Love Is Blind season two gripped viewers when it landed on Netflix last month — and the romantic drama has continued since the cameras stopped rolling.
After ten episodes of hook ups, honeymoons, and shock dumpings at the altar, the stars have kept busy since the finale, with ‘villain’ Abhishek ‘Shake’ Chatterjee debuting his new romance on social media last week.
Meanwhile, two couples — Jarrette and Iyanna and Nick and Danielle — have filed the legal paperwork to make their TV weddings official, with The Cook County Court in Illinois holding marriage records for both couples from June 2021.
But have the rest of the cast found lasting love outside of the pods?
Abhishek ‘Shake’ Chatterjee and Deepti Vempati
Where are they now: The stars of Netflix hit Love Is Blind, season two gripped viewers with their hook ups and breakups, but have the likes of Shake and Deepti found lasting love?
Shake had proposed to Deepti Vempati in the pods during the second season of the dating show, but she ended the engagement on their wedding day.
‘I just don’t have room for anybody in my life that doesn’t see me in the best way. And who could even think those types of thoughts, I guess,’ she told Us Weekly in February.
Deepti, 31, admitted that she felt Shake, 33, ‘wasted’ her experience on the show after his chauvinist and disrespectful comments towards her appearance destroyed her confidence.
After coming under furious fire for his behaviour, Shake eventually issued an apology to his ex, stating in an Instagram video that he was ‘truly sorry for some of the things’ that he said on-camera.
Shake Chatterjee revealed he has a new girlfriend named Emily via Instagram on Thursday – but couldn’t resist a savage dig at his ex Deepti, who left him at the altar
Ouch: In a seeming dig at his ex-fiancée, Shake captioned his post: ‘Good things come to those who w̶a̶i̶t̶ don’t settle’
However, Deepti said the apology was too little, too late, sharing: ‘This is the first time he’s apologised. Right before he made that video, he sent me the same text message. But for me… it’s too late.’
Speaking to MailOnline this month, Deepti branded her ex-fiancé’s grovelling apology ‘fake’ — and says she was left ‘broken’ by his cruel behaviour on the dating series.
But while Shake had earned an unflattering repuation on the show — thanks to his attitudes about women’s weight, his admission that he only dates white women, and other questionable behavior — he doesn’t seem to have found trouble moving on with someone new.
On Thursday, the veterinarian went Instagram official with his new girlfriend, sharing a number of snaps and videos with his blonde bombshell girlfriend, Emily.
In a seeming dig at his ex-fiancée, Shake captioned his post: ‘Good things come to those who w̶a̶i̶t̶ don’t settle.’
Going official: Shake shared a number of snaps with new beau Emily to his 170k followers
Drama: The exes were seen furiously fighting during the reunion episode last month with Deepti telling MailOnline that she felt Shake wasted’ her experience on the show
While he didn’t seem to hestitate to boast about his new relationship, he did disable commenting on the post.
Though it’s unclear how long they’ve been together, the two certainly seem to be serious, with Shake gushing in an Instagram Live video that when he recently woke up to Emily on a business call, he thought, ‘I love this girl.’
‘She is so smart. So, like… I don’t know. Ambitious. She’s gorgeous. She’s the most beautiful girl. But it’s the way she thinks, it’s the way she carries herself. She’s a sweetheart. I’m in love, guys.
Emily, who is from Miami, has also been sharing a peek into the relationship throughout the past week, with a dedicated Stories highlight to the Shake on her Instagram.
‘Love is blurry,’ she captioned one post.
Meanwhile, Deepti has been the focus of some fan shipping after the reunion show, in which her fellow contestant Kyle Abrams admit he should have proposed to Deepti, prompting speculation from fans that the pair are now an item.
Deepti has continued to insist they are ‘just good friends.’
Rumours: Deepti has been the focus of fan shipping after the reunion show saw her fellow contestant Kyle Abrams admit he should have proposed to Deepti. Kyle also shared a TikTok video with Deepti recently
New couple: Deepti and Kyle also posed together behind the scenes of the reunion episode
Self love: Deepti told fans this week that she is focusing on herself after Love Is Blind, writing in a Q&A session with fans: ‘I am choosing to be happy despite it all!’
‘A lot of people don’t know that Kyle was my no2 person in the pods. We did connect a lot, we spent hours and hours talking and after filming wrapped, we started talking again,’ she said.
‘He’s my best friend, biggest support system, and I am grateful for him and the rest of the cast for supporting me. I don’t know about anything more at this stage because we’re just good friends.’
Deepti told fans this week that she is focusing on herself after Love Is Blind, writing in a Q&A session with fans: ‘I am choosing to be happy despite it all! Self-love is the key to bettering the relationship with yourself.’
