Season 16 of ‘Married at First Sight‘ introduces us to Shaquille “Shaq” Dillon met Kirsten Grimes, whom relationship experts paired. Although they appeared to have instant chemistry during their first meeting, the relationship turned sour once the former realized that his wife was unwilling to put in the required effort. Moreover, throughout the season, Kirsten engaged in some questionable behavior, making fans wonder if the two are still together. Well, fret not because we come bearing answers!
Shaquille and Kirsten’s Married at First Sight Journey
Franklinton, Louisiana, native Shaquille Dillon is an out-and-out family man who found immense success in the education industry. However, even though he crossed one milestone after the other in his professional life, he soon realized that there was no one to share his happiness with. Hence, after getting his financial and personal affairs in order, Shaq began searching for the perfect partner who would want to settle down and start a family with him. Furthermore, unlike others, who only stated their desires, he insisted that he wanted to become the best husband ever and was even learning how to be a better partner from a therapist.
Likewise, Kirsten Grimes, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, also built an incredible professional record but fell short in romance. Even though she initially mentioned that she found it challenging to take time out from her busy schedule for romance, the men she met were either interested in casual flings or overwhelmed by her success. Still, since Kirsten ranks herself quite highly, she turned to the ‘MAFS’ experts and insisted that she would not settle for anything less than perfect.
Even though Kirsten and Shaq connected well during their first meeting, it was apparent that the two needed to navigate a rocky road to make their marriage work. Still, the differences began showing from the first night when the former barely seemed interested in talking about her husband and his life. It felt like she had built a wall around herself and was unwilling to let him in. Shaq tried his best to make Kirsten open up throughout the season but was mainly unsuccessful. Meanwhile, she insisted she was disappointed with him since he could not meet her original expectations.
Eventually, the two connected over their religion, and they even agreed to raise their kids in a Baptist church. Yet, that connection did not last long, as Shaq got an out-of-state job offer, much to Kirsten’s disappointment. Besides, she did not pay much heed to his mother when the latter talked about how partners should support each other and instead kept demanding for her husband to be there for her while refusing to open up herself.
Interestingly, things got even worse when Kirsten revealed how she was not attracted to her husband, and it was apparent that she wanted Shaq to put in all the effort for their relationship to work. At one point in time, it seemed like she was punishing him for not being who she expected her husband to be, and fans were shocked when the reality star asked him to buy her a house while refusing to contribute any money.
Are Shaquille “Shaq” Dillon and Kirsten Grimes Still Together?
No, Shaq and Kirsten aren’t together since the former decided to divorce his wife on decision day. Surprisingly, when the relationship experts asked her about her decision, she claimed the marriage was perfect and would like to stay with him. Nonetheless, Shaq had a different opinion, and he chose to separate after claiming that Kirsten wasn’t his soulmate. He even said that his wife never opened up properly, which made it difficult for him to be there for her. In addition, the reality star insisted that he felt incredibly lonely in the relationship as his wife did not give him the required support.
Kirsten immediately refuted such allegations and claimed Shaq had impossibly high standards. Still, the Franklinton, Louisiana native, had made up his mind, and the two went through a divorce. At present, Shaq and Kirsten lead independent lives in Nashville, and it seems like they haven’t kept in touch. On top of it, while Shaq works as the Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Wiley College and Tennessee State University, Kirsten holds a realtor license and is a Healthcare Recruiter at Trustaff. From the looks of it, the two are wholly engrossed in furthering their already successful careers, and we wish them the best.