7 'Love Is Blind' couples whose drama continued long after filming

  • Netflix's "Love Is Blind" has introduced some very dramatic couples since premiering in 2020.

  • Starting in season one, Giannina and Damian's on-again/off-again romance kept fans guessing.

  • Paul and Micah from season four also reunited and split again offscreen.

Each season of Netflix's popular reality dating show "Love Is Blind," a new group of people are given the chance to find love without worrying about physical appearances — through blind dating in the now-infamous "pods." But while the show is primarily about finding a soulmate, there's also usually a fair amount of drama that unfolds on each season.

Like many other reality dating shows, there are some couples who can't quite seem to escape the drama, even after their season has ended. Here are seven of the messiest "Love Is Blind" relationships, where the drama continued long after filming wrapped.

Season 1: Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers

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Giannina and Damian on "Love is Blind."Netflix

During the season one finale of "Love Is Blind," Damian decided not to marry Giannina, causing her to flee from the altar in embarrassment. The decision wasn't completely surprising, given that Giannina regularly picked fights with Damian and insulted him during arguments.

The couple apologized to one another during the reunion episodes, and revealed to cohosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey that they were still dating.

However, during the "After the Altar" episodes for season one, which were filmed in November 2020, Giannina and Damian got into an explosive argument after Damian brought his friend, "Too Hot to Handle" star Francesca Farago, to a "Love Is Blind" anniversary party.

The couple ended their relationship for good shortly thereafter, Giannina revealed.

Season 2: Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson

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Danielle and Nick on "Love Is Blind."Netflix

Danielle and Nick's relationship, featured on season two of "Love Is Blind," was difficult to watch at times. Danielle revealed early on that she used to be much heavier, and that she struggled with her self-esteem and mental health.

Despite their struggles, Danielle and Nick both said yes at the altar during the season two finale. However, they ultimately split up just over a year later, when Danielle filed for divorce in August 2022.

The divorce wasn't amicable, at least not at first. Both Danielle and Nick criticized each other for their handling of the separation in interviews and statements to news outlets. As of May 2023, though, the former couple seemed to have mended things — at least to the extent that they hung out together and Danielle felt comfortable appearing on Nick's podcast. In August, Nick told Entertainment Tonight that the two were "cordial" and that they talk.

Season 2: Natalie Lee and Shayne Jansen

Natalie and Shayne on "Love Is Blind."
Natalie and Shayne on "Love Is Blind."Adrian S. Burrows Sr./Netflix

Natalie and Shayne also appeared on season two of "Love Is Blind." Their relationship outside of the pods appeared to be going relatively smoothly until they got to the altar.

As they told cameras, they had a blowout fight the night before their wedding, which caused Natalie to say "no" to marriage after Shayne said "yes." They tried dating again after filming ended but were broken up by the reunion, which was filmed around February 2022.

By the time the "After the Altar" episodes were filmed, the pair didn't interact at all, but the drama in their relationship was still a prominent storyline.

Natalie told her friends in the cast that she and Shayne broke up because she found inappropriate text messages between Shayne and their season two castmate Shaina Hurley, who was dating her current husband at the time. Shayne and Shaina both denied that their messages were more than platonic.

Then on TikTok in January 2023, Natalie wrote in a reply to a comment that Shayne auditioned for another Netflix dating show, "Perfect Match," in November 2021 — while they were still together.

Season 3: Zanab Jaffrey and Cole Barnett

Zanab and Cole on episode four.
Zanab and Cole on "Love Is Blind."Netflix

Zanab and Cole got engaged in the pods but appeared to dislike each other from the start of their trip to Mexico. While there, they fought over topics as minute as semantics, and they rarely stopped arguing throughout the season.

Cole also commented a couple of times on Zanab's weight throughout the season. During their most alarming blow up right before their wedding, Cole asked Zanab if she was bipolar.

Still, after Zanab spoke her mind at the altar and called Cole out for disparaging her throughout their relationship, he appeared shocked that she said no. On the "Love Is Blind" reunion special, Cole and Zanab said they hadn't spoken to each other since their wedding day, but Cole's comments to Zanab about her weight and eating habits came up.

Zanab referenced a moment in which Cole questioned why she was eating a Cutie orange before they went out to dinner, which sparked a conversation online that eventually became known as "Cutiegate."

In a November 2022 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zanab opened up about how she had disordered eating behaviors during filming and sought therapy after breaking up with Cole.

