For me, one of the couple that was the hardest to watch on this season of Love is Blind was that of Deepti Vempati and Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee. Despite some initial bumps, the two became engaged in the pods. When they met in person, Shake seemed quite taken with Deepti. But things quickly went downhill. Shake started talking behind Deepti’s back about her appearance and lack of sexual attraction to her. At one point, he even compared their relationship to something he would feel for his aunt. Eek. Even if he did feel this way, it was jarring to hear the insensitivity. Especially since Deepti was so sweet and open during the process.
In the finale, a stunning Deepti walked down the aisle with a big smile. But when it came time to say “I do,” she firmly stated, “I don’t,” and said that she chose herself. I actually cheered at this moment. We all knew Deepti deserved better and she did too. Now, her family is coming to her defense and has some strong words for her former fiancé.
As reported by E! News, Deepti’s bother Sunny and his partner Hina Merchant Vempati shared a joint post on Instagram slamming Shake. The couple started, “Now normally I don’t get involved in drama but I’mma defend my sister here: ‘Shake’, bruh, you’re a loser. You minimized my sister’s life by making some awful and cringeworthy comments about her.” They went on, “You made these statements knowing your own mom would one day watch it; my parents and my entire family had to sit through you talking behind my sister’s back about insecurities she fought her entire life.”
The couple also acknowledged that the blame is on Shake and his actions, not any editing by producers. Sunny and Hina stated, “In spite of your best efforts to pretend this was all fictional and it was because of the ‘edit’, no one forced you to say those words. We welcomed you into our home, and you saw it as an opportunity for clout; so forgive me if I’m not sympathetic towards you and the hate you’re receiving.”
Sunny and Hina then addressed Deepti and said, “Deepu, we are SO incredibly proud of you! We’ve witnessed you grow into such an incredible and beautiful woman.” They commended her for inspiring others to know their “self worth” and demand “what they deserve and settle for nothing less.” The couple concluded, “We wish you didn’t pick that [clown emoji] but despite his childishness, you carried yourself with grace and continued to see the good in people. We’re so damn proud to call you our baby sister, and know we’re there for you always.”
Deepti shared the post on her Instagram story and wrote, “The love and support from my family is unmatched.” When you see a family as uplifting as this, it’s no wonder that Deepti has a strong sense of self worth and love for herself. Which is exactly how it should be. Deepti deserves so much better and I hope she finds it!
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK SHAKE WAS HORRIBLE TO DEEPTI? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHE SAID NO? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HER FAMILY’S POST?
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