Tonight is the finale of Married At First Sight and cast member Derek Schwartz, who got divorced mid-season from Heather Seidel, has shared thoughts on where his head is at now that the experience is over. While he shared it on his Facebook, he gave us permission to share them here. What did Schwartz have to say?
Derek Schwartz MAFS I Want To Thank Heather
Here is the statement Schwartz shared:
“It is hard to believe that tonight is the season finale of Married At First Sight already. It has been just about 1 year since this entire process began for me and it has been one of the most exciting and rewarding years of my life.
When I first heard about the idea of the show I was skeptical of course but kept an open mind because the premise of it all was so exciting to me. As the process went on and I continued to get deeper and deeper into it I grew to embrace the idea and was hopeful to be matched.
I knew that if I was matched I would be willing to really give it my best and I was optimistic to no end.
Up until they told me I had a match I never actually thought I would be lucky enough to be one of the people to be selected. Even up to the day I arrived in Puerto Rico I was in disbelief, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was.
I could not take an opportunity like this lightly so I did everything I could from the first day to put my best foot forward, be true to myself and try to have fun while doing it. I can say wholeheartedly today that I am proud of the way it all turned out.
In hindsight, could I have handled certain things differently? Absolutely! With that said: I do not regret the way it all worked out but I do wish things would have went a bit smoother at first so that Heather and I would have had the chance to complete the 6 weeks together. I do not hold Heather responsible for the way things happened as we both had a role in that.
I remember Dr. Pepper telling me that watching the show will be one of my greatest opportunities to learn about myself and she was so right. I watched attentively each week with an open mind and tried to learn anything I could, not only about relationships and marriage but myself as well.
I feel like a different person today than I was before this started in many ways and I owe that to this process, all of the people involved who gave me the chance, all of the people who worked hard behind the scenes to make it happen and all of the people who supported me and helped me throughout the way. I even would like to thank Heather again for being brave enough to participate in this wild ride as my journey would not have been possible without her bravery and sense of adventure. She took a huge risk in doing this and I wish her all of the best moving forward.
Finally, I really want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart and tell you that I look forward to what is next and getting to continue to grow with each-other even more as we move on.”