Married at First Sight star Taylor Dunklin has revealed she didn’t want to apologize for her Instagram Stories video because Brandon Reid had allegedly put her through so much by that point and she had reached a breaking point.
During the March 11 broadcast of Married at First Sight: Unfiltered, Taylor watched back a Season 10 clip of Brandon accusing her of going on the show for the cameras and her “platform.”
“Everything seems rehearsed,” Brandon said of his wife, which resulted in Taylor being reluctant to apologize for her own mistakes.
After watching the argument unfold, Taylor admitted, “Honestly, it feels really sad to sit here and watch that because I put up with so much stuff.”
“I put up with, like, just being disrespected every day,” she added.
Taylor vented in her Instagram Stories video she was single and looking for a man who could meet her “minimal” requirements, so Brandon — feeling “disgusted” and rejected — moved out of their apartment and seemingly ignored his wife’s attempts to talk until the pair was forced to reunite for a session with Married at First Sight expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz.
But problems weren’t resolved once Brandon and Taylor shared their opposing sides of the story, especially since Taylor admitted she wasn’t sorry for the video because it “wasn’t directed at Brandon” and she can post whatever she wants.
Unfiltered host Jamie Otis asked Taylor why it was so hard for her to apologize, knowing that’s the reason Brandon was so upset with her.
“How I felt then in the moment was because I felt disrespected, like, ‘Do I really need to sit here and apologize to someone who has disrespected me every day?'” Taylor said.
“Why do I have to be the bigger person?”
Married at First Sight viewers witnessed Brandon lash out and swear at Taylor on the last day of their honeymoon in Panama because he was tired of production filming his every move, but Jamie asked Taylor to get a little more specific on how he allegedly disrespected her every day afterward.
“I’m just dismissed, I’m ignored, or I’m yelled at all the time,” Taylor claimed.
“It’s just everything I do — whether I’m like, ‘Hey, I’ll pick you up from work,’ he’s like, ‘Why? Are you trying to get me to film?’ He’s just trying to hide from the cameras, I don’t know!”
Taylor was apparently fed up at this point in her relationship and had little fight left in her.
“Everything I do has an ulterior motive,” Taylor said, “and I’m just tired of this because I don’t have an ulterior motive.”
Jamie then asked Married at First Sight expert Pastor Calvin Roberson to give his thoughts on Taylor and Brandon’s struggle.
“It’s hard to watch. It’s tough to watch. But that argument has nothing to do with the video. It’s not about the video,” Pastor Cal observed.
“You are arguing over the fact that you don’t feel valued, you don’t feel respected, you don’t feel as though you’re being cared for. But he doesn’t feel he’s being cared for. But no one is really getting to the disease — we’re talking about the symptoms, and the video is just the symptom.”
Pastor Cal therefore offered Taylor some advice on how she might want to proceed in her failing relationship.
“You both could make this an incredible relationship if you just see the value in it, if you learn to respect each other, and if you learn to add some boundaries,” Pastor Cal explained.
Jamie wished the best for Taylor at the end of the segment and hoped she and Brandon could turn their marriage around.
As shown on the latest episode of Married at First Sight’s tenth season, Taylor didn’t want to give up so easily on her marriage, so she invited Brandon to get a manicure with her at a nail salon.
“The experts matched us for a reason, and maybe I’m not going to close the doors on that yet,” Taylor said in a confessional.
Taylor made a peace offering by giving Brandon a card for their one-month anniversary with an apology written inside, but it wasn’t enough for Brandon, who told the cameras Taylor had taken the easy way out and he wasn’t convinced her apology was genuine.
Taylor acknowledged she just wanted to build a friendship with Brandon but he never let things go and always seemed to think he was being attacked on a personal level.
“I just want to move on with my life. I want to cut all of this and be done with it. This has just been a cluster F and it’s stupid,” Brandon told Taylor on Wednesday night’s broadcast.
Brandon added that Taylor wanting to be friends was “a slap in the face,” and so Taylor felt defeated in her relationship.
“My wife is a narcissist. She doesn’t see anything wrong and she has a problem with admitting when she’s wrong, and I can’t be with someone who can’t even admit when they are wrong,” Brandon told a Diary Cam.
“Here she is making mistake after mistake, and she’s not owning up to any of those mistakes.”
Married at First Sight’s tenth season also stars Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice, Meka Jones and Michael Watson, Katie Conrad and Derek Sherman, and Jessica Studer and Austin Hurd.