Married at First Sight pair Keith Manley and Iris Caldwell had a unique storyline on the Lifetime show. A big deal was made out of the fact that Iris was a virgin at the time she married Keith. And, it became a focal point of their storyline on the season. There was a lot of drama surrounding this pair and they eventually called it quits on Decision Day. But, where are they now?
Married at First Sight: Keith Manley’s Wife Iris Caldwell a Virgin
Most Married at First Sight hopefuls, like Keith Manley and Iris Caldwell, spend years in the dating pool before they realize they need the help of the experts. And, that usually means they test drive a handful of partners on their quest to find the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with. In Iris Caldwell’s case, she saved herself for marriage. And, her virginity became a focus on her journey with Keith Manley.
The experts wanted to find someone caring and understanding for Iris Caldwell. And, they certainly found that in Keith Manley. Keith was respectful and in many ways a gentleman when it came to his new bride. And, at least early on, it looked like these two were a good match. More than that, many Married at First Sight watchers believed they could go all the way.
Married at First Sight: Did Keith Manley Take Iris Caldwell’s Virginity?
It appears that Iris Caldwell did not gave her virginity to Keith Manley while they were married on Married at First Sight. The pair did have their moments, Iris felt Keith didn’t open up enough and was too closed off to build the kind of intimacy she wanted.
Keith Manley didn’t want the burden of being the one to take Iris’ virginity and everything that would entail. It probably didn’t help that Married at First Sight Lifetime viewers saw everything going on between the two. Having your most private moments dissected on national TV has to be stressful.
Keith didn’t want to be responsible for helping Iris establish her “intimate foundation”. In his mind, that’s not what he signed up to do.
No Wedding Bliss for MAFS Couple
Keith Manley was a genuinely nice guy on Married at First Sight. But, even he had a limit when it came to new wife Iris Caldwell. He questioned her level of maturity. One of the things Keith said is he wanted a partner with more “experience”. And, not just in the bedroom, either. Iris came across as childish at times. And, it seemed like Keith grew tired of that toward the end.
In an attempt to get closure, Keith Manley was asked if he would ever consider dating Iris Caldwell even though the marriage experiment didn’t work out. Eventually, Keith said he wasn’t ready to be a husband. And, he believed Iris Caldwell wasn’t ready to be a wife. Neither of them got the happy ending they hoped for on Married at First Sight. But, the pair at least got closure.
It’s clear Keith Manley blindsided Iris Caldwell on Decision Day when he wanted a divorce. And, even when they were trying to get closure, Married at First Sight fans noted Iris seemed like she was trying to hide her hurt behind her big personality. Some MAFS watchers were glad they went their separate ways, while others still believed they could have had a future together. At the end of the day, it wasn’t in the cards for these two.
Married at First Sight Update: Iris Caldwell & Keith Manley – Where Are They Now?
Back in September, Keith posted a message on Instagram to his Married at First Sight followers. He believes everything happens for a reason. And, he encouraged his fans to stay true to what they believe in. Since his time on the Lifetime show, it doesn’t look like he has found anyone new just yet. He said on the MAFS couch in the aftermath of Decision Day that he would stay single for a while. And, he seems to be doing that.
As for Iris Caldwell, she seemed genuinely hurt by the fact that Keith Manley decided to divorce her. And, between the two of them, she seems to be taking the split harder. She had a bubbly, outgoing personality on Married at First Sight. And, it seems she is putting that to good use as a way to put her past with Keith behind her. She is now focused on herself and her goals. And, she is even doing things like meet and greets with fans
With a new season of Married at First Sight coming in January, there are a few things that new and future pairs can learn from this duo. Even if you seem like a good match on paper, it doesn’t always mean things will work out in the end. There are many Married at First Sight viewers that believe they were a good match – and many that believe they should have stayed together. At the end of it all, sometimes you have to find a way to move on. And, it looks like they both did just that.
New episodes of Married at First Sight come to Lifetime this January.
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