18 Things You Didn't Know About Netflix's Love Is Blind

The season two finale of Love Is Blind dropped Feb. 25 on Netflix! In honor of the noteworthy episode, take a look at these shocking secrets behind the reality dating show.

By Tierney Bricker, Jillian Fabiano Feb 25, 2022 10:10 PMTags

Ladies and gentlemen, the pods are officially closed! 

That's right, Feb. 25 marked the season two finale of Love Is Blind, where 30 singles from Chicago entered the pods in hopes of finding their other half. This season—which premiered Feb. 11 on Netflix with hosts Vanessa and Nick Lachey—featured singles Shaina, Jarrette, Kyle, Salvatore, Iyanna, Danielle and more trying out pod-dating for the first time. The hope? To fall in love with someone based on who they are, instead of what they look like.

While some of them figured out that love truly can be blind, others did not. But we'll let you watch the finale for yourself!

Still, in honor of the season two finale, we rounded up some surprising secrets about the hit reality dating show that you'll just have to read to believe. For example, last season, more than six couples got engaged! 

During season one, the producers had no idea what to expect, but were hoping for a few proposals. But when two other couples (in addition to the six the show followed) ended their journey with a proposal, the producers weren't able to film all of them.

Netflix's Love Is Blind Season 2: Meet the Cast

This seemed to be a reoccurring theme for Love Is Blind, because, in season two, couples Caitlin McKee and Joey Miller and Kara Williams and Jason Beaumont also got engaged. Their respective journeys were not documented by Netflix, however.

While you get settled into your couch to watch the finale of season two of Love Is Blind on Netflix, scroll through this list to learn everything from behind-the-scenes drama to production secrets.

1. From the same production company that created Married At First Sight and other reality relationship shows, Coelen told E! News Love Is Blind was "a culmination of things we've learned on many different relationship shows," that came from asking, "if you started with pure love that was focused on just who that person was, could that love stand the test of time and survive the outside world?"

2. The pods portion of the experiment lasted about 10 days,  with 40-50 hopeful singles part of the initial cast. But over the course of the 10-day filming period, some singles were let go. 

"There was a certain point where we did a whittling down of people just to focus internally on the people who were really connecting, to allow them more time," Coelen explained. "We ended up having maybe 20-25 people in the pods at that point."

3. The first dates between all of the singles were set up speed-dating style rotation, with everyone spending 8-10 minutes with each person of the opposite sex. From then on, there were no limitations put on who you could talk to, when you could talk to them and for how long, as long as a production intermediary set it up as they were unable to communicate with each other outside of the pods. 

4. Like Married At First Sight, LIB found their season one cast all in one city: Atlanta. "There were practical considerations as much as any creative considerations," Coelen said of the decision, highlighting Atlanta's "great production support system" and the huge studio space, which they needed for the pods.

5. Hoping to have a few couples get engaged, producers were not expecting more than five couples to. So when two other couples (in addition to the six the show followed) also ended the pod portion with a proposal, producers ultimately couldn't continue filming their journey. 

"We felt like we wanted to tell diverse stories frankly," Coelen reasoned. "We weren't sure where the stories were going to go, everybody felt like they truly found the person they wanted to spend their life with and we had an abundance of story...we just didn't have time in the show to follow them, which is incredible to me."

6. One of those engaged couples was Rory Newbrough, who was often seen giving advice to the other men, and Danielle Drouin. who spent a week together in Miami as the other engaged couples went to Mexico to continue filming. But soon after they returned to Atlanta, they had a "very amicable" breakup when she realized she still had feelings for another cast member, Matt Thomas. "She ended up wanting to pursue that," Rory explained to People. Danielle and Matt ultimately didn't last either. 

7. The other unaired engagement was between Westley Baer, who was briefly shown and discussed dating as a shorter man, and Lexie Skipper. Despite not continuing with the show, they dated for three months back in Atlanta. But Westley revealed to People that his career change caused their split. "I made a crazy decision to sell everything I owned, and I moved to Asia," he said.

Two season two couples—Caitlin McKee and Joey Miller and Kara Williams and Jason Beaumont—also got engaged, but didn't have their journeys filmed.

8. There were rumors online that Mark, the youngest male single, secretly had a girlfriend when he was on the show, which he later denied. 

"I did not have a girlfriend the whole time," he said on the Be There in Five podcast. "I was single before [going on the show]. Now, being a single man, you're single, you're doing your thing. I'd never had a girlfriend before. Where was the time to be in a relationship during the experience?"

9. According to Kenny and Kelly, they never had any plans to actually get married at the end of filming. "We were adamant about we're not going to get married," Kenny told People. "And really, the engagement was just to extend the experiment. And we were both committed to that." And Kelly believed the were "going to continue dating, because that was communicated between us." That was until Kenny admitted on the wedding day he was not "emotionally available" to do so. "I felt very rejected, like, ‘That wasn't the plan. What the heck?'" she admitted.

10. Jessica, LIB season one's most polarizing cast member, revealed in an interview that she tried to quit the show but wasn't allowed to.

"I mean, I had to stay," she told EW. "I definitely had a conversation about leaving and I wasn't able to do that. My dog got sick too, and almost died during the show, I had so much other stuff going on."

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."

11. So were the cast members obligated to make it to the altar? According to Coelen, they were not. "They certainly could choose to do whatever they wanted to do," he told E! News of the wedding day decision-making process. "Again, being there on the wedding day, I personally, knowing these people and their stories, I didn't know what was going to happen."

12. The weddings were actually filmed in fall 2018, meaning the two couples—Cameron and Lauren, and Amber and Barnett—who actually decided to get married have had to keep their relationships secret for 18 months. But they are still together. 

13. Despite some skepticism from viewers, the marriages are legally binding, with Lauren telling Refinery29, "This is a real legally binding marriage. This is not for TV. This is our life."

14. As for who paid for the weddings, a Netflix spokesperson revealed to Women's Health that production "supplies some of the basics, but because these are their real weddings, it's up to them as to how to spend their money." So the couples likely did have to cover some expense if they went over budget. 

15. Despite delivering one of the most shocking endings, Damian and Giannina reconciled off-camera after he decided not to go through with the wedding at the altar. "Since the show, it's just been such an amazing journey with you. To get to know you, to see how we integrate with each other's lives." Giannina said during the reunion special. And E! News got all the details on their off-cam reunion straight from the couple. They've since split again.

16. Love Is Blind could go on and on, with Coelen told E! News, "I'm thinking season 15."

17. Did Carlton look familiar? Well, it's because he's been on an ATL-set reality show before, popping up on The Real Housewives of Atlanta when he was working as Cynthia Bailey's assistant back in 2014. Bravo fans will remember he got into a heated argument with Kenya Moore, who had just joined the series.

18. According to Sal from season two, the singles are given "talking points" and "questions" before heading into their dates, but they don't have to use them. 

"There were kind of topics for the day," Kyle added in an interview with E! News. "It was good if there was a lull in conversation, you just refer to the little notebook and you can drum up conversation."

Love Is Blind season two is now available on Netflix.

(A version of this story was originally published on Feb. 11 at 3 a.m. PT)

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