'MAFS' Season 16: Shaquille left flustered after bride Kirsten refuses to kiss him at wedding reception

'MAFS' Season 16: Shaquille left flustered after bride Kirsten refuses to kiss him at wedding reception
Kirsten and Shaquille in 'MAFS' Season 16 episode 3 (Lifetime)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: One of the cast members of the new season of 'Married at First Sight' seems to want to take things slowly. Bride Kirsten refuses to kiss her husband Shaquille at their wedding reception, based on a preview from the upcoming episode.

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Kirsten and Shaquille of 'Married at First Sight' said "I do" seconds after meeting on the Lifetime reality program, but that doesn't mean the bride is ready to kiss the husband just yet. In an exclusive sneak peek video from the Wednesday, January 18, episode of 'MAFS,' the pair appears to be enjoying themselves during the reception — until friends and family encourage them to kiss. The two joke about how insane it was to sign up for the reality program, but they both agree that the experts were certainly on to something.

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"I got married at first sight because I was looking for somebody like Kirsten," Shaq confesses. "I’ve had much success in my life, from school to work to life, and I ask God to place people in my life who are like-minded. I think that’s just who she is. She’s outgoing, fun, a boss, educated. You know, the experts did a great job of matching us."

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Kirsten inquires during dinner, "Were you expecting to get married this year?" While hundreds of hopefuls seek to be on 'Married at First Sight' each year, only five couples are matched each season. "Honestly, no, I didn’t expect this to happen," Shaq says. "But I think God knows what you need in your life, And I think more so, he knows who you need."

Kirsten's bridesmaids, Jasmine and Elease, interrupt their chat by clinking glasses in an attempt to urge the bride and groom to display some PDA. The husband chuckles, but the bride seems uneasy. "Today at the altar it was a little off-putting, a little bit, that he didn’t ask to kiss me," Kirsten reveals in her confessional. “You know, I have high expectations and I came into this hoping my husband [would] ask if he can kiss me."

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Shaq leaned in for a kiss as they said "I do" shortly after meeting, but Kirsten turned her head for a hug. He ended up kissing her on the cheek. Kirsten's friends and family are evidently hopeful that the reception has warmed her up. "They want us to kiss so bad," Shaq adds as the clinking continues.

Kirsten and Shaquille at Their Wedding Reception in 'MAFS' Season 16 episode 3 (Lifetime)
Kirsten and Shaquille at Their Wedding Reception in 'MAFS' Season 16 episode 3 (Lifetime)

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"Why? Can we not enjoy ourselves?" Kirsten whines as she takes another bite of her meal.

Shaq chooses not to pursue the matter further. "I can tell my wife is a virtuous woman, but it’s something deeper to why she don’t wanna kiss right now. But I’m gonna allow time to tell," he says.

'Married at First Sight' Season 16 airs on Lifetime on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET.

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