Filming Married At First Sight season 13 in the middle of a worldwide pandemic comes with its challenges, and here’s how Zack and Michaela’s marriage was affected by their socially distanced time apart. On their first day getting to know each other on Married At First Sight season 13, Michaela and Zack vowed to love each other through sickness and health, and this promise was certainly put to the test right away. For one, Zack’s COVID-19 diagnosis put a strain on his marriage. Alas, it also helped the couple bond in a way.
Before the bleak reality of the COVID-19 pandemic breached the escapist world of Married At First Sight, Michaela and Zack’s marriage was headed in the right direction. Michaela is a 20-year-old realtor who is looking to settle down and start a family. 27-year-old Zack also entered the experimental dating series ambitiously, claiming that he was two years behind his life plan of getting married by 25. Both Zack and Michaela made their way to the altar with their eyes on the prize, but as several couples in Married At First Sight‘s history can attest to, wanting a long-lasting marriage isn’t enough. As if learning to fall in love with a total stranger isn’t hard enough, COVID-19 threw a wrench into Zack and Michaela’s bold relationship goals.
Only four days into their marriage, Michaela shared with fellow MAFS season 13 co-star Rachel that Zack had tested positive for COVID-19. Michaela left her husband quarantining in the Florida Keys. She returned to her home in Houston, Texas. Understandably, Michaela was frustrated that she couldn’t spend time with her new husband. Zack shared his wife’s irritation, but he preferred taking time apart over spreading COVID-19 to Michaela. Although the couple made the right decision, it likely had significant effects on their marriage. With only a few days as a married couple, it’s crucial for Married At First Sight couples to spend quality time with one another at the beginning of the unconventional process. Zack and Michaela’s goal was to evolve from strangers to lovers. By separating this early into their relationship, the couple’s chances of forming an enduring marriage were harshly diminished.
While Zack and Michaela’s social distancing had its drawbacks, there were also advantages to the Married At First Sight couple spending time apart. After all of the other COVID-free couples returned home to Texas from their Floridian honeymoons, Zack surprised Michaela at her apartment. Zack told Michaela that he had received a positive COVID-19 result after the test came back negative to surprise his wife with the good news. Zack confessed that he felt bad about the time they had to spend apart, but it was evident in their reunion that newlyweds Michaela and Zack were nothing but elated to be back together. This scene demonstrated that there are some positives to starting their marriage off with distance. From now on, Zack and Michaela are more aware of how precious their time together is.
Even though Michaela and Zack have a lot to catch up to do, the newlyweds are dedicated to making the best of the time they have left. While the distance might have severely hampered the couple’s chances of making it in the long run, the time apart absolutely made Michaela and Zack’s hearts grow fonder. Hopefully, Zack and Michaela will prove that their marriage can withstand COVID-19 on Married At First Sight.