Bao gives thanks to Ryan Ignasiak and fans after Zack split

Bao Huong Hoang at the dinner table
Bao is feeling grateful for her friendship. Pic credit: Lifetime

Bao Huong Hoang has had quite the roller coaster since debuting on Married at First Sight Season 13.

Not only did Bao have one of the most challenging marriages of her season with MAFS ex-husband Johnny Lam, but she also had to endure another public MAFS breakup when it was revealed boyfriend Zack Freeman had allegedly been cheating on her with several women. 

Many fans have been concerned for Bao’s wellbeing after all the heartbreak, but she recently shared a post where she appears to be in good spirits and grateful to those who care for her including her friend and fellow MAFS Season 13 castmate Ryan Ignasiak. 

Bao sends her thanks to Ryan and Reddit fans 

Bao took to her IG stories to share a smiley fresh-faced photo of herself holding a mug with an amusing phrase.

In the photo, Bao sat on an indoor swing and gave a cheery smile while wearing casual workout attire.

Bao held up her mug that humorously reads, “Oh, this calls for a spreadsheet” which calls back to Bao’s love of spreadsheets. During Married at First Sight Season 13, Bao revealed that she uses spreadsheets for most things in her life. 

Along with the photo, Bao placed text over the photo that read, “Thank you @ryanignacho and Redditt fans!!!”

Bao also wrote, “Cheers to beer in a mug post ‘5k’ run.”

Bao IG story
Pic credit: @wowforbao/Instagram

It appears Bao may be thanking Ryan and Reddit fans for their protection of her on social media. 

Ryan is one of the few MAFS cast members who actively engage in Married at First Sight Reddit threads and has weighed in several times on Zack’s cheating allegations, with some fans even accusing Ryan of allegedly threatening the women that were coming forward about Zack’s infidelity by warning them to lawyer up. 

While some of Ryan’s comments could appear to be in defense of Zack, it seems Bao still has a solid friendship with Ryan and is grateful for him during this time.

Bao and Ryan developed a friendship after Married at First Sight 

During the Where Are They Now special, viewers learned of the various friend groups that formed amongst the cast.

MAFS Season 13 stars Myrla, Johnny, Rachel, and Brett all became friends and formed a volleyball team together.

Meanwhile, Bao, Zack, and Ryan developed a bond and often played pool together.

It’s likely their friend group has crumbled a bit now that Bao and Zack’s relationship has ended on such a sour note. 

Despite Bao and Zack’s relationship ending, Bao seems to happily have maintained her friendship with Ryan and is moving on with her life after being let down by two MAFS men from one season. 

Married at First Sight premieres Wednesday, January 5th at 8/7c on Lifetime. 

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Judy McClellan
Judy McClellan
1 year ago

Bao is truly a wonderful person and she has it all in my opinion. She is very intelligent, kind, funny, pretty and absolutely gives 100% or more in whatever she does. She is along with Gil my favorites on MAFS. She tried to see the best in Johnny even though he was so mean to her. I found her giddiness so cute and honest. She is adorable and so sweet. He said she acted like a child and that turned him off and made him not be attracted to her. He is truly full of himself and needs therapy to address his meaness.

I thought all the women were amazing on this season and did a good job of being serious about finding a true life long mate. Yes, and that includes even Myrla who is a strong advocate of herself. I admire that she is firm in her decisions and sticks by them. She came from very humble beginnings and she owns it. She has worked hard and deserves all of her success and it is only right that she does what she wants with her money as long as she is dependable and contributes and splits everything her and her mate share, like rent or house payment, food, utilities which she said she would. She loves travel and wants to go on quality trips where everything is top notch and I do not know why there would be any reason why she should not. She earns her own money and makes enough to do these things. Anyway, I thought for sure that her and Gil would enjoy a long and loving marriage for the rest of their lives. I was shocked that they did not stay together and I can tell that Gil was heartbroken over it. I admit that Myrla behavior was not what I thought it would be after she broke off with Gil. I want the best for all of them and hope the other men all get therapy and straighten out their lives, especially Johnny, Zack and Ryan. I can tell Jose really tries with Rachel and I am hoping it is sincere. He is controlling for sure but the fact that he is working on this issue and getting help makes me believe there is hope for them.