- TikTokers have been surfacing behind-the-scenes “Love is Blind” nuggets for weeks.
- Contestants are weighing in on the drama and rumors in the days leading up to the finale.
- Below are a few of the discussions going on in “Love is Blind” TikTok this week.
TikTok has been especially fertile ground for “Love is Blind” season four discourse as information gaps created by the season’s staggered release schedule emboldened curious viewers. Sometimes, the behind-the-scenes nuggets surfaced online by fans rivaled — or spoiled — the narratives served on screen.
Fans have already litigated over whether Zack plagiarized his engagement song (he didn’t) and discussed Kwame’s brief apparent stint on another marriage reality TV show in 2019. The internet’s focus has swung from the season’s “mean girls” to the collapse of Marshall and Jackie’s relationship in a matter of weeks. As a new chunk of episodes drop and fans respond, contestants have stepped in to directly engage with rumors and critiques of editing in real time.
In the leadup to the final episodes, fans have surfaced the banal (Marshall is related to a Bachelorette contestant?) to season spoilers.
Below are a few of the latest things the “Love is Blind” side of TikTok has been talking about this week.
The final “Love is Blind” episode will air on Friday, April 14, and the reunion (filmed live, for the first time ever) will air April 16.
Leaked screenshots and TikToks sparked rumors Jackie and Josh are dating.
In episode eight, viewers found Jackie and Marshall in a tumultuous position. Upon arriving to Chelsea’s birthday party without Jackie, Marshall told Chelsea he wasn’t sure where the couple stood.
Josh, one of the other contestants who Jackie connected with in the pods, also attended the party and shared his feelings for Jackie, eventually asking her to pick him instead of Marshall if she wasn’t certain she wanted to marry Marshall.
An April 3 TikTok of Jackie and Josh leaving a baseball game together spurred rumors the pair were dating and conjecture that Marshall and Jackie had broken up.
“This reunion is going to be more wild than the whole show,” one viewer commented.
Shortly after, a series of leaked texts and Instagram direct messages purportedly from Jackie added fuel to the fire and led users to speculate Jackie may have started dating Josh before “Love is Blind” filming ended. In the screenshots, someone identified as Jackie mocks Marshall and said they had to “make it stretch for TV.”
Another screenshot circulated by users shows an Instagram direct message purportedly from Jackie on May 1 with the text “my baby” accompanying a picture of Jackie and Josh. (In the leaked screenshots purportedly posted as an Instagram story to an anonymous account, the person identified as Jackie said her bachelorette party was on May 3).
Users believe Marshall subtweeted the leaked text messages purportedly from Jackie.
On April 6, Marshall tweeted, “The only ‘sugar’ I got goes on those f*cking pancakes” with pancakes emoji, referencing language used in the screenshotted text conversation.
Reposting it to TikTok, he captioned the video: “Now kindly stop tagging me on that video.”
Jackie took to Instagram to dispel rumors of crossover between Marshall and Josh and to weigh in on her decision to keep the ring.
In the latest “Love is Blind” episodes, Jackie appeared to go on a coffee date with Josh instead of her wedding dress appointment. In the sequence of events shown on screen, Jackie appeared to agree to pursue a relationship with Josh before she broke things off with Marshall. In the break-up scene, Marshall said he wanted the engagement ring back, and Jackie said she was going to keep it.
On social media, some users concluded that Jackie “cheated” on Marshall.
“I am not sure what the reason is for playing the coffee shop date before the break up but to restate, Marshall and I were broken up before Josh and I had our coffee shop date,” Jackie wrote, in part, in an Instagram note posted to Instagram on April 8. “As for the ring,” she continued, “Marshall did not pay for the ring ‘Love is Blind’ paid for all the rings.”
For his part, Marshall posted a response to a TikTok comment asking why he wanted to keep it so badly with a playful TikTok sound saying “I’m leaving here with something” on April 9.
Marshall Glaze and Justin Glaze from “The Bachelorette” are cousins.
Over the last few weeks, viewers have learned Justin Glaze, from “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” and Marshall are related.
Earlier in March, Marshall shared photos of Justin and himself making exaggerated expressions with the caption: “When they ask if the facial expressions run in the family,” and a clown emoji.
“We clearly don’t play much poker in our family,” Justin responded with two laughing-crying emojis.
On March 31, Marshall confirmed by reposting an Instagram story in which a viewer asked if the two were related. “Let’s put this to bed,” Marshall said as he FaceTimed Justin in, holding the phone up to his face to show their likenesses. “Yeah, we’re cousins.”
“I need to go to this family’s cookout,” commented one viewer.