The reality dating show crossover is finally here, as rumors swirl that Love is Blind‘s Giannina Gibelli and Bachelor Nation’s Blake Hortsmann are dating.
The two have yet to confirm the coupling in public or on social media, but a source close to People informed fans that “they’re taking things slow” and “seem really happy together.”
After having trouble finding meaningful relationships in their own dating networks, the two have seemingly branched out and given love a second chance.
The news may not come as a big surprise to particularly eagle-eyed fans of the reality star’s Instagram accounts. Blake Horstmann, 32, and Giannina Gibelli, 28, have had many similar backgrounds and locations over Instagram Stories in the law few days.
Wearing black-and-white attire, they both posted photos from New Year’s Eve celebrations in front of brown barrels. Page Six also reported Instagram Stories in front of the same white doorway, as well as two photos individually shared in the same outdoor environment.
Gibelