Keith Manley and Iris Caldwell are one of those couples that seemed like made in heaven when first matched on the show “Married at First Sight”. They met and got married during its ninth season. At first, they felt like they understood each other but soon things went down the hill.
WHAT IS “MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT”?
Keith and Iris were a part of a reality show called Married at First Sight. It an American television show with a total of 13 seasons. The first episode premiered on July 8, 2014, on FYI. This concept of the show is based on the matchmaking of two strangers at the wedding altar. A team of experts including life coaches, chemists, and religious figures analyzes every participant and then tries to match couples whom they think can survive the best together relying on different factors such as IQ, personality traits, family values, goals in life, etc.
The couple sees each other for the first time at the altar and gets married. Their entire relationship is an experiment that depends on the eight weeks they spend together. Before leaving for a honeymoon, the married couples spend a night in a hotel. Then they go back home for the remaining time. This experiment comes to an end on Decision Day when they decide whether they choose to stay married or get divorced.
The overall success rate for the twelve complete seasons of Married at First Sight is 34%. Out of forty-four couples that were matched, twenty-seven couples chose to stay married while on the other hand half of the rest got divorced.
KEITH AND IRIS- ONCE UPON A TIME A LOVE STORY
During the ninth season, one of the couples was Keith and Iris on the show. Keith Manley is a life coach and iris Caldwell is a non-profit program coordinator. When they first met, they looked perfect together. A huge part of viewers was shipping Keith and Iris during that season. They had pretty much a lot of things like religious beliefs, views about having family and children in common.
During the initial days, Keith and Iris had a very good time on their honeymoon. It seemed like they had a perfect balance. Keith’s humble and laid-back attitude goes hand in hand with Iris’s talkative and bubbly personality. In fact, Iris also helped him to deal with the traumatic death of his grandmother whom he was very close to.
CAUSE FOR SEPARATION
However, soon they started having a rocky relationship after some time. The main issue was Iris’s reluctance for intimacy. She wanted to save her virginity for her husband. Keith appeared to be comfortable with her decision but in the end, it was clear that Iris’s virginity caused the drift between them.
But everyone was disappointed and surprised to see them getting a divorce on decision day just because of her virginity problem. Even though Iris wanted to continue with him, it was Keith who chose to part ways in the end. Iris’s shocking expression was very much visible as though she has not expected it. Fans were quite taken aback too.
Keith claimed that he ended the relationship because according to him Iris was emotionally immature due to her lack of relationship and sexual experience in the past. Whatsoever, the couple denied intimacy being the basis for their divorce.
Iris said in an interview that she was uncomfortable getting intimate with Keith on camera. She wanted things to be private between them instead of getting shown to the entire world.
During an Instagram live question-answer session, Iris revealed that she was already seeing a future with Keith and was planning to start a family. Their divorce had hit her hard. Keith and Iris reappeared together Married at First Sight’s reunion special where Iris was still interested in getting back together with him and attend marriage therapy but Keith was rigid about his decision and denied the idea. Nevertheless, she further said that she does not regret even a bit of whatever happened.
Now both Keith and Iris have moved on happily from their Married at First Sight Journey. Keith wrote a book title “Life Is Just A Walk Within” inspired by his grandmother. Whereas Iris is busy modeling which is evident from her photoshoot pictures on Instagram.
Seems like they just could not click together. As the show was only an experiment, there can be success as well as failures. And unfortunately among all the couples, Keith and Iris were one of those who were not meant to be for each other. We hope they find their soulmates in the future.
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On decision day, although Iris wanted to stay married to Keith, he wanted a divorce. At the reunion, Iris was open to reconciliation but Keith wasn’t. Now, the former couple has moved on from their Married At First Sight journey and has done so much since the show ended.
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