takes" to make their marriage work.
When considering all the ups and downs the couple had been through, as well as the more recent drama, Jamie asked Michaela, "What keeps you coming back?"
"For me, I keep getting love-bombed," Michaela claimed.
"And so any time I try to disappear, it's, 'No, no, no, no, no! Come back!' Like, what do you want from me?! Every time I try to leave, he nosedives back in on me."
Michaela, as a result, was left wondering, "Well, does he want this [after all]?"
"I'm confused," Michaela concluded.
Jamie agreed, "Me and you together!"
Zack lamented on Married at First Sight's thirteenth season, which currently airs on Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime, "Seeing Michaela move out for the second time, it's definitely challenging."
Michaela previously moved out on Zack once before when he had failed to communicate his whereabouts while running errands one morning.
"I don't know if it's something I can overcome because this is the type of [dramatic] reaction that I have trouble with [in relationships]," Zack complained in the episode, adding, "This is literally insanity."