Netflix's most recent foray into trashy reality TV programming is absolutely their most unbelievable. Hosted by Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey, 15 men attracted to women and 15 women attracted to men enter two separate suites and can only communicate with one another through a blue wall. That is until they get engaged. Once someone gets onto bended knee, they get to see their new fiance(e) for the first time — and prepare for their wedding, which will take place in less than a month. The obvious question is how much do looks really matter and can ten days in a pod forming an emotional connection with someone really override your need for them to have a specific "look." It helps that most of the couples Love Is Blind's casting directors chose are conventionally attractive.
The first ten days of the social experiment are boiled down to two episodes and only ten episodes comprise the whole 36-day process — so there's a whole heck of a lot the Love Is Blind audience doesn't get to see. We've done some deep digging to the most remote crevices of the worldwide web to find shocking and interesting behind-the-scenes secrets from Netflix's Love Is Blind that will answer all the questions you were too ashamed to ask.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show's creator, Chris Coelen actually spilled that eight couples got engaged — two more than the ones we see embark on their romantic getaways in Cancun. Tragically, Diamond and Carlton, who lasted only a day in quote-unquote paradise, took one of the spots from another couple who may have lasted even longer.
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"You could have asked whatever you wanted to. There were really no guidelines about things that were taboo to say it's just that the point of the experiment was to avoid trying to figure out what people looked like because that might've led you into the same ... mistakes that you had made in dating before," Amber told Entertainment Tonight. In fact, Amber said that one of the other girls told her how tall Barnett was because she didn't ask.
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Calling it "frustrating," Lauren described to Entertainment Weekly, "I feel like every time that we talked about [race], it definitely made the edit. It looks like we will be at dinner saying, 'Hey, we're interracial,' and then we'll be somewhere else and say, 'Hey, I'm black and you're white!'"
"Carlton and I were able to establish a friendship after the show," she mentioned. "But it took a very long time for myself. Carlton reached out to me on several occasions. I wasn’t ready. I had to put that behind me and remind myself that he was a good person despite what happened on the show and don’t hold grudges. I finally reached back out to him after he made several attempts to reach out to me and it started out as small talk, like happy birthday or happy new year or hope all is well. He did apologize. So I finally reached back out to him and we’ve had conversations."
Throughout the first season of Love is Blind, viewers sensed that Jessica never really got over the connection she made with Barnett while the two were in the pods. There was even a bit of drama with her seemingly coming onto him during his birthday party with Amber standing mere feet away. Barnett said he was surprised to see some of what was going on with her while re-watching the show because they haven't spoken since 2018.
"I don't know necessarily if she deserved all the flack [she got online] or anything like that," Barnett told ET. "But I haven't really talked to her since the show ended, or since filming ended."
“We would interview them when they came out of the pods. We would say, “Who was that with? Where’s your head at?” Nick told EW. “I think just in terms of editing, it just didn’t make sense for the flow of the show.”
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Mark called the living arrangements like a "frat house, but a little more emotional."
If you were getting serious FOMO watching the vacation portion of Love Is Blind, there's good news. You can stay at the same hotel the couples did with your S/O. The bad news is that the five-star Grand Velas Rivera Maya resort is all-inclusive but costs upwards of $1,000 per night.
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"I put myself out there and I became a better man because of it," Mark said in an Instagram post. "No sense living with regrets. It's just lessons learned."
She continued, "It was really frustrating because I kind of knew [Mark and I] weren’t going to get there. I definitely had some conversations and attempted to leave, but I wasn’t able to."
"Content, or lack thereof, reduces context," he wrote.
Okay, we're having difficulty believing that Lauren didn't know whether she'd marry Cameron up until the very last second. When someone like Jessica didn't invite her family or get a bouquet but Lauren had her actual pastor officiate her wedding; these two things are clearly not the same. We believe that Lauren was genuine in expressing her cold feet — but she clearly knew she'd most likely be getting hitched if she was going to put her father and pastor through all that.
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She continued, "I told him we have to be ourselves and stop imposing rules on each other. It works or it works. It doesn't or it doesn’t. We just have to be honest about it and what’s going on ... I think from that moment we took a lot of the pressure off. We've been doing amazing ever since."
"We’re certainly talking about [season two]," he said. "I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing people put to the test of whether love is blind well into the future." About a British version of the show, he said, "Let's make it happen." While The Circle started in the UK and moved Stateside, Love is Blind just might be doing the reverse.
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"My paternal instinct is kicking in," Cameron added.