'Married at First Sight' Season 12: Who decided to get divorced? A look at couples who survived the decision day
For the couples of 'Married at First Sight' Season 12, the big day is finally here. After the wedding, honeymoon and time spent together living as a couple, they have to now decide if they want to stay together as husband and wife, or part ways.
The pressure is definitely on, seeing that all of the couples this season have had multiple issues, as they all tried to make their marriage work. Some of them began to fall apart instantly, while others seemed fine on the surface, only to crack under the pressure.
Ryan Oubre and Clara Fergus
For Oubre and Fergus, physical intimacy has been the biggest issue for the couple. To make matters worse, Oubre has not said 'I love you' to Fergus yet, which has made her wary about their relationship. But for the most part, the couple seemed determined to make it work, and are willing to put in the time and effort required.
For Fergus, their relationship was the healthiest one she's ever had and she couldn't picture her life without him and wanted to remain married. When the panel of experts posed the same question to Oubre, he made it clear that to be with him, patience was really the key. And Fergus showed that she truly cares, by meeting him halfway when it came to understanding him and his idea of love. The couple decided to stay married, a decision that the panel was thrilled to hear.
Jacob Harder and Haley Harris
For Harder and Harris, their relationship started fairly well, especially during and post the wedding. But over the course of the honeymoon, their relationship deteriorated heavily, seeing that Harris seemed to have shut down and Harder got extremely defensive about it.
The couple argued relentlessly and even though they tried to make their relationship work, it wasn't enough. So when the panel asked Harder what would happen if Harris said she wanted to make it work, Harder made it clear that they did try but failed. Harris shared the same sentiment, for her, staying married would be settling and she didn't want that. The pair decided that getting divorced might be for the best.
Chris Williams and Paige Banks
For Williams and Banks, even though their relationship had run its course halfway through the series, the drama never truly ended. After the repeated disrespect she faced by Williams, the baby mama drama and Williams' decision not to move into the apartment, Banks decided that she was done with the relationship. Williams on the other hand continued to flip-flop between claiming that he was in love with Banks to not wanting to be with her. In the discussion with the panel, Williams started by telling them just how perfect Banks was for him and how he should've tried harder. He then revealed that Mercedes Myrick, his pregnant ex-fiancee miscarried.
A distraught Williams left the discussion. Banks followed him and the two sat in his car and had a conversation about Williams' actions. He apologized for all his past actions and just like that, she seemed to reconsider everything that happened between them, claiming that she was 'mentally and emotionally overwhelmed.'
Banks said that pregnancy was the main issue their relationship didn't work and now with the situation gone, there might be a chance to make things work. Williams claimed that he still has feelings for Banks and that if he could rewind time and fix things, he would. The panel was visibly exasperated at the constant back and forth between the two, especially Dr Viviana Coles, seeing that Williams maintained that they were 'undecided.'
It's here that Dr Coles pointed out the obvious flaw in Williams' logic -- the couple is already married, and that is a decision. Williams countered saying that it was their marriage and that he is undecided right now, he even added that he was, "going to speak for Paige, she's undecided".
Banks left the conversation in tears, seeing that she was so overwhelmed by his sudden change in behavior. However, Banks said that for the sake of her emotional and mental health, it would be best for her not to stay married.
Erik Lake and Virginia Coombs
For Lakes and Coombs, the physical attraction was there right from the start, but that alone didn't cut it. Between Coombs partying aways and Lakes controlling nature, the couple seemed to have hit multiple issues, with their fights getting exceedingly ugly with every passing moment.
They both seemed fine at one moment, only to spiral into an ugly fight at the next. Lakes came with rules about how Coombs should behave, the age gap between the two led to its fair share of issues -- Coombs wanted to enjoy her relationship and her life, while Lakes wanted to have kids and have her leave her partying ways behind.
However, when asked by the panel about his decision, Lakes maintained that the highs of their situation outweighed their lows. After a heartfelt confession, Lakes went down on one knee and asked Coombs if she would stay married to him. Coombs said yes and the couple decided to stay married.
Vincent Morales and Briana Morris
Morales and Morris have definitely been the couple that everyone has been rooting for right from the start. The couple seemed to get along well, and more importantly, put in the time and effort to make their marriage work.
There were a few ups and downs, but the couple worked through their issues, together. They did hit a wall when it came to having children, seeing that Morris was genuinely worried about her health. They also expressed issues with communication styles, however, the two of them have tried to work around it.
Morris made it clear that she wanted to stay married to Morales. Morales expressed the same sentiment but claimed that he had something to say. The tension was running high, only to have Morales go down on one knee and propose to Morris with a cheesecake.
It left the panel in splits, but as Morales explained, Morris really loves cheesecake and was craving some before judgment day. And what better way to propose to his wife than giving her just what she wants? Talk about cheesy!