Ahead of the three-hour premiere, Lifetime will air The Matchmaking Special on July 7 followed by the Kickoff Special on July 14.
Season thirteen of Married At First Sight will take place in Houston and EBONY is excited to announce that our very own Vice President of Sales, Nicole Haynes, will be featured in this season's Matchmaking Special.
As with prior seasons, episodes will document each couple's journey as they wed, honeymoon, and attempt to merge their lives as virtual strangers. After working on their marriages for several weeks, the couples will decide whether or not to continue as a couple or divorce and go their separate ways.
Ahead of the three-hour premiere, Lifetime will air The Matchmaking Special on July 7 followed by the Kickoff Special on July 14. Now that we've established the when and where, let's meet the couples for season thirteen.
Myria and Gil
Growing up in South Texas with humble roots, Myrla, age 34, is a leadership coach, so she’s aware of the importance of partnering with experts, and wholeheartedly believes the MAFS experts will find her a perfect match.
Gil, age 35,was born and raised in Colombia and wants the American dream—wife, kids, pets, and a white picket fence. A hopeless romantic, he’s ready to find his match to shower her with love and provide a happy, secure life.
Brett and Ryan
Although she was born in NJ, Brett, age 33, considers Houston to be her hometown and thinks marriage will help to enhance her life. As a long-time fan of the series, Brett is willing to trust the process as a pragmatic hopeful romantic.
Ryan, 35, grew up in a small town in Texas where his grandparents and extended family were all within walking distance of his house. Ready for the next chapter of his life, Ryan puts pressure on himself to find a wife because he wants to be a young, active father where he can coach his son’s baseball team or fight off his daughter’s potential suitors.
Bao and Johnny
Bao, age 35, was born and raised in Texas to Vietnamese refugee parents. Bao never grew up wanting to be married, but in her 30s, she had a change of heart and is open to finding love. She has a lot to offer and is ready for a life partner who measures up.
Johnny, age 35, was born in Houston, TX, raised with his sister, by their hardworking single mother. Having seen the effects of divorce at an early age, Johnny has been very particular in finding a partner. He only wants to marry once and has been holding out for the perfect match. After seven years without success on dating apps he is ready to have the experts take the reins.
Michaela and Zack
A Houston native, Michaela, age 30, is a successful realtor and often sells homes to newlyweds regularly, leading her to want to have a partner to find a home for.
Zack, age 27, grew up in Baton Rouge, but moved to Houston in hopes of finding a wife. Wanting to be married by the age of twenty-five, the time is ticking on him finding his happily ever after. Everything he has tried thus far has not worked, but Zack is willing to explore this unconventional way to marriage in order to find his soulmate.
Rachel and Jose
Rachel, age 33, considers her childhood in Houston a happy one with the only exception being her parents’ divorce. In adulthood, she was insecure when it came to dating but this all changed with her last relationship. Though the relationship ended, it restored her hopes of being in a loving marriage with the right man.
Jose, age 35, grew up in a middle-class family in Pearland, TX. It was a struggle but his parents always made sure he was taken care of. Dating has been frustrating as Jose seems to consistently meet women not seeking anything long-term so he’s ready to be married and possibly have kids one day.
The season thirteen premiere of Married At First Sight will air July 21 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.