‘Married at First Sight’: Meka Jones Says There Are Moments She’s ‘Not Proud Of’ From Season 10
Michael’s alleged ultimatum—that Meka have sex with him on the honeymoon, or he wouldn’t be “into the marriage”—sent the couple packing and staying in separate hotel rooms during their romantic getaway to Panama. After that, things went from bad to worse, as Michael’s dishonesty about everything from his job and his past to the mileage on his car wore Meka down and made her increasingly frustrated.
Meka decided to call it quits on Decision Day. Recently, the Married at First Sight star took to Instagram to share her candid thoughts about her experience on the show—from what she wishes she’d done differently to how she’s made peace with what happened.
Meka admitted she wasn’t ‘proud’ of all her behavior on ‘Married at First Sight’
While dealing with Michael’s many lies during Season 10, Meka was sometimes criticized by viewers for being too harsh or aggressive in her arguments with her husband. She even apologized to Michael for sometimes throwing out harsh words or being too blunt and critical in fights on the Married at First Sight reunion episode.
Meka reflected on the criticism she’d gotten on social media, as well as her entire experience on Married at First Sight, in a recent Instagram post. She captioned a photo of herself, “Through the ups and downs, I’m grateful to have gotten the opportunity to experience something so unique. I learned so much about myself, how to handle situations better & what I can do to make my next relationship better.”
The Married at First Sight star continued by admitting that she hadn’t been happy with everything she’d done and said on the show, especially with the added pressure of filming and the stress of being married to a stranger. “Being filmed all the time is not an easy task by any means, and there were definitely moments that I’m not proud of,” Meka confessed. “There were situations I really wish I could’ve approached differently and most importantly I wish I hadn’t allowed anyone to get me to the level of frustration that was seen on the show.”
Still, the category analyst wrote, she knew she’d done the best she could in a trying situation in most cases. “But even with all of my shortcomings and downfalls, I am VERY proud of how I handled my marriage overall. I’m proud that I didn’t allow myself to be manipulated, gaslighted or a victim. I’m proud that I spoke up about the things that bothered me,” she wrote.
Most of all, Meka added, the show made her realize that no one, and no marriage, was worth sacrificing her self-worth and self-esteem. “And most of all, I’m proud of myself for knowing my self-worth. It took me so long to get to the point where I could confidently say what I bring to the table & what I deserve so it’s amazing to see that manifest itself in my marriage,” the 25-year-old wrote in an emotional conclusion.
She ended the post on an uplifting note, encouraging other women not to settle for poor treatment or dishonesty in their own relationships. “& to all of the women that are questioning their self-worth because of what a man has told them, know your worth Queen,” Meka wrote. “You’re not asking for too much, you’re just asking the wrong person.”
Fans offered support and advice to Meka on social media
Most Married at First Sight fans praised Meka for being true to herself and opening up about the vulnerable reality of appearing on reality television, as well as for facing her flaws head-on.
Some viewers continued to criticize Meka about her behavior on the show, arguing that she was too harsh with her husband and didn’t come across as welcoming. “Well, hopefully you find what you’re seeking. When you do, please remember not to be so quick to throw him under a bus in front of friends and family…Some things between partners in a relationship should stay in a relationship,” one critic wrote under her post.
Others complimented the Married at First Sight star for being strong and knowing her worth. “You personify everything a woman should be,” one fan gushed. “You’re strong, independent, brave, transparent, bright, beautiful, wise and fearless. You make women WANT to use their voice more. You gave all of us the permission to ask for what we want and know what we deserve.”
Another viewer praised Meka’s class and grace during a situation in which she was entitled to be more than a little frustrated. “You had more patience than Michael ever deserved, and displayed nothing but class throughout the whole show,” an Instagram user argued. “I can’t believe the strength it must have taken to keep showing up every day with all you had to deal with. You did it with such resilience, and I love how well-spoken you always were with all you had to go through.”
The ‘Married at First Sight’ star seems to be living her best life as a single woman
Her arranged marriage might not have turned out as she hoped, but it looks like Meka is living her best life as a single woman, with travel, family, and adventures filling up her calendar in recent months. In addition to a trip to Hawaii with fellow Married at First Sight brides Katie Conrad and Taylor Dunklin, Meka has shared photos of travel to Thailand, California, and plenty of other destinations.
The Married at First Sight star headed to Pennsylvania for the holidays, snapping photos with her family in cute matching pajamas. “Merry Christmas from your favorite family,” she captioned the heartwarming photo.
No matter what she went through on Married at First Sight, we’re sure Meka will continue to thrive and be authentic to herself in any future relationships.