Married At First Sight has been capturing the attention of viewers worldwide since its inception in 2014. The premise of the show is relatively straightforward- two strangers are matched by relationship experts and then meet for the first time on their wedding day. Over the course of several weeks, they are expected to navigate the complicated world of marriage, with the ultimate goal of staying together. However, Season 13 of the show has caused quite a stir on social media platforms, with viewers criticizing the constant reminder from bride Alyssa Barmonde of having a child.
We, at the entertainment desk, have seen an overwhelming number of comments from viewers who are frustrated with the constant mention of Barmonde’s child. While many viewers understand that having a child is a significant part of the bride’s life, they feel that it is being used as a crutch to avoid deeper conversations that are typically expected in a marriage. Some viewers have even gone as far as to say that it feels like Barmonde is using her child as an excuse for everything that goes wrong in the relationship.
While it is understandable that Barmonde would want to prioritize her child’s well-being, viewers have noted the repetition of the phrase “I have a child” quickly becomes tiring. In one episode, Barmonde expressed frustration about a disagreement with her groom, Chris. However, instead of discussing the underlying issue, she simply stated that he was not taking her status as a mother seriously. While there is no doubt that being a parent is a huge responsibility, many viewers feel that Barmonde’s constant reminders are beginning to affect the authenticity and credibility of her actions.
Furthermore, viewers have also commented on the impact of Barmonde’s repeated references to her child on her relationship with Chris. Some viewers have speculated that her husband may begin to feel undervalued or neglected because of the constant focus on the child. Others have suggested that her dependence on the phrase may indicate that she is not willing to confront deeper issues or is using the “mother” card to escape tough conversations.
At its core, Married At First Sight is about creating meaningful connections between two individuals, with the hopes of building a lasting relationship. Whether or not these relationships ultimately survive outside the confines of the show is up for debate, but what is not up for argument is the importance of honest communication. One viewer aptly commented that relationships require effort, work, and a willingness to remain open to the possibilities of change. At its worst, marriage can be an escape- a way for someone to ignore their problems and put their focus elsewhere.
While we do not necessarily agree that Barmonde’s intentions are to escape from the deeper issues facing her marriage, her tendency to repeatedly reference her child can be seen as a way of avoiding tougher conversations. It is natural for a mother to want to protect her child, but relationships demand more than constantly reminding the other person of a pre-existing condition. In the end, it is up to Barmonde and her husband to make the most of their relationship, but we hope that the advice of the experts (and even the viewers) will help them navigate through tougher times.
As the show progresses, we hope that Alyssa Barmonde can find a way to express her feelings in a way that does not necessarily focus on her child. Relationships are all about compromise, and we are confident that with some effort and understanding, Barmonde and her husband can find a way to build a healthy and meaningful partnership. In the end, what matters most is that they remain open to the possibilities of change, communication, and personal growth.