Devon Franklin Reveals He Felt Shame Over Divorce & Was Going To Turn Down ‘Married At First Sight’ Gig
DeVon Franklin Reveals He Felt Shame Over Divorce & Was Going To Turn Down ‘Married At First Sight’ Gig
DeVon Franklin is getting candid about the shame he felt after his divorce from Meagan Good.
The 44-year-old producer/author has landed a new job on Lifetime’s hit reality show “Married At First Sight“! While fans are excited about the shows new addition, DeVon Franklin reveals that he almost turned the job down due to insecurities from his recent divorce.
As previously reported, after almost a decade of marriage, actress Meagan Good, 40, and DeVon Franklin shocked everyone after announcing their split back in December of 2021. Collectively, they shared a unified message on their social media explaining that “no one is at fault,” and they are just moving forward towards different paths but will “forever be connected”. Their message reads:
“After much prayer and consideration we have decided to go into our futures separately but forever connected…We celebrate almost a decade of marriage together and a love that is eternal…There’s no one at fault, we believe this is the next best chapter in the evolution of our love…..We are incredibly grateful for the life-changing years we’ve spent together as husband and wife…..We are also extremely thankful to God for the testimony being created inside us both and for blessing our lives with each other.”
Now, ‘The Miracles From Heaven‘ producer explains why he almost turned down a promising job opportunity. On Thursday (May 26) DeVon took to Instagram to share the news and explain the internal battle he’s been facing since his divorce. He explains,
“Moment of Truth: Last year, Married At First Sight (@mafslifetime) invited me to come on the show. I agreed to do it … and then the divorce hit. They came to me and said that didn’t matter to them because they still felt like I could help their couples. I was going to tell them “No” because I felt shame and that voice in my head said, ‘you’re a failure, how can you help anybody save their marriage when yours didn’t work out.'”
“That voice in my head also had me thinking about what would “people” say? Would “people” approve or disapprove? And then I had to ask myself: Is this how I’m going to live the rest of my life? In fear about what “people” say? And who are “people” anyway? So I went back to the @mafslifetime team and told them YES, I’ll still come. I REFUSE TO LIVE IN FEAR OR SHAME!”
DeVon Franklin goes on to say that during the show, he was able to pull from his own life experiences and help a couple “sort through their issues”. He explains,
“And guess what? When I went to do the show, something powerful happened. Everything I’ve been through, I was able to draw upon to help a couple successfully sort through their issues (you’ll have to watch to find out which couple)….A lot of times that voice in our heads is our worst enemy… It tries to talk us out of what God is trying to talk us into…I was trying to get through this life perfect and without failure, now I’m just living to get through it truthfully and if what I’ve learned about love and relationships can help someone, then I’m here for it.”
“Married At First Sight,” is a reality tv show that first premiered in 2014. The show features people who agree to a provocative proposal–getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet. The series captures each couple’s journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggles of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce?
DeVon Franklin will join a panel of professionals to help provide guidance to the couples. Season 15 of “Married At First Sight” premieres Wednesday July 6 at 8p/7c on Lifetime!