Love may be blind, but it's not always enough. Netflix's Love Is Blind season 2 reunion revealed which couples are still married and whether any of the other cast members got back together to date after their wedding days.
The finale featured five weddings, though only two of them ended in bride and groom saying "I do" — Iyanna and Jarrette, and Danielle and Nick. The other three couples said "I don't," but two of them left their relationships open-ended.
Love Is Blind is a wild dating experiment where men and women develop relationships with each other sight unseen. They go on dates in connected pods, where they can talk but not see each other. They only meet if they get engaged. From there, they go on a honeymoon, move in together and meet each other's family and friends. On their wedding day, each couple has to make the ultimate choice: say "I do" or "I don't."
Natalie and Shayne
Shayne Jansen and Natalie Lee are a classic case of "opposites attract." They have very different personalities but they proclaim to be best friends and be deeply in love. Through episode 9, they are arguably the strongest engaged couple on season 2. Both say they are 100 percent planning to say yes on wedding day.
However, they get into a big argument after the bachelor/bachelorette parties. Natalie is shaken by Shayne's hurtful words and rethinks her decision. At the altar, Shayne says "I do," but Natalie says "I don't."
"I’m so sorry. I still love you and you’re still my best friend but, like, we have really big issues to sort through," she tells him.
After leaving the wedding, they talk but Shayne rebuffs her initial attempt to hash things out.
Ahead of the reunion, Shayne posted a heartfelt message on Instagram (opens in new tab) about his relationship with Natalie. " You are the most beautiful soul and you really brought out the best in me as a man," he wrote, adding, "I don't know what's next for us but I do know that I will never stop loving you."
He also cleared things up about Shaina: "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."
During the reunion, Natalie reveals they tried to continue their relationship for several months. "We gave it another shot after our wedding day," she says. However, Shayne notes their emotions were too raw and "too fresh at the time." They are not currently dating.
Deepti and Shake
Deepti Vempati and Abhishek "Shake" Chatterjee seem like a perfect match, coming from similar backgrounds and families. However, Shake frequently expresses his reservations about a lack of physical attraction to Deepti. Even his mother believes his fiancee deserves better.
And Deepti agrees, since she says "I don't" on their wedding day. "I deserve somebody who knows for sure. So I’m choosing myself and I’m gonna say no," she tells Shake before returning down the aisle.
We'll never know what Shake's response would've been, if he'd talked first. But he makes it clear that he's not heartbroken — in fact, he has a reservation at Nobu.
Since the finale aired, Shake has received a barrage of criticism for his treatment of Deepti. Her brother posted a tremendous takedown on Instagram (opens in new tab), calling Shake a "clown" and "loser."
During the reunion, Shake attempts to defend himself, though he is shut down by hosts Nick and Vanessa Lacey and the other cast members. Deepti calls his behavior disrespectful. Everyone lauds Deepti for her grace, beauty and soul. They are clearly never going to be romantically involved ever again; it's unclear if Deepti even considers Shake a friend.
Mallory and Salvador
Salvador Perez and Mallory Perez bond over their shared Mexican heritage. Her feelings for him are so strong that she turns down Jarrette in the pods.
Her relationship with Jarrette continues to be an issue on their honeymoon and after they move in together. Sal's past with an ex-girlfriend also causes a problem. The two seem committed to working things out and Sal sweetly serenades her on his ukulele.
On wedding day, however, Sal says "I cannot. I feel like I just need more time." Mal is understanding. When they talk later, she asks if he wants to explore a relationship with her. He is open to the idea. "Let’s take some time away from all this and let’s talk," he says. "I think what we should do next is go on a date."
Did they go on that date? At the reunion, Mallory reveals that they had coffee and chatted, but it never went beyond that. Sal agrees when she explains that they are very different people with different communication styles. They appear cordial but not extremely friendly.
Danielle and Nick
Nick Thompson and Danielle Ruhl go on quite the emotional rollercoaster this season. Danielle openly struggles with insecurities and other mental health issues. Nick tries to be supportive, but the two frequently argue.
In episode 9, Danielle says "I do" but Nick seems to hesitate. However, he ends up saying "I do," too. "I have no question whatsoever that you are the person I'm supposed to be with," he tells her.
Since wedding day, the two continued to follow each other on Instagram and Nick supported Danielle's post about her mental health. "Always proud of you, your vulnerability, and your strength!" he wrote.
During the reunion, the couple was clearly as much in love as ever. They even wore matching outfits! (So did Jarrette and Iyanna.) The reunion also played a cute video of Danielle giving a tour of their apartment.
Iyanna and Jarrette
Jarrette Jones and Iyanna McNeely are a mismatch in height but are on the same page about wanting to have a family.
Iyanna worries that she's Jarrette's second choice, since he first proposed to Mallory in the pods. She's also concerned that he's still living a single guy lifestyle, partying until the wee hours of the night. Meanwhile, Jarrette is adamant that he's ready to settle down.
He backs up his words with the action of saying "I do" at the altar. Iyanna is also a yes. The two get married, jump over a broom and celebrate by dancing.
The reunion shows that Jarrette and Iyanna are still married and very much in love. She's also rocking some amazing braids now, too. They wore coordinating outfits in red and seemed rock-solid.
Other Love Is Blind season 2 engaged couples
Three other couples got engaged in the pods on Love Is Blind season 2.
One couple, Shaina Hurley and Kyle Abrams are featured on the show and go to Mexico for the honeymoon. However, Shaina is taken aback upon learning that Kyle is an atheist (she is a devout Christian). She decides not to spend the night in their hotel room and ends up leaving Mexico early. After meeting Kyle in Chicago, and introducing him to her family, Shaina declares that their religious differences are too great and they break up.
However, Shaina also still has feelings for Shayne, whom she connected with in the pods before he chose Natalie. She attempts to flirt with him at a group bonfire party, but he shuts her down.
At the reunion, Shaina acknowledges she should've never accepted Kyle's proposal. She and Shayne also clear up the fact that they are just friendly. Kyle, meanwhile, expresses his wish that he'd pursued Deepti instead!
There were two other engaged couples on Love Is Blind season 2 who were not featured on the show (just like in season 1). The first is Jason Beaumont and Kara Williams, the second is Joey Miller and Caitlin McKee. Neither couple lasted, though.
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