Married At First Sight Season 3 star David Norton recently opened up about his failed marriage with Ashley Doherty. The reality star admitted that while his estranged wife was bent on getting a divorce after the six-week social experiment, he, on the other hand, was more than willing to give their relationship another chance.
In an interview with the Knot, the Married At First Sight Season 3 alum revealed that he had every intention of staying married to whomever he ended up getting paired with. He shared that he was 100 percent committed in making the marriage work.
“Divorce isn’t something I take lightly at all. We have to do every single thing possible before [we] could reach that decision.”
In spite of the way Ashley treated him, David remained optimistic. He held that he wanted to make sure that they have exhausted all efforts before finally filing for a divorce. David said that he was looking forward to getting to know Ashley off camera.
David revealed that there were usually seven or eight crew members following them around during the entire duration of Married At First Sight Season 3. Understandably, Ashley was not at all uncomfortable with having the camera crew follow her every move. With the entire crew gone after the social experiment, David was hoping that he will get to see the real Ashley.
“It was at least worth that shot, and I’m disappointed that we didn’t do it.”
David claimed that Ashley had her mind made up since the beginning. When she told everyone during the “Decision Day” episode that she felt no connection towards David throughout the entire experiment, the latter admitted that he felt hurt. Although there were definitely a lot of tense moments during their marriage, David insisted that he and Ashley also shared a lot of good times together.
The Married At First Sight season 3 star, however, observed that whenever they start to get close, Ashley would often pull away. David shared that there were several times where he felt that they were making progress but it always end up with Ashley closing herself to the possibility of the relationship working out.
“Every single time she’s found herself maybe liking me or liking the process, she would quickly remind herself, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t like this guy. Why am I doing this? I shouldn’t be happy right now. Let me pull back.'”
When they filmed the Married at First Sight: Six Months Later episode, Ashley refused to be in the same room as David to talk things out. Had he been given the opportunity, David held that he would have confronted his ex-wife for talking behind his back.
“There’s a lot of things that Ashley would say to the camera that I never heard before. So, if we were in the same room on reunion day, I would have said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me that?’ I would have asked her, and now I’ll never get the chance to ask her this, ‘How could you have expected it to work if you’re telling the world these things but you’re not telling the one person that it matters most to – me?'”
In spite of it all, David shared that he did not regret being a part of Married At First Sight Season 3. The reality star shared that he learned a lot of things, not just about himself, but on being a better partner, as well. While the outcome of the social experiment could have been much better than he hoped it would be, David shared that it definitely taught him a thing, or two, about relationships.
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