When you say, “I do,” to a stranger on Lifetime’s Married at First Sight, you know you’re in for a wild ride. Participants who sign up for this radical social experiment (produced by Kinetic Content) anticipate the unknown.
What surprised Keith Manley and Iris Caldwell the most during the “honeymoon” phase of marriage? They share their thoughts in this exclusive interview.
For Keith, the most unexpected thing he learned about Iris was on their wedding day. “Finding out that my new wife was a virgin was pretty shocking, to say the least,” he said.
When Keith’s mom spilled the tea, there was a collective gasp on social media. Fans could see the look of discomfort on his face. “Hearing the news from my mom was definitely weird at first, but I’m so glad she told me,” he shared.
Keith further explained that his mother had good intentions. “She knows me better than anyone. [My mom] wanted to make sure I was going to handle it in the best way possible, ensuring that I would respect Iris. I’m grateful for that.”
A concern viewers had was that Keith never revealed to Iris the conversation he had with his mom. He clarified, “I wanted this to be something Iris brought to me when she felt comfortable enough to share [it].”
In one scene, Keith admitted that Iris being a virgin was a challenge that would require patience. What other challenges does it present? He shared his final thoughts with RealiTVwithBee, “At the end of the day, it’s more about responsibility than patience, for me.”
Iris also had some ‘aha’ moments the first week of their marriage. She was excited to learn that she and Keith are on the same page with expectations. She expressed to viewers, “It feels good just to hear him say that he is committed to the longevity of our marriage.”
Their banter was fun and flirty on the secluded island. “As we are walking on this mysterious trail, I am discovering that my husband likes to play games,” she exclaimed with a laugh.
The thing that surprised Iris the most? “Keith’s love for adventure and seeking out the thrill in life,” she said. Iris got to see that up close and personal on the honeymoon.
Whether it’s swimming with stingrays, walking in the wilderness or doing a backflip off a sailboat, her husband is down for it. “Keith seems to enjoy choosing activities that provide an adrenaline rush. This really excites him,” she stated.
Is Iris up for the thrills and chills Keith craves? She shared with RealiTVwithBee in closing, “We both love adventure, but he takes it to the next level. Next stop, sky diving!!”
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