Love is Blind is back for season 3, and the final episodes (and reunion) have finally dropped. So, pop that popcorn and grab your golden goblets because this finale is definitely one you don't want to miss out on.
For those who have not dipped a toe in the LIB universe yet, 30 singles (this time from Dallas, Texas) date without seeing each other, talking through walls while sitting in little pods. They can only see each other when they get engaged, at which point they are promptly whisked away for a vacation to meet their partner and the other remaining contestants. Couples then have less than a month in “the real world” to decide if they want to put a ring on it...permanently.
One of the couples that makes it out into the real world is Bartise Bowden and Nancy Rodriguez. These cuties hit it off right away in the pods, but things get predictably rocky when they are face-to-face and not, you know, communicating through the wall of a “pod.” Ultimately, Bartise and Nancy have to make a big decision at the altar (and it doesn't go totally according to plan). Here's what you need to know so far:
What happens with Bartise and Nancy in the pods?
Both Bartise, a senior analyst, and Nancy, a speech pathologist, are standouts from the very start. Bartise is a certified cutie who quickly climbs his way to the top of lots of other contestants' list. And Nancy is a confident queen, so the pairing just kinda makes sense.
They immediately hit it off because Bartise thinks Nancy has a cute voice, Nancy thinks he has good energy, and they both speak Spanish. The two also share a moment about the number of kids they want to have (of note: Nancy said she'd be a great mom to 10 kids and Bartise seemed down).
But Bartise also connects with another contestant.
Raven, a pilates teacher, and Bartise exchange a lot of flirty banter in the pods. Bartise says they are “basically the same person” because Raven is a self-described “serial worker-outer.” They bond over abs workouts on yoga balls that Raven brings into the pods for a date, but that's not apparently enough to keep them together.
Raven, who is also chatting it up with contestant SK Alagbada, ultimately rejects Bartiste.
Nancy and Bartise struggle with their age gap.
In what feels like a re-run of a season 1 issue, Nancy is a little concerned about Bartise’s age, because he's just 25 to her 31.
When he spills the beans about being a younger man, Nancy takes a major pause and says she wouldn’t normally accept a date from a man that young.
And then, of course, there's the fact that Nancy was really into another cast member, Andrew Liu, before eventually choosing Bartise. When asked about Andrew's show of emotion during his scenes with Nancy after watching the episodes back, Bartise told Women's Health that "the final 10 people took the experiment as seriously as possible, and I'm not going to speak for the other 20 people."
That age difference doesn't seem to matter all that much at the end of the day (or Nancy makes an exception for Bartise) because these two are happily engaged by the end of their time in the pods. Their "first look" with each other is truly sweet.
Bartise meets Nancy's family and things aren't going...great.
I mean, she did warn us in her confessional that she's scared her parents won't support her engagement. When Bartise first meets Nancy's brothers, they take Bartise aside and start asking him the real ~pressuring~ Qs—like why Nancy is The One. And they didn't seem to love his response.
“Real world, I’m going to sleep happy and I’m waking up happy,” Bartise answers. “I can feel that I would be happy for a long time, hopefully forever, with Nancy.”
One of the brothers literally tells Bartise that his answer is bland, and then proceeds to ask him if he'd still be interested in Nancy if she gained 400 pounds. Bartise responds saying that taking care of his body is important to him, and then saying that no, he probably wouldn't be interested. Yikes.
Bartise says "no" at the altar.
Nancy is ready to commit her life to Bartise in episode 10, telling everyone gathered for their wedding that she wants to make it work. Unfortunately, Bartise is not on the same page, which definitely throws Nancy for a bit of a loop. She says she was "blindsided" by Bartise's decision after he asked for a second chance a few weeks earlier (she had told him she'd say "no" at the altar if he didn't turn things around). And Nancy's family doesn't take too kindly to Bartise's answer.
"I was not expecting it to get that aggressive," Bartise says of her family's reaction. "Eventually, they let me get Nancy away and talk to her, and she could voice her opinion towards me, but I was shocked that the family felt the need to come yell at me."
Are they still together?
Nope. These two definitely did not seem to be overly friendly at the reunion, either. And the gals outed Bartise for hanging out with a "tall blonde" on social media very soon after their wedding day.
“For me, it ended at the altar—black and white. I said yes. He said no. I put my heart out,” Nancy tells WH.
Bartise adds, "She made it very cut and dry.... She was ready to take the jump with me for the rest, and I was not, and that was where she wanted to leave it."
But, Bartise also says that they actually continued to interact after the film crews left, but that it has been "nothing romantic."
"Since wedding day, our roller coaster of a relationship has kind of continued," he explains. "We've gone from being friends to being acquaintances to not liking each other and completely not communicating back to being friends to be on good terms. So as it stands right now, I would say we're acquaintances and on decent terms."
Sounds fine to me. Good look finding love, you two!
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