We’ve seen our fair share of dating reality TV shows, but Love Is Blind is definitely among the most memorable!
The hit Netflix series follows a cast of Atlanta singles who were willing to test the theory that you can organically fall in love AND get engaged to someone without seeing each other first (wild, we know). There were tears, drama, jaw-dropping blowouts, and enough awkward “pod” moments that you almost forget hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey were supposed to be the big names tied to this thing!
Some would say it’s the perfect hybrid of Bachelor in Paradise, 90 Day Fiancé, and The Circle — and we couldn’t agree more! You know who did and didn’t make it down the aisle, but what are the couples actually up to right now? Find out (below)!
Amber & Barnett
Amber Pike and Matt Barnett are still together! The pair appeared on the reunion show as a united front with Amber sporting a new blonde look, a departure from the brunette locks she had before. The couple has since moved into a new home together and in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Amber revealed there have been discussions about starting a family together soon! She gushed over the idea of being a stay-at-home momma.
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It’s not to say the two haven’t had their fair share of struggles within their marriage, though. While appearing on the reunion, Amber admitted they considered splitting up at one point over finances and differences in their lifestyles:
“I think it took us a while to figure out how to hang out and party together. At one time I called about potentially getting the divorce lawyer. I was like, ‘This isn’t working.’”
But Barnett backed her up, adding “it’s nothing but really good things since then,” and judging by the countless adorable couple shots featured on their social media profiles, we’re inclined to believe these two really are enjoying their happily ever after together. Sweet!
Giannina and Damian
These two actually found a way to make it work after their dramatic showdown at the altar! Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers did not tie the knot but they are still dating. Stepping away from the show’s format allowed the couple to get to know each other at their own pace and work through the toxic communication issues that plagued them during the LIB experiment. In conversation with ET, Giannina admitted that Damian was right not to say “I Do” on their wedding day:
“I respect his decision and I understand why he said what he did, so that we could have a true, healthy relationship because marriage was putting a lot of pressure on us.”
On the reunion special, Giannina described their new dynamic as “refreshing” and a quick look through their social media profiles shows they’ve been going strong, and have spent at least some part of the coronavirus quarantine period together. As for their long-term plans, Damian also told the outlet that getting married someday is still a possibility:
“It’s not off the table. But I want to make sure it’s done right, it’s done beautiful and this time is the last time.”
If these two crazy lovebirds can make it work then all hope is not lost for you quirky single folks out there, LOLz!
Kelly and Kenny
The couple that seemingly started out as the most solid broke all of our hearts on their wedding day! While Kenny Barnes wanted to move forward and tie the knot, Kelly Chase did not and said there just wasn’t enough time to “get there” before their big decision. Bummer, their families got along so well, too!
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After the show, Kelly briefly dated a close family friend (who just so happened to be in attendance at her almost-wedding), but it ultimately did not work out and she’s currently single. She has since transitioned into a career as an “entrepreneur coach for women,” according to her IG bio, and seems very happy despite how things ended with her fiancé. At the reunion special, Kelly admitted she wasn’t “in love” with Kenny but hoped to have more time to figure it all out:
“I wanted to continue our journey of dating and getting to know one another and that didn’t happen. It’s water under the bridge now.”
An important fun fact later revealed to ET: The pair said they both decided off-camera to say “I Don’t” at the altar, but viewers know that Kenny broke script and decided to propose anyway. Interesting…
Despite that awkward and painful breakup, Kenny is absolutely thriving post-LIB experiment! He told his castmates that he “could not be doing better” these days after moving on from Kelly. Kenny has since relocated from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, got himself a new girlfriend, and the two seem so in love! Barnes later told the crew:
“This experiment, whether I understood it or not, allowed me to find the person I’m with today. I have the best girlfriend for me.”
Good for you, dude!
Carlton and Diamond
Diamond Jack and Carlton Morton‘s relationship came to a crashing halt at their couple’s retreat in Mexico. The two got into an explosive fight after Carlton revealed he was bisexual and had previously been in relationships with men, just days after they decided to get engaged. The secret was too much for Diamond to handle and many viewers would agree that Carlton could’ve been more upfront with her before they took their relationship to the next level.
As far as we know, Diamond is currently single and back in school working on her PhD. She also landed a few paid sponsorships, like this one (below) with FabFitFun, and appears to be in a really good place in life!
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Carlton, on the other hand, has been doing a lot of self-reflecting since coming out to his ex-fiancée on national television. He’s used his newfound fame and platform to become an active member of the LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta and combat the negative narrative that’s been portrayed about him in the media following his appearance on the show.
Carlton made a point to literally get down on one knee and apologize to Diamond face-to-face once the cast was reunited, saying:
“My sole purpose in coming here today… I wanted to make it clear that I am here for you no matter what was said and what we’ve been through. Forgiveness let’s us create something beautiful through the darkness and today I’d like it to be the start of creating something really beautiful.”
The pair ended their beef on the spot and while Carlton proposed they work on friendship, multiple reports claim they are no longer in contact at all. Probably for the best, all things considered!
Jessica and Mark
It’s no secret that Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas had a truly rough time during the LIB experiment. Seemingly mismatched from the start, the pair struggled to find a balance between their lack of physical chemistry, age difference, and Jessica’s lingering feelings for Barnett. It became a running joke at one point that the show should be renamed to “Mark Is Blind” because of how painful it was to see his heart get stepped on so many times over and it came as a surprise to no one when they did not get married during the finale.
Months later, he enjoyed a few new relationships including one with a former contestant, Lauren “LC” Chamblin, who he allegedly cheated on! The reported deception all came out because of a post on Reddit’s Love is Blind forum. One user shared a photo of Mark and a mystery woman with the caption, “My close friend’s co-worker is dating Mark!!” SAVAGE!! So yeah, Mark is once again single.
As for Jessica, she moved back to Chicago after the show to regroup and spend some time with family, but she’s since moved again to start fresh in Los Angeles. She is also still single and working on herself, and recently told ET she still has a lot of love for Mark despite how things ended:
“We’re connected for life. No one is ever gonna understand how crazy this was.”
Lauren and Cameron
Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton were truly destined to be together from the very start! As the first couple to get engaged, their love story made suffering through the more cringeworthy moments of the show worth it when viewers watched them walk down the aisle and say, “I Do.” Speaking on their current status, Lauren proudly revealed that “life for us has been really, really, good,” adding she has ” never been as happy as I have been when I am with Cameron.” We’re not crying, you’re crying!
The Atlanta-based couple are now the proud parents of their fur baby, Mr. Sparkx, and on their new YouTube channel Hangin’ with the Hamiltons, they shared plans to have a real baby together sometime in the near future. Ugh, talk about couple goals! We wish Lauren and Cameron everything great this life has to offer!
The Reunion Special
Because, why not check it out for yourself, right? As we’ve mentioned, Nick and Vanessa Lachey got the crew back together again to share what they’ve learned from their experiences. And like any good reunion show, things got a little testy when frienemies Amber and Jessica were face-to-face again! Watch that satisfying moment and more in the full clip (below):
There you have it, Perezcious TV addicts! One more piece of good news: Love Is Blind has been renewed for season 2 so we’ll have another fun cast of singles to obsess over (hopefully) very soon. Will U be tuning in??
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