Shayne Jansen and Natalie Lee
Shock split: Shayne and Natalie provided one of the most shocking dumpings on the show when Natalie decided to not go through with the wedding
Another couple who fell at the final hurdle were Shayne and Natalie, who provided the most shocking dumpings on the show when Natalie decided to not go through with the wedding after an almighty fight the night before.
Natalie has since shared that they gave it another shot not long after their big day.
She told People: ‘A week after our wedding, we started dating again. Maybe it’s not dating — we continued our engagement again. We were together for several months.’
But the romance didn’t last. ‘I think at the end of it, we realised that we’re very different people with different needs and wants that we can’t fulfill for one another,’ she said.
‘We did take a break in communication after that, just to get into a better place.’
Last month, Shayne shared a heartfelt Instagram post about his ex.
Sweet: Last month Shayne shared a heartfelt Instagram post, writing: ‘It was easily the best time of my life and I would do it all over again knowing I get to spend more time with you’
Tribute: ‘You are the most beautiful soul and you really brought out the best in me as a man,’ Shayne continued of their amicable breakup
Rumours: Shayne later added that he wanted to put rumours to rest about him and fellow contestant Shania, who he also shared a connection with on the show
‘Natalie Mina Lee,’ he wrote. ‘Where do I start? This journey with you will be something I’ll never forget. It was easily the best time of my life and I would do it all over again knowing I get to spend more time with you.
‘From our first date eating in-n-out and you getting both milkshakes to our walks around grant park.
‘You are the most beautiful soul and you really brought out the best in me as a man.
‘As a man watching our story over again I’m remorseful for my actions and all I can do is learn from them to be a better man.
‘I’m proud of being vulnerable and being as genuine as possible. I don’t know what’s next for us but I do know that I will never stop loving you.’
Still pals: Natalie also shared a sweet dedication post to her ex this month, writing that she ‘couldn’t have asked for a better partner in this’
Shayne later added that he wanted to kill rumours about him and fellow contestant Shania, whom he also shared a connection with on the show.
‘Shaina and I are cordial and have hung out in group gatherings with the cast (with Natalie), but we have never had nor will ever have a romantic relationship. I wish her all the best,’ he insisted.
Meanwhile, there were also rumours that Natalie was dating fellow consetant Salvador Perez — but she denies it.
‘I know there’s been speculation — ‘”re you and Sal dating?” — we are not. We’re just really, really close friends,’ she said. ‘That friendship with him I really appreciate as well.
‘I’m friends with most of the men on the cast and I don’t really see — I don’t want to say this too soon — but I haven’t really had a romantic connection with any of them, so nothing there for right now,’ she added in an episode of Barstool’s Tea with Publyssity podcast.
Kyle Abrams and Shaina Hurley
Not meant to be: Shaina and her Love Is Blind match Kyle only lasted a matter of days outside of the pods, with Shaina quitting their Mexico honeymoon early
Happiness: Shania instead has well and truly moved on from Shayne, her groom Kyle and the show, recently getting engaged to her boyfriend, Christos Lardakis, in Greece
Shania has well and truly moved on from Shayne, her groom Kyle, and the show, recently getting engaged to her boyfriend, Christos Lardakis, in Greece.
‘Shaina is engaged. She’s been dating Christos for almost a year and this is the happiest I’ve ever seen her,’ a source told People of the couple, who have yet to go Instagram official with the news.
‘He has stood by her side through all of the Love Is Blind drama and has been her steady in the storm.’
Shaina and her Love Is Blind match Kyle only lasted a matter of days outside of the pods, with Shaina quitting their Mexico honeymoon early after her devotion to her faith clashed with Kyle’s atheist views.
Salvador ‘Sal’ Perez and Mallory Zapata
Break up: Sal and Mallory had one of the more amicable breakups on the show after he told her he couldn’t go through with their wedding day
Sal and Mallory had one of the more amicable breakups on the show, with Sal refusing to go through with the wedding during the finale, telling his understanding bride: ‘I cannot. I feel like I just need more time,’ before apologising to her friends and family.
During the reunion episode, Mallory and Sal revealed that they’re not together, despite discussing going for a date without the cameras in the finale episode.
Instead, the reunion focused on Sal’s anger at Mal and Jarrette’s flirting during the Mexico honeymoon.
Friends: Mallory has been keeping coy about her love life, instead focusing on her work and friendships, as she told fans in a February Insta post: ‘I’m truly blessed to be surrounded and supported by so many beautiful, intelligent, strong boss a** b**ches’
During a February interview with Us Weekly, Sal admitted things could have gone very different during his wedding day.
‘I was a roller coaster of emotions [at the wedding],’ he revealed. ‘I was just feeling everything, and I really was trying to wrap my head around everything that we had been through together.’
He continued, ‘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. I wanted to see how I felt in that moment with her. It was a crazy day.’
