During Tuesday night'sMarried at First Sight: Unfiltered special dubbed Forever Hold Your Peace, Tristan and his Season 7 co-star Danielle Bergman sat down with host Jamie Otis to discuss the moment viewers thought Tristan and Mia's relationship was over for good.
"I had told her, 'If Decision Day was tomorrow, I would say no.' So as soon as we had checked in and got there, it was 1 o'clock in the morning and I fell asleep. Mia is getting up, she's pacing back and forth, she starts having a panic attack, and then she starts crying and gets to the door and was like, 'I thought you would never leave me,'" Tristan recalled of the night Mia had left him alone in their Austin, TX, hotel room and allegedly disappeared.
"And then I was like, 'I'm not, just come back to bed and we'll talk about it in the morning.' And then we get back to bed but she wakes me up and says, 'I want a divorce.' She jets out. So now it's like 2:30 or 3 in the morning, and she turned off her phone and ran away. Fun stuff."
Tristan admitted to Jamie, "In my mind, like, I pretty much knew it was over. I didn't think she was ever going to come back. I was like, 'Yeah, man, it's done, and I'm okay. I've seriously done everything and more. I pushed myself to limits I didn't think were possible. I'm done.'"
Danielle, who is married to Bobby Dodd on the Lifetime show's currently-airing season, then offered her opinion on the incident.
In terms of why Mia threw out divorce as an option, Danielle reasoned, "I think it's a defense type of thing, like, 'I feel Tristan is going to leave me, so I'm going to leave him first -- so I'm not getting left.' That's what I think."
"I don't think that's something [Mia] wanted," Danielle further explained on Unfiltered. "I think she truly does want to have a healthy, functioning relationship. I don't know that she knows how, but I think she was just trying to navigate her way through it."
Tristan confessed it was "incredibly difficult" to handle the constant fights he was having with Mia throughout Married at First Sight's eight-week experiment.
"I choose to believe that everything happens for a reason, and going into this was a leap of faith," Tristan said.
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"The whole thing with the arrest and the arguments, there's a reason for all of this. I can't see it, but that's what faith is. So I'm choosing to believe there is more to Mia than what is being shown right now."