Love Is Blind is more than a game show: It’s a social experiment. In a world where hopeful daters are being swiped left or right on without a second thought based solely on their looks (thanks, Tinder), the Netflix hit dared to see what might happen if the opposite occurred: two people connected without ever seeing each other. Contestants entered individual soundproof pods for 10 straight days with only each other's voices to keep themselves entertained. After two seasons of the show, the results are in, and newsflash: It’s a mixed bag. Some couples fell in love. Some got engaged. Some faced heartbreak. And some even walked down the aisle.
With Season 3 on the horizon (it’s set to drop later this year after previously filming in Dallas, Texas), we’re taking a look back at the show’s biggest breakout couples to find out whether they're still enamored with each other—or if all bets are off.
Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton
Fans will be happy to know that Season 1 vets Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton are still going strong as of April 2022. The pair, who tied the knot on November 16, 2018, after connecting almost instantaneously, were one of two couples from season 1 to officially say “I do." While it wasn’t all sunshine and roses, with Lauren telling Us Weekly that they went through a “difficult” period (“It could be a lot of pressure and I think we’re human. You know, we’re not love robots,” she explained), they have since found their footing. In fact, they released a joint book about their love, Leap of Faith: Finding Love the Modern Way, in June 2021, and celebrated their third wedding anniversary together in November 2021.
Next up for the couple? The pitter-patter of little feet—at least if Lauren’s last line of her anniversary post is any indicator. “Now let’s have some babiessssss,” she captioned her sweet message.
Amber Pike and Matt Barnett
Amber Pike and Matt Barnett were another Season 1 success story, tying the knot in November 2018. Three years later, they’re still going strong, despite any TV drama that may have occurred with fellow cast member Jessica Batten, who initially connected with Barnett and struggled to shake her feelings for him once he moved on with Pike. The couple reportedly shared with fans in a January Instagram Q&A that they bought a house together in September 2021.
They also regularly post sweet tributes to each other on social media, with Barnett’s most recent post celebrating Pike’s birthday. “Happy 29th + 1 birthday to my beautiful and sleepy wife, my adventure buddy, my rockstar. the absolute love of my life!” he gushed, adding, “Welcome to your 30s!”
Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers
Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers had one of the most shocking storylines of Season 1, with Powers ultimately denying his fiancé at the altar during the show’s finale. Even more surprising, his hesitancy to say "yes" to their love didn’t end their relationship—at least not immediately. "We never stopped dating. The day of the wedding, after that whole big moment happened, I really just realized this is an amazing person and he was just speaking his truth," Gibelli would later tell ET of the incident.
By August 2021, however, they had officially gone their separate ways, in large part due to a feud that erupted after Powers invited pal Francesca Farago to an anniversary party for Love Is Blind without discussing it with Gibelli. “I am officially single," Gibelli told ET at the time. "Me and Damian haven't been dating for a couple of months now. I've moved on. I feel really, really good. I'm definitely at a really good place in my life."
It wasn’t long before she found love again, however, this time with Bachelorette alum Blake Horstmann. First linked in January, the pair is currently celebrating Giannina’s 29th birthday in Barcelona together. As for Powers? He appears to be enjoying the single life.
Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas
Both Batten and Cuevas have both found love since starring on Love Is Blind—just not with each other. After breaking up at the alter—a decision that Batten would later claim was a pre-planned, mutual decision between the exes—it was alleged that Cuevas may not have been entirely faithful during their time together. Needless to say, it wasn’t a match.
Cuevas moved on with his now fiancée, Aubrey Rainey, in the summer of 2020. The couple has since welcomed two children, sons Ace Anthony and Axton Anders, in February. Batten, meanwhile, got engaged to one Dr. Benjamin McGrath in September 2021, and is currently busy planning her upcoming nuptials.
Diamond Jack and Carlton Morton
While Jack and Morton’s love story started off sweetly, with the pair getting engaged after emerging from their pods, it quickly turned sour when Morton revealed that he was bisexual. The disclosure ultimately proved to be too much for the couple to weather, with Morton later explaining to PEOPLE, “I feel like we were met with some things that neither one of us really knew how to handle at that time and may not have handled that situation in the best way.”
Though the pair briefly reconnected in February 2020, even giving a joint interview about their turbulent experience, they had another falling out months later online, with Jack going so far as to blocking her former fiancé. Both Jack and Morton appear to be single as of press time.
Kelly Chase and Kenny Barnes
Chase and Barnes may not have wanted to share a life together, but they decided to get to know each other nonetheless. “We were adamant about we’re not going to get married,” Barnes later revealed to PEOPLE. “And really, the engagement was just to extend the experiment. And we were both committed to that.”
Still, Chase had hopes that they would continue to date following the show and found it difficult to stop communicating with her partner in crime. (“I’d just talked to him for six-and-a-half weeks straight, and then I didn’t talk to him. So it was like I lost someone. It was hard,” she explained to the outlet.) Unfortunately for her, Barnes wasn’t receptive—he failed to respond to a handwritten letter she sent him saying that she wanted to continue to get to know him.
Chase holds no ill will, though, telling Barnes, who has since gotten engaged to fiancé Alexandra Garrison, in their joint interview: “I really do care about you and I do love you. And I know I love the person that you are—and I am so happy for you. And I know that everything happens for a reason, and it did work out the way it was supposed to.”
Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson
Ruhl and Thompson who exchanged their vows on national television during the show’s Season 2 finale, have their issues, just like any couple. But, as they explained to Us Weekly in March 2022, they’re working them out with the help of a therapist. “I think the biggest challenge for us was losing the structure of the show,” Thompson told he publication. “We quickly realized like, ‘Hey, two months ago, we weren’t married, we were single. Since then, we’ve met and married, we have friends, we have family, everybody — some people know, some people don’t.’ And so, it’s like, ‘How do you navigate these waters and how do you go from doing whatever you want two months ago to, like, being part of a family?’”
Ruhl, who struggles with anxiety, said that their decision to seek professional help has made things easier between the pair. “The harder we try, the more our therapist is a translator for us, the easier it becomes,” she shared, adding, “I just can’t wait for people to see the relationship that we have now.”
On August 21, 2022, it was reported that the couple filed for divorce after one year of marriage in Illinois, according to People. In an Instagram post in September, Danielle wrote, "No matter what, I’ll always care for nick and appreciate our time together. Our experience together will always hold a special place in my heart. As a wise woman said - choose yourself."
Iyanna McNeeley and Jarrette Jones
Iyanna McNeely became Mrs. Jones at the conclusion of Season 2, with her new husband proudly proclaiming that he just “married the woman of his dreams.”
The couple gave PEOPLE an update on their timeline as man and wife, which Jones said they're kicking off in style. "The first thing on our agenda is to travel because we had talked about that in the pod so much, about how we just wanted to travel the world before we settle down again, having children," he told the publication. "Just so we can be out as a married couple with no strings attached, no bars and just be ourselves and enjoy our time together."
Unfortunately on August 17, the couple announce via a joint Instagram post that they are separating and will begin the process of getting a divorce.
Shaina Hurley and Kyle Abrams
Hurley and Abrams’s connection fizzled out relatively early on after the Christian hairstylist changed her mind about accepting his proposal due to Abrams’s Atheism. She soon accepted another proposal, however, this time from restauranteur Christos Lardakis.
Abrams isn’t doing so bad, himself, though: He was reportedly spotted grabbing brunch at Lardakis’s Kanela Breakfast Club restaurant in Chicago with show alum, Deepti Vempati, in mid-March 2022. Abrams also expressed regret over the way his relationship with Vempati ended during the Love Is Blind season 2 reunion. “I should have asked Deepti to marry me,” he said. “I love her so much. She's the best.”
As for Hurley and Abrams? “We don’t really talk,” Abrams told Us Weekly in February 2022. “We don’t, uh, communicate. There’s nothing left.”
Deepti Vempati and Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee
While Deepti Vempati and Shake Chatterjee had a strong mental connection in the pods, it didn’t seem to translate physically for Chatterjee once they got a good look at each other. Deepti ultimately chose herself in the finale following several disparaging remarks about her fiancé's attraction for her.
According to Vempati, their romance quickly soured. “After filming had wrapped, I was under the impression that we could at least celebrate this friendship that we built cause we’ve gone through something so insane and that like no one else understands,” she shared on Nick Viall’s “The Viall Files” podcast. She added that “as the days unfolded after filming had wrapped, I just started to see more of his true character." Beyond that, Vempati said her former spouse-to-be wasn’t exactly sensitive to her feelings. “He was very outward about his dating, and we had just ended this engagement,”
While she told Elite Daily that she was single in March, she admitted that there may be something afoot with Abrams. “Kyle and I, we are figuring it out,” she said. “There’s a lot on our plate right now. We’ll see what happens.”
After all, as Vempati noted to the outlet, “Not a lot of people know that we had a really strong connection in the pods. I was really struggling to pick between Shake and Kyle.”
Chatterje, on the other hand, is focusing on his career, making the move to Miami and taking a break from his career as a vet to focus on endeavors in NFTs and Crypto.
Natalie Lee and Shayne Jansen
While Lee and Jansen often provided the show with comic relief, there was nothing funny about the blowout fight that occurred the night before their wedding that ultimately saw them putting the brakes on the affair. Lee later revealed to Us Weekly that they tried to make it work following the show, but that it ultimately wasn’t meant to be. “Shayne and I are friends,” she said in early March 2022. “We did give it another shot after our wedding, so we did continue our relationship for several months and we parted ways after that. But we are friends right now and I wish him all the best.”
Weeks later, however, the publication reported that the former lovebirds had stopped communicating and unfollowed each other on social media.
Mallory Zapata and Salvador Perez
While Perez and Zapata had fans swooning when he serenaded her with his sweet tunes, he called off their engagement before saying “I do.” Still, he admitted to Us Weekly that it wasn’t an easy choice. “I was a roller-coaster of emotions [at the wedding]. I was just feeling everything, and I really was trying to wrap my head around everything that we had been through together. I was really just kind of summarizing it in my head and I knew that at that moment of my wedding, I just wanted to make that choice with her,” he said, adding, “I wanted to see how I felt in that moment with her. It was a crazy day.”
Though the couple didn’t tie the knot, they did try to make it work after the cameras stopped rolling. “Mallory and I had a date afterward and we talked about everything,” Perez later told Us. “We got some closure on a lot of stuff and we just, we tried everything. We tried everything from a romantic standpoint and in that date, we just got our closure and decided to part ways. And since then, we’ve just checked in on each other and I wish her the best, and I have my respect for her, you know, and everything like that. We tried, we were vulnerable with each other and that’s all we can really do.”