Love is Blind fans know that Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas‘s relationship was pretty much over before it actually began. She wanted to be with [Matt] Barnett and never seemed to give Mark a chance, constantly mentioning that he was “24 years old,” which she was very much aware of right from the jump.
Obviously, these two didn’t make it down the aisle. But, after the show, Mark was dating LC Chamblin, another Love is Blind cast member who wanted to marry Barnett. This guy has a type, right? Well, apparently LC found out Mark was cheating on her in a Reddit thread with a bunch of women and Jessica chimed in saying she knew he was cheating with one woman, but didn’t know about the others. Now, it seems like Mark and Jessica have finally put the past behind them.
I miss the simple days when Jessica Batten being 34 while Mark Cuevas was 24 was such a big issue. As Love is Blind fans know, Jessica and Mark didn’t make it down the aisle, which surprised no one since Jessica never seemed to give Mark a chance and was still hung up on [Matt] Barnett.
Apparently, after the show, Mark started dating LC Chamblin, who was also on Love is Blind. She was one of the other girls who was interested in Barnett, but she didn’t get engaged to any of the other guys, so we never saw her again. And, now, there are rumors that Mark cheated on LC, which is quite the risk considering the global pandemic going on right now. Oh, and apparently he may have cheated on Jessica too.
While the premise of Love is Blind focused on singles looking for true love without seeing what the suitors look like, one of the most compelling elements was the love triangles. Jessica Batten was torn between [Matt] Barnett and Mark Cuevas. However, Barnett ditched Jessica for Amber Pike and LC Chamblin. Eventually, he proposed to Amber and they’re still married today, almost two years later. That quickly ended LC’s reality TV career though. However, Jessica was still on the show, annoying the shit out of all of us.
Jessica constantly reminded Mark that he was “24.” She created problems that weren’t actually there while Mark was an absolute gem. She also got drunk and threw herself at Barnett a couple of different times that we saw. The level of disrespect was unreal.
It was pretty shocking on the Love is Blind finale when Kelly Chase ditched Kenny Barnes at the altar. Sure, we didn’t see a ton of their relationship. However, their families really hit it off and most fans assumed they didn’t get much screentime because they had such a solid relationship.
After the show aired, and the cast was allowed to do press, the former couple claimed that they planned to break up at the altar with the intention to date after. Allegedly, they wanted to still be together, but didn’t want to get married after knowing each other for a month. Understandable. However, one of the Love Is Blind producers has a totally different perspective on Kenny and Kelly.
Love Is Blind is such a fascinating show because the cast members solely got to know each other through talking and didn’t even get to see each other. Well, that’s mostly true.
Considering that the show solely featured Atlanta residents, it really isn’t that shocking that two people actually knew each other prior to filming Love Is Blind. It’s a bit surprising that it was not actually mentioned on the show, but that’s where social media comes in: to fill in those gaps.
Ok, I will admit it – I am obsessed with Love Is Blind. While I could have done without all the recapping/flashbacks in the wedding episode (hello, Netflix, this is a binge show and I just watched all that today), the end really kept me on the edge of my seat. It didn’t disappoint. I think it was safe to assume some of the couples, ahem, Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas, weren’t going to leave with a happy ending, but some of them really threw me for a loop.
One couple that surprised fans was Kenny Barnes and Kelly Chase. They seemed into each other. Sure, Kelly did mention some lack of sexual excitement but she seemed full steam ahead for the majority of the show. It wasn’t until the finale that I realized something was amiss. Her whole demeanor changed and she seemed less than excited about what was going to happen. While getting ready for her “wedding”, she seemed uncomfortable and anxious. I knew it was over when she put zero effort into her makeup. That was a huge tell that this was not going to be her true wedding day as no bride would walk down the aisle like that. Just saying. But when Kelly said “I don’t”, it sunk in that this just wasn’t there time to get married. Still, there seemed to be a lot of love there and that doesn’t just go away.
Am I the only one who has binged Netflix’s Love Is Blind – twice? Well, I did, and I’m not sorry for it. This show is a reality television masterpiece. It has everything fans of romantic reality shows love – proposals out of nowhere, hot tubs and rose petals, epic fights featuring Beyonce lyrics, and Jessica Batten (google her). It’s so great to watch a first season of a reality show. The kinks haven’t been worked out yet, and it doesn’t have a reputation, which makes it more authentic. Part of the fun of watching this show was the extreme social experiment of getting engaged to someone you’ve never seen. But what was more fun was how messy it got. Literally.
Giannina Gibelli was a standout personality. She proposed to Damian Powers in the pods, and then continually self-sabotaged throughout the “experiment.” On the day of their wedding, Giannina was denied by Damian at the alter and she quickly became the runaway bride who fell in mud. Then in the next scene, we see her dramatically confront Damian, and her dress is whiter than white. People on Twitter were quick to call out shoddy editing.
Is anyone out there NOT obsessed with Love Is Blind? I have to admit, I was a little late to the party, not really being up for yet another reality dating show. They are starting to all feel the same and I just can’t get into the actual love connections. But when I finally did watch, I was immediately sucked in and fully invested. The premise of the show pretty unique. Yes, I know it’s been compared to Married At First Sight but it IS different so don’t at me! I also found each of the love matches hard to stop watching.
One couple that was especially interesting to follow was Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas. After being rebuffed by her top choice Matt Barnett (better known by his last name Barnett), Jessica went rushing into the arms….erm, pod, of her second choice Mark. He was ten years her junior but boy was he head over heels for her. Coming off a rejection, it wasn’t hard to see that she was reaching in this relationship and truthfully, it was the train wreck I couldn’t look away from. Plus, what reality show doesn’t feature a storyline that we all know is going south?