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After announcing their plans to divorce last November, viewers are now watching the end of Mike Shouhed and Jessica Parido's marriage on Shahs of Sunset Season 5. The five-year relationship is self-destructing right before our eyes with Mike most recently confessing to cheating on Jessica. In the months since the cameras stopped rolling, Mike has made strides to try and get his emotional health back in order through therapy, yoga, and trips to synagogue. And, that means that he and Jessica have also spoken a few times as well. "Jessica and I have spoken. We've hung out. We've talked. It's difficult, five years together, we shared a lot of memories. Jessica was 21 when I met her. I say this all the time, but 21 is a very pivotal time in a person's life, especially a woman. Then to have her partner be 10 years older, it's kind of like I was her go-to person for everything. We were always corresponding about different things. And she was my go-to person for women's intuition. She was my emotional rock. She was my cultural rock. She was my religious rock," Mike told The Daily Dish. "She was the person I went to bed with and woke up with every day. So to miss that person in my life, there was a huge void. There was a huge gap and we spent months where we didn't talk. And then she reached out to me and we just started talking again, and it felt great. But there's so much baggage. There's so much hurt. There's so much pain. There's a lot of baggage we have to get through before we can even think about becoming cordial with each other on a consistent basis."
Mike isn't sure the former couple can ever reconcile (he says that's a "huge question that has yet to be answered," adding "I miss her. I care for her. I am very sorry for what I did"), but he does know that he won't rule out marrying again someday should he meet the right person. "If me and Jessica decide not to work it out and we decide to move and [go] separate ways, I'm finally OK with myself," he said. "I've forgiven myself with what I've done where I feel like I deserve to be loved again and be in a relationship because my ultimate goal with Jessica was to be married and stay married and have a family. If it doesn't happen with Jessica, I hope that one day I find someday who will love me and want to have a family with me."
Reza Farahan previously shared that his longtime buddy is currently dating in the wake of his split, but Mike says he's not ready for anything serious. "Am I dating? I go out on dates. But it's hard again being an emotional person, I'm kind of sensitive. So it's difficult for me to really get into that mindset. It's unfair to bring someone into my life right now," he explained.
As for Jessica, Mike confirmed she is no longer dating the man she had been spotted with shortly after the duo announced their separation. "I think that was just a rebound," he said. "I hurt her and she was looking for someone to give her attention and love and fill a void that she was feeling with me, but it's done."
Below, relive the moment when Mike confessed to Reza that he had been unfaithful to Jessica.
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