Perhaps no other Married at First Sight Season 10 bride yearned for forever love in the same way as Mindy Shiben. The statuesque ice-skating coach still radiates an optimistic glow about life and love despite enduring recent losses. About a year before her Married at First Sight arranged marriage process began, she suffered a miscarriage. She lost her sister to drug addiction, so no one can say that this woman willing to take this immense leap of faith has been shielded from the hard knocks of life.
Mindy even walked herself down the aisle on her wedding day. Both her parents felt that Married at First Sight was far too extreme of a measure for their daughter. Mindy shared a video snippet after getting the news from her dad that this kind of wedding was “crazy” and he would not be escorting his daughter to her groom.
For his part on the wedding day, fitness trainer, Zach Justice, seemed to step off the pages of a fairytale. Beyond his physical appearance, which Mindy instantly noticed, Zach wrote heartfelt vows of putting his wife first in their home. Beyond pledging to make his new bride feel like “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Zach assured that she would feel “safe” physically and emotionally throughout their journey. Mindy’s bridesmaids were even swept up in the romance when the groom got down on one knee and proposed with, “Do you trust me?”
Zach seemed to do everything to make Mindy’s wedding day everything she could want, but unfortunately, the wedding day ended and the newlywed nights have been rough for the Married at First Sight match.
Mindy heard more than once that her husband felt no attraction to her
Fans saw Mindy walking the halls of her resort hotel, not wanting to go “back into that room” after that he told her that he had no attraction for her. Mindy since revealed on Married at First Sight: Unfiltered and reported in Reality World that Zach actually told her three times that she was not attractive to him, starting during the wedding day itself.
Jamie Otis and her husband, Doug Hehner, were dumbfounded that Zach seemed unable to find anything appealing about his new bride. The attraction is far more than just physical, and Jamie sided with Mindy on not being able to “relax and let loose” when her new husband continually mentions the issue over the honeymoon, as noted in Reality World on February 5. Jamie confessed to her own “girl crush” on Mindy.
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Mindy and Zach make an effort, but it’s not smooth sailing on ‘Married at First Sight’
Last week, there were glimmers of hope and a genuine smile from Mindy after she and Zach paid a visit to a rustic village in Panama. Zach told her that his favorite thing about the day was being with her, and she was overjoyed to report to the other couples at a dinner that “he kissed me.”
In this week’s Married at First Sight episode, “In Health and Seasickness,” Mindy and Zach join three of the other couples on a day at sea, and Zach doesn’t show any signs of wanting to be cozy with his bride. Instead of snuggling next to her on the boat hammock, Zach lies perpendicular to her, not even touching her feet. Zach is also the last to jump in the water, and Mindy is worried that he has drowned.
Mindy can’t keep herself from comparing her relationship to that of other couples, and their obvious connections keep her second-guessing herself. Zach is better than a politician at going around and around with a subject, and like this week, it always seems to come back to what Mindy can do to attract Zach, without reflection on how she is feeling. Some plain old fun and less conversation could go a long way.
Mindy is dismayed as she packs her bags to leave Panama, reflecting that Zach “has barely held my hand” on the honeymoon. Real-life and the tough issues take hold next week back in Washington DC on Married at First Sight. Already, Mindy has made an emergency call to expert, Dr. Viviana Coles, after calling Zach her husband.
Another late night with no lovey-dovey on ‘Married at First Sight’
Mindy Shiben resorts to a late-night phone conference with Dr. Viviana Coles, one of the Married at First Sight experts after Zach becomes upset after Mindy calls him “my husband.” Mindy tells Dr. Coles that her groom recoils at the normal words like “marriage,” “husband,” and “wife.” Dr. Coles suggests that his response is more like fear than a failing attraction. She reminds Mindy to continue to be “yourself authentically,” and once the couple is back home, more intervention can be done between them.
Zach is seen still saying “I don’t know what to do,” about not being attracted to his Mindy. He is not the only groom having issues in Season 10 of Married at First Sight. Justice joined Brandon Reid and Michael Watson on this week’s Unfiltered preshow.
Jamie Otis boiled it down to basic terms of first base, second base, and third base for the guys. All three made no mention of third-base, and barely first or second. Michael and Meka only shared the same room on the last night of their honeymoon and Brandon had a meltdown over the cameras rolling on the reality show right before the couples departed for the airport.
Whether on land, sea, or sky, storms are bound to happen on Married at First Sight.
Married at First Sight airs Wednesday on Lifetime.
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