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Bennett Reveals Painful Childhood to Amelia in 'Married at First Sight' Season 11 Sneak Peek

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/12/2020 Janice Williams
a person wearing a suit and tie: Bennett and Amelia appear on the Lifetime reality series, "Married at First Sight." Season 11, episode 5 airs on August 12, 2020. © Courtesy of Lifetime Bennett and Amelia appear on the Lifetime reality series, "Married at First Sight." Season 11, episode 5 airs on August 12, 2020.

Now that the couples of Married at First Sight Season 11 have officially tied the knot and met the in-laws, it's time for the fun part: the honeymoon.

Newlyweds Amelia and Bennett, Olivia and Brett, Amani and Woody, Karen and Miles and Christina and Henry were whisked away to the luxurious Hotel Xcaret resort in Mexico at the end of last week's episode of the Lifetime reality show. In the upcoming episode airing on Wednesday night, the couples will get more poolside bonding time as a group, and—most importantly—the cast members will also get a ton more opportunities to really get to know their spouses.

Quirky couple Amelia and Bennett won't waste any time getting down to the meat and bones of who they are as individuals. They have already shared their stances on starting a family—Bennett prefers the idea of adoption while Amelia hopes to one day have children biologically—and Bennett's also made it clear that he has no interest in leaving his home of New Orleans, even if it's just for another Louisiana town a few miles away. And in the fifth episode of the new season, they'll start peeling back the layers of their respective childhoods.


After having already acquainted themselves with each other's interesting pajama choices, the pair curl up in bed together in an intimate, Newsweek-exclusive sneak peek of episode five (above), during which Amelia quizzes her new husband about his childhood. While decked out in his usual nighttime attire of a golden night dress ("It's all about the comfort," he says), Bennett opens up about his youth and how life was for him when he was growing up.

"I had a pretty pleasant upbringing in calm suburbs. My mom has made theater my whole life, so I was kind of, like, raised on theater. I was raised Jewish as my formal religion but in a lot of ways, theater was kind of like the religion I was raised on—not just theater, but creative outlets. My sister and I were really close. We would have sleepovers all the time where she would sleepover my room or I would sleepover hers," Bennett explains.

The brother-sister sleepovers are something the couple share in common. Amelia giddily replies that she "used to have lots of sleepovers" with her brothers in their room when she was a kid, too.

Bonding with siblings was a cherished moment for both Amelia and Bennett, but the new husband is quick to note that not every aspect of his childhood was bright and happy. As he continues to share with his bride, Bennett reveals that he endured some pretty painful moments, too, including a phase of his life where he constantly thought of death.

"My mom had cancer for a fair bit of my childhood, so I think that in a certain way has shaped who I am," Bennett says. "For a lot of my childhood, there were, like, long periods where I would just obsess over mortality. Just, like, the idea of having an ending to this life brought this deep pit of angst. For long periods of time that was something that was feasible—like, the person I was closest to and who inspired me the most could potentially pass away because she was struggling with that."

Bennett's willingness to discuss such a dark period of his childhood is certainly a step in the right direction, and Amelia appears to be pleased with his effort to establish a trusting bond with her.

Married at First Sight airs on Lifetime on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET.

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