'Married at First Sight' star Steve Moy explains why Noi doesn't have to worry about him getting a job or having enough money
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/13/2022
Married at First Sight star Steve Moy has explained why Noi Phommasak doesn't have to worry about him getting a job and having enough savings.
Noi, 33, and Steve, 38, were matched by Married at First Sight experts Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles, and Pastor Calvin Roberson to tie the knot as strangers on the Lifetime reality series' fourteenth season.
On last Wednesday's episode of Married at First Sight: Afterparty, Steve watched back a Season 14 clip of him telling Noi that he was "not opposed to working a full-time position" if she wanted him to but he might have other opportunities such as an entrepreneurial venture as well.
Steve told Afterparty host Keshia Knight Pulliam, "From time to time, we've had all types of conversations. For me, it's like, if I go back into my career, is it back in sales engineering, is it in software development, or is it something independent?"
Steve revealed, "I've built apps from scratch. I've had phone apps and started my own companies. I've done different things like that. So there's always possibilities and I always have dreams in my head that I would like to pursue."
Steve therefore confirmed he had these conversations with Noi but it was "difficult to get feedback" from her.
On last week's Afterparty episode, Noi was a guest and Keshia asked her what number she'd need to see in Steve's savings bank account her to feel safe in the relationship and secure about their future together.
"What number do you think she said?" Keshia asked Steve.
"If she's thinking about, 'Is he going to run out of money and maybe I would have to support him,' or something like that, if that's the actual fear, a fear of hitting the bottom, then somewhere between zero and tens of thousands," Steve guessed.
Noi and Steve fell hard and fast for each other and appeared to be the strongest couple on the show one month into the extreme experiment.
But Steve's refusal to get a part-time or full-time job began presenting problems in their relationship, especially since Steve -- a former sales engineer who claimed he was in a good place financially -- expected Noi to take on some of their household chores while she was working full-time as a talent acquisition coordinator.
Noi admitted she was starting to pull back from Steve with three weeks to go until "Decision Day" because they were "starting to have a lot of arguments and disagreements."
Noi putting walls up was evident when she said she wouldn't want to live with Steve after Decision Day because she wouldn't feel comfortable totally combining their lives after only a couple months of being married.
The root of the issue seemed to be Noi's annoyance with Steve's alleged lack of motivation and ambition professionally.
Noi also envisioned welcoming three children with Steve someday, and she always thought her husband would be a provider for her family.
While out to lunch one day with her sister, Noi lamented, "What?! I'm going to pick up more housework so you can have less?! And then what else are you going to do?"
Noi said she'd be happy if Steve even worked a part-time job, and she suggested that her husband didn't have his stuff together. Noi said she never thought she'd date -- nevermind marry -- a man like that.
Meanwhile, Steve thought he was contributing heavily to the marriage, and he kept insisting he would support Noi and always be secure financially. Steve has said that if he needed to take a job for income, he absolutely would.
"I'm contributing three or four times as much. I'm not asking [Noi] to contribute more, so in the now, I don't think there's a problem," Steve explained to his co-star Mark Maher on a recent Season 14 broadcast.
"But I think there's a perception problem and I think there's a future problem."
Steve thought he had proven -- through "verbal and physical expressions of love" -- how committed he was to Noi in their marriage.
On the show's latest episode, Noi confessed to Steve that she sometimes thought she deserved better in their marriage, and so the pair finally sat down and talked about their concerns and finances.
It seemed the couple arrived at a gameplan and felt good about the situation, including trying for a child within one year, but Noi said she would only grow to trust that Steve could take care of her once she saw it in his actions rather than just his words.
Married at First Sight's fourteenth season also stars Mark's wife Lindsey Georgoulis, Jasmina Outar and Michael Morency, and Olajuwon Dickerson and Katina Good.
The season's fifth couple, Alyssa Ellman and Chris Collette, haven't been featured on the show in awhile because they had decided to divorce only one week into the extreme experiment.