"If that really did come from our relationship, I am to the core of myself sorry that that ever happened," Cole said in response in his own interview with Entertainment Weekly at the time.

Season 3: Raven Ross and Sikiru "SK" Alagbada

SK Alagbada and Raven Ross at the "Love Is Blind" reunion.
SK and Raven at the "Love Is Blind" reunion.Sara Mally/Netflix

SK and Raven got engaged in the pods during season three and hit some bumps in their relationship during the first few stages of the experiment. They struggled with physical chemistry and logistics of their relationship because SK had been accepted to grad school in California and Raven had to stay in Texas for her business.

At the altar, SK said no to marrying Raven, later adding that he thought that it wasn't the right time in their lives to get married. On her wedding day, a heartbroken Raven told cameras that she would've married SK.

Then, at the pre-taped reunion that aired on November 9, 2022, the couple revealed that they'd reunited post-wedding and were in a long-distance relationship.

"We've grown so much from this experiment first of all, from what we went through, from being apart. It makes it so much better when we're together," Raven said at the reunion. "Of course, I'd prefer to be with him every day, but we've grown so much from it and it's really beautiful to do that."

She also joked that she knew how many direct messages SK was getting from other women on social media after their wedding episode aired. Unfortunately, just 11 days after the reunion episode aired, Raven and SK posted a joint statement to their respective Instagram Stories announcing their breakup.

"We are saddened to announce that we have decided to go our separate ways," the statement read (via People). "Due to the on-going legal proceedings surrounding these allegations, we can not provide additional details and ask that you please respect our privacy during this hard time."

The "allegations" they were likely referring to first emerged in a now-deleted TikTok video in which someone claimed that SK was cheating on Raven while they were together after the show was released.

On season three's "After the Altar" episodes released in February 2023, the world learned that the couple had briefly been engaged again before the allegations broke.

Raven addressed the situation in a self-taped video appended to the end of the episodes.

"My world is completely different because SK cheated on me, and now our relationship is over," she said tearfully in video confessional footage at the end of episode three. "It's so crazy to watch it back and remember my feelings then. I was so happy. I really was so invested in the person that everyone saw and everyone loved. That's the person that I saw and I loved every day, too."

Season 4: Jackie Bonds and Josh Demas

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Josh and Jackie on "Love is Blind: After the Altar."Netflix

Josh and Jackie polarized viewers during their time on season four of Netflix's "Love Is Blind."

At first, Jackie accepted a proposal from contestant Marshall Glaze while still in the pods. But things between the two devolved once they returned to Seattle after a trip to Mexico with the other engaged couples.

While living together, Jackie frequently criticized Marshall for not being "masculine" enough, even telling Marshall to "boss up" in one blowout fight. They ended their relationship, and Jackie reached out to Josh, even though she'd initially turned him down while they were still in the pods.

Josh, for his part, wasn't really featured much on season four until he and Jackie reconnected at a coffee shop. They began dating shortly thereafter, and revealed that they were still together in a pretaped interview at the live reunion.

But the drama surrounding the two continued when leaked texts Jackie sent to her friends criticizing Marshall went viral on TikTok as the episodes were airing on Netflix in April 2023. (Jackie later apologized.)

During the "After the Altar" episodes for season four, which aired in September 2023, Jackie and Marshall hugged it out in person and agreed to squash their beef. However, an altercation with Jackie's friend and fellow "Love Is Blind" season four contestant Monica (who Josh got engaged to in the pods) caused Josh to explode at Monica, and Jackie to storm out.

In September, Jackie confirmed via Instagram Live that she and Josh had broken up, People reported. Per People, Jackie said that Josh ended their relationship after she spoke with Moncia when he asked her not to during the "After the Altar" episodes. Jackie told her followers she was "still sick about it low-key" and that she loves Josh.

Season 4: Micah Lussier and Paul Peden

Micah and Paul on "Love Is Blind."
Micah and Paul on "Love Is Blind."Netflix

Micah and Paul appeared to be an unlikely match in the pods when they got engaged sight unseen. Although Micah's best friend voiced doubts about the relationship, they made it to the altar — where Paul told Micah he didn't want to get married.

Then, on the live "Love Is Blind" reunion special that aired April 16, the former couple revealed that they'd tried to date after their wedding but had since broken up again.

On the "After the Altar" season four episodes released on September 1, Micah struggled because she and Paul tried to maintain a friendship after he started dating someone else. In a scene filmed for the series, she told him she wanted to cut off contact.

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