On February 13, Netflix dropped the first five-episode installment of Love Is Blind, an incredible new dating show where singles fall in love and get engaged without ever seeing each other. It's wild! It's amazing! It makes you wonder: How the heck is that even possible?
Well, apparently it is. By the end of the first batch of episodes, six couples had gotten engaged on Love Is Blind and headed to Mexico to spend time with each other in person. Unfortunately, not every couple is going to make it to their wedding day. Here's what to know about every couple that got engaged on Netflix's Love Is Blind.
Lauren and Cameron
This extremely cute couple were the first to get engaged on the show. Won't lie, Cameron's tearful proposal kind of sort of made us tear up. After meeting the other couples in Mexico, Lauren felt like she and Cameron had something different and deeper. "I feel like our connection is super special," she told the camera.
The best part of their relationship: Of all the couples, they seem like the most rock-solid. They just get each other, on a fundamental level. They're also really attracted to each other. "The physical connection is absolutely there," a giggly Cameron told the camera in Mexico.
Potential obstacles: Lauren has expressed some nerves about navigating a relationship with a white guy for the first time in her life. "It's my life to live, and I'll just have to take whatever comes with that," Lauren said. "If I have to make some people uncomfortable in the process, so be it."
Damian and Giannina
All hail Damian and Giannina's dual proposal. First, he proposed to her; then, she proposed to him. In Mexico, Giannina revealed it had been over a year since she'd last had sexso long, she went to the beach to stand in the waves and remember what it felt like to have her butt smacked. Points for creativity, I guess.
The best part of their relationship: Their sexual chemistry was off-the-charts right from the start.
Potential obstacles: Their communication could stand to be...better. In episode five, Damian and Giannina clashed about whether Damian was still capable of opening up the way he did in the pod. It's hard to tell if the issue is Damian's communication skills, or Giannina's admitted habit of self-sabotaging her relationships.
Kelly and Kenny
Kelly and Kenny are extremely freaking cute. Their first night together in Mexico, Kenny showed Kelly how to "count shoulders," and said he was excited for a whole lot of kissing and cuddling. Precious!
The best part of their relationships: These two seem super mature. It seems like they'll be great at navigating conflict together. In episode five, Jessica tells Kelly that everyone thinks Kelly and Kenny are the couple most likely to grow old together.
Potential obstacles: In episode five, Kelly mentioned her concern that they both have super-demanding jobsbut judging by their maturity, they're definitely gonna figure it out.
Barnett and Amber
Barnett made things a wee bit complicated when he developed relationships with LC, Jessica, and Amber. In the end, he proposed to Amberwho ultimately said she loved how much he irritated her. (Red flag?)
The best part of their relationship: They're both kinda goofy, and seem like they can have a lot of fun together.
Potential obstacles: How's Amber gonna feel when she watches Love Is Blind and sees the relationships Barnett built with LC and Jessica? Also, you gotta wonder if they're capable of getting deep and emotional when they're not joking around with each other.
Mark and Jessica
These two had a super-strong connection despite their 10-year age gap: He's 24 and she's 34. They especially bonded over their shared faith.
The best part of their relationship: Mark really really really loves Jessica.
Potential obstacles, besides their age difference: Mark really really really loves Jessicaand he's definintely more into the relationship that Jessica is. In the pods, Mark was always 100% in on Jessicabut she was into him and Barnett. She even admitted the physical attraction to Mark wasn't there right away...and by episode five, she said she felt uncomfortable continuing to wear her engagement ring.
"It doesn't feel authentic for me to wear this symbol of forever," she told the camera.
"It feels like we haven't necessarily given it an honest chance," Mark says.
The first installment of Love Is Blind ends with them holding hands and deciding to work on it. Ayayay.
RIP: Carlton and Diamond
Carlton and Diamond seem great together, but when they got engaged, there was something he still hadn't told her: He'd dated women and men in the past.
In Mexico, Diamond noticed the energy between her and Carlton changed from when they were in the pods togetheralmost like he was nervous about something. And she was right! Carlton was struggling with when to open up about his sexuality. When he did, it didn't go...greatwhich is to say, it spiraled into a screaming match that ended with Diamond taking off her ring and storming away. The whole thing was really hard to watch, becauseand granted, we don't know these peopleit seemed like the real issue wasn't Diamond's ability to accept Carlton: It was Carlton's ability to accept himself.
He's made his Instagram private since the show aired.