"Love Is Blind" Star Amber Pike Says She and Matt Barnett Are Married "in Spite of" the Show
Netflix's "Love Is Blind" is certainly a new twist on the classic dating show formula, which has us wondering if any of the couples from season one are still together post-filming. The series, hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, has contestants start their relationships without them meeting in person — and they can't meet until they get engaged.
But the engagement is just the start: the show then follows them as they try to figure out their relationships in the real world, integrate their families and lives, and head toward a wedding. Sound difficult? It is! The show definitely has produced tons of drama onscreen, with plenty of intense breakups.
Since the first season wrapped up back in 2020, and the reunion episode released in July 2021, we now know which couples are still together after the show, and which couples never really stood a chance (here's looking at you, Damian and Giannina). Keep reading to learn which couples have — and haven't — proved that love is, indeed, blind.
Additional reporting by Alicia Geigel.
Are Carlton and Diamond From "Love Is Blind" Season 1 Still Together?
Carlton and Diamond's relationship was the first one to end. After Carlton revealed that he had dated both men and women in the past, the couple had some serious problems and, ultimately, a devastating onscreen fight ended with them breaking up and leaving the show. Although they're obviously not together anymore, Diamond did tell Entertainment Weekly that they were friends prior to the reunion episode, which Carlton didn't attend.
"Carlton and I were able to establish a friendship after the show. But it took a very long time for myself. Carlton reached out to me on several occasions. I wasn't ready. I had to put that behind me and remind myself that he was a good person despite what happened on the show and don't hold grudges. I finally reached back out to him after he made several attempts to reach out to me, and it started out as small talk, like happy birthday or happy new year or hope all is well. He did apologize. So I finally reached back out to him, and we've had conversations," Diamond revealed to the outlet in February 2020.
While Diamond initially expressed that the two were on good terms, by April 2020 she told TMZ that she blocked her ex on social media, saying, "The reason why I blocked Carlton was the fact that after the reunion, Carlton was being very foul-mouthed against me on all of his social media pages, and I felt that was, like wow that really shocked me. I thought we were on good terms… after that apology I never heard anything from him."
As of 2023, it appears that the two are not in contact anymore and do not follow each other on social media.
Are Damien and Giannina From "Love Is Blind" Season 1 Still Together?
Damian and Giannina led us all on a roller coaster, but in the end, they found their way back to each other, at least at first. On the show's season finale, she said "I do" to him before he tearfully declined to marry her, saying she was not ready for marriage. She stormed off (literally, off the set) before confronting him about his decision. He put all the blame on her, telling her that she was too emotionally turbulent and didn't know what she really wanted. Their relationship seemed irreparable, but during the finale episode, they revealed that they managed to work things out and are happily committed to one another.
In the reunion episode that followed, however, it was clear that the couple were still having problems and after the episode aired, and the couple announced that they'd split. In August 2021, Giannina told People that she was officially single, saying "I've always had the philosophy of, it doesn't matter what happened in the past. It depends on what you do with it, moving forward."
Thankfully for Giannina, she found love again on "All Star Shore" and is dating her costar Blake Horstmann as of 2023. Damian, on the other hand, appears to be single and enjoying the bachelor lifestyle.
Are Barnett and Amber From "Love Is Blind" Season 1 Still Together?
Amber and Barnett had some onscreen drama over finances but that didn't stop them from making the commitment of a lifetime at the altar! They agreed to get married and had a hell of a time at their wedding. The finale episode revealed that the couple is still happily together and as larger-than-life than ever.
The reunion episode that followed showed Amber and Barnett celebrating their anniversary with the remainder of the cast, and as of 2023, it seems that the pair are still very much together. On Aug. 21, 2022, Amber shared an appreciation post for her hubby on Instagram, writing, "You're my best view. No profound or insightful message for this post, just a lil hubby appreciation cus damn I wake up to a handsome man every morning."
However, in April 2023, Amber appeared to shade the show when a fan on Instagram asked who was her favorite couple on "Love Is Blind" season four. "we don't watch LIB," she replied, per E! News. The fan responded, "oh wow kinda surprised since that's where you found the love of your life," to which Amber said, "we are together IN SPITE of that show not because of it."
Are Kenny and Kelly From "Love Is Blind" Season 1 Still Together?
Kelly and Kenny went through quite the journey together on "Love Is Blind." The pair were a fan-favorite couple on the show, but many were utterly shocked when Kelly declined to marry Kenny at the altar in the finale. She seemed very sure of her decision, and Kenny was respectful, but when confronted by production later, he was quite upset.
The two seemed friendly during the finale, where Kenny revealed that he's found love since the show, though Kelly has not and remains single as of 2022. They agreed that the show was transformative for them both, and neither regretted the experience. In the reunion episode, Kenny attended with his then-fiancé (now wife) Alexandra Garrison.
As of 2023, the exes don't seem to communicate much. Kenny married Alexandra on April 30, 2022, and the two frequently post on social media together. Kelly, on the other hand, is currently single.
Are Mark and Jessica From "Love Is Blind" Season 1 Still Together?
Who didn't see this breakup coming? Jessica turned Mark down at the altar, leaving his mom to pick up the pieces. Though their time on the show was hard to watch, they've both said they bear no ill will toward each other and wish nothing but happiness for the other.
Expectedly, the reunion episode brought a ton of drama, and it appeared that Mark had been seeing another cast member after the show aired, whom he'd been unfaithful to.
As of 2023, Mark is married to Aubrey Rainey. The couple wed on Sept. 4, 2022. Jessica, on the other hand, is married to Benjamin McGrath. The two met over social media after McGrath saw her on the show and started dating not long after. On Sept. 16, 2021, he proposed, and they tied the knot on Aug. 24, 2022. Of their relationship, Jessica told People, "It was crazy timing… Between COVID and long distance, we had to find ways to make our relationship work." They are currently expecting their first child together.
Are Lauren and Cameron From "Love Is Blind" Season 1 Still Together?
As of 2023, we're happy to note the show's standout couple is still happily committed after they said "I do" in the finale. Lauren confirmed their status after the show aired and, during the reunion episode, they revealed tidbits about married life, including that their adorable fur baby is named Sparks, because "the sparks flew" when they met!
Lauren even honored her hubby in an Instagram post on Aug. 23, 2022, noting that the pair was approaching their fourth anniversary. "Although things aren't always butterflies and sunshine ALL the time.. . there have been many-a-times when you were my light in darkness. Love u Mr. Hamilton!" she wrote.