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Chris Williams takes cover on Wikipedia due to failed subway business

As a reality TV show that matches couples who will meet for the first time on their wedding day, Married at first sight naturally shows its share of drama. But season 12 had a cast member who really shocked viewers with his bad demeanor. Chris Williams just didn’t impress the folks on the show. He didn’t get along with the cast, treated his new wife badly, went on vacation with his ex-girlfriend, and seemed to threaten people who criticized him.

By the end of the season, he was generally hated by fans of the show. Eagle-eyed viewers noticed something about her profile on the MAFS Wikipedia page that made them wonder if they are not the only ones to give him shade.

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A controversial actor on ‘Married at first sight’

According to Distractify, when Williams was paired with Paige Banks, hopes of a promising relationship didn’t last long. Right after the wedding, Williams commented on not being attracted to his new bride. He seemed to be getting over it though – at least, enough to have sex with her.

But the next morning, he disappeared for a few hours, coming back to say he had had a panic attack. He then told Banks directly that he wasn’t attracted to her. Things just seemed to get worse from there. It became clear that he had been involved with his ex-girlfriend very recently. Eventually, he even revealed that he got her pregnant shortly before her marriage to Banks.

He even bought his ex a Mercedes when he was supposed to be working on his relationship with Banks. On the day of the decision, he tearfully announced that his ex had miscarried. He said he realized he had made a mistake in the way he treated Banks and said he was sorry. Her change of mind was ultimately not enough to save the relationship.

Chris Williams as an entrepreneur

One of the concerns Williams expressed at the start of her reality show was that women often only want it for its money. And as he told Black Enterprise, his riches have been hard earned. Williams explained that he started his climb to the top from a very low point.

He lived in a car he rented for a while, as he searched for a career path that would suit him. “I was studying in my car at night, reading books on business and finance at Harvard,” he said. He was eventually offered a CFO position, which brought him to the Atlanta area.

Shortly after this opportunity helped put his feet on the ground, he decided to increase his income with a franchise for a Subway fast food restaurant. He passed the required test, obtained funding and became the youngest owner of a Subway franchise in Atlanta history. Williams may not have impressed viewers with his skills as a partner, but it looks like he has other qualities to offer. Or does he do it?

Wikipedia shadow?

In March 2020, about six months after opening, Williams’ subway franchise closed. According to Soap Dirt, the restaurant was speculated to be another victim of the pandemic, which has hit small businesses hard. However, people who worked there said the problems started much earlier.

It is reported that he never paid his franchise fees after the initial down payment. He also treated employees badly, keeping them chronically understaffed and overworked, and yelled at them when he was unhappy. Williams’ biography on the Wikipedia page for MAFS describes him as a “CFO and entrepreneur”.

However, until recently he was listed as “owner of a closed metro”. Fans of MAFS Can’t help but wonder if the original description was a subtle jab to a competitor that viewers didn’t like so much. Whether or not that was the case, at least that was an accurate description.

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