Keith Manley was surprised to find something out about his wife-to-be, Iris, immediately prior to exchanging vows with her on Married at First Sight.
Granted, most cast members on this reality show are in for certain surprises, considering they scarcely know their significant others at all prior to taking the proverbial plunge.
So perhaps it would be more apt to say Keith Manley wasn't just in for a surprise, but a downright SHOCK.
It turned out that Iris was a virgin.
Lifetime viewers were made aware of this fact earlier this summer when Iris said to the camera in a confessional:
"I'm a virgin. This choice was something on a religious standpoint for me. So, it's been hard. It's been hard for sure... It's a big deal."
Ahead of yesterday's new episode of the series, now aware of his wife's statys, Keith spoke to Pop Culture about the unusual situation.
"Not gonna lie, I was pretty shocked to find out Iris was a virgin," Manley said. "I wasn't really sure if it was a good or a bad thing, I just knew it would present a big challenge for us either way."
Manley has nothing but respect for Iris' decision and point of view, of course.
But he did express concern that the contrast in the couple's sexual history would carry forward to their emotional relationship.
"Me being someone who lost their virginity as a teenager, I thought about how different I was before I started having sex," he explained to the website, adding:
"It's something that should be taken very seriously. It's also something that can help you know yourself better."
Were these worries well-founded? Not really, thankfully.
"It was almost strange how natural everything felt right from the start," Keith said of how any differences in past bedroom activity turned out to be irrelevant to the tandem's connection.
Still, things aren't perfect for the newlyweds.
"Our biggest issue as a couple was probably intimacy," he says.
"We have so many things in common but our experience with intimacy is very, very different. With us being married, intimacy is one of the most important things.
"I knew that I didn't want to put too much pressure on Iris, and truthfully I wasn't sure I was ready to take the next steps, prematurely, either."
As of this writing, we don't know for sure whether Keith and Iris remain married; we'll need to wait for the season finale to find out.
"This experience has shown me there are a lot of things I have to continue getting better at to become a better man, a better husband, and eventually a good father," he said to Pop Culture, concluding:
"I have to keep getting better at expressing how I feel in a productive way, first and foremost."
Married at First Sight airs Wednesdays a 8:30 p.m. ET on Lifetime.