Warning: Love Is Blind season three spoilers follow.
The couple were engaged heading into the season finale of the Netflix show, but Zanab left her partner at the altar before criticizing him in the reunion episode for affecting her mental health and eating habits.
In an interview with Variety, Zanab expanded, saying she found some of Cole's remarks hurtful: "I did love him. The things he was saying to me did hurt. I was somehow trying to make myself desirable to him," she began.
"I've never had someone speak to me that way about my body or eating. That was very real for me. I did change what I was eating. I was just eating a banana. I did lose weight by the wedding day. It had nothing to do with fitting into my wedding dress," she explained.
Zanab, who revealed she had been in therapy since completing filming, said she is doing "great now" despite leaving the relationship "broken".
"I was sad that I had this great love and it didn't result in a healthy relationship that turned into a happy marriage," she said in reference to the outcome of the experiment. "I did go to therapy after the wedding, because I was like: 'When this comes out, I'm going to have to revisit this and I don't want to be slingshotted back to how low I feel right now.'"
Cole has not publicly responded to Zanab's claims, but Digital Spy have reached out to Netflix for further comment.
"I think that all you can do in terms of being in the show and being in the casting department is casting fairly and with great diversity," he said in reference to Lauren Speed-Hamilton's claims. "I think that they've done a good job of trying to do that. How it plays out, I can't really answer to that part of it other than I know it's not dictated or manipulated."
Love Is Blind season 3 is available on Netflix.
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