A few weeks later, Sal teased that he has moved on, telling Us Weekly: ‘I have been using everything I’ve learned from this experience and I’m focusing on my self-love, too. But I am talking to somebody.’
Family: Sal shared a similar post as he thanked his siblings for their support
Mallory, meanwhile, has been keeping coy about her love life, instead focusing on her work and friendships.
She told fans in a February Insta post: ‘Words cannot describe how thankful I am for the more than 200,000 wonderful people following me on my journey to find love.’
‘I’m truly humbled by all the love, support and kind words you’ve shared with me as I embarked on this chapter of my life. One thing is for certain, I’m truly blessed to be surrounded and supported by so many beautiful, intelligent, strong boss ass b**ches.’
Jarrette Jones and Iyanna McNeely
Love story: Jarette and Iyanna were perhaps season two’s biggest success story
Jarette and Iyanna were perhaps the show’s biggest success story, going through with their wedding and still going strong by the reunion episode.
‘It’s been hard, but it’s been really rewarding too,’ Jarrette said during the reunion, while his wife admitted they have had to compromise on their lifestyles after viewers saw the couple clash over Jarrette’s partying during filming.
‘One thing I will say is we’ve been finding our balance,’ she explained. ‘We’re hyper aware that we are very different – he’s extremely extroverted and I’m like, ‘Please stay away from me’. So, we’ve been finding this will always be something that we have to deal with.
‘But we have such similar values and goals that it’s been a compromise.’
‘Meet the Joneses’: Things seem to be going strong, as Iyanna’s Insatgram shows she has taken her husband’s name
Things seem to be going strong, as Lyanna’s Insatgram shows she has taken her husband’s name.
‘Meet the Joneses,’ she captioned a recent photo dump of the pair. ‘I took a huge leap of faith off of a cliff in this experiment but with you I can fly. I love you more than the world could imagine. I look forward to our now and FINALLY public lives together. My baby, my love, my man, my protector, my partner, my other half. I love you. *insert corny quote * ‘Love is truly blind’…not blurry’.
Jarrette was equally gushing about their relationship in his own March Instagram update, writing: ‘To the woman that came and shook my world upside down in the best way possible… this is for you! Coming into this experiment, I knew that if I truly wanted that fairy tale ending, I’d have to not only be real with myself, but also open, honest, and most importantly VULNERABLE.’
Marriage: Jarrette was equally gushing about their relationship in his own March Insta update, writing: ‘To the woman that came and shook my world upside down in the best way possible
‘From the very first conversation the chemistry between us was evident and has only grown over time,’ he said.
‘There is no handbook on marriage, but we have some great building blocks to set the foundation. This is gonna be one hell of a ride, but I wouldn’t want to ride this with anyone but you!’
‘I vow to always love you, cherish you, grow with you (even when it’s uncomfortable), prioritize you, ensure your happiness, but most importantly HAVE YOUR BACK, LIKE A THONG IN A BUTTCRACK!’
TMZ reported yesterday that the couple has a record of their marraige on file with the Cook County Court in Illinois.
Nick Thompson and Danielle Ruhl
Rocky road: Nick and Danielle were the first couple viewers saw tie the knot, with the groom admitting to the camera: ‘It was a game-time decision’
Nick and Danielle were the first couple viewers saw tie the knot, with the groom admitting on camera: ‘It was a game-time decision because I wasn’t 100 percent sure that she was 100 percent sure — but it all worked out the way it’s supposed to.’
During the reunion show, the couple confirmed that they’re still together and have moved in with one another.
Danielle admitted it had been a rocky road after viewers saw both of them question their feelings for one another during the show:
‘Him and I fell in love so quickly and because we both knew at the end of the day we wanted to stay together, we did feel so pressured to figure out what was the best route for us to take,’ she explained.
‘That created this, like, pressure cooker environment that we felt like, ‘Oh, my God, like what do we do?’ And we both came to the conclusion, like, ‘It’s us, like, we’re spending the rest of our lives together.’
Making a life together: During the reunion show, the couple confirmed that they’re still together and have moved in
‘I just can’t wait for people to see the relationship that we have now.’
According to their Instagram posts, the couple is having fun together, with Nick even succumbing to his wife’s love of a costume party.
They also told People earlier this month about what they’re doing to ensure their relationship lasts.
‘We’re in couples counseling and we have been now, for almost the entire time since we’ve finished [the show],’ said Nick.
‘We’ve put frameworks in place for communication. We’ve had to force ourselves through some conversations [about] what we actually need in that moment and [have] worked on being able to articulate that.’
On Sunday, TMZ reported that their marraige is the real deal, and there is a record of their nuptials with the Cook County Court in Illinois on June 8, 2021.
Compromise: According to their Instagram posts, the couple is having fun together, with Nick even succumbing to his wife’s love of a costume party