These two ‘Love Is Blind’ contestants have actually known each other for over a decade


Forget “The Bachelor” — nowadays, all anyone can talk or think about is “Love Is Blind.” The Netflix dating show challenges societal norms by forcing a bunch of extremely attractive people to couple up based on a few sightless conversations — and though the first season is over, people are still clamoring for details about the contestants’ lives.

Well, during an Instagram Q&A, contestant Jessica Batten — who paired up with Mark Cuevas but eventually left him at the altar — revealed a shocking bit of information that nobody saw coming. Evidently, she and fellow contestant Kelly Chase — who also didn’t end up with her fiancé Kenny Barnes — have been friends for a decade, even though they hardly interacted on the show.

“I’ve known Kel for 10 years,” Batten said in response to a fan’s question about their relationship. Apparently they are so close that they even have nicknames for each other!

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Given how little these two interacted on the show, fans were naturally surprised to learn of this friendship. “This gives me a headache,” one Twitter user wrote. Another user simply noted that they were “speechless.”

In a Q&A of her own, Chase confirmed that the two have been friends for a long time. “Jessica and I actually met probably like 10 or 11 years ago from an ex-boyfriend’s same social circle,” she explained, according to Bustle.

If you look through each girl’s Instagram, there is some evidence of a friendship. As far back as Oct. 2014, Chase posted a picture at a wedding featuring both ladies. Jess and Kel: the reality TV friendship we never knew we needed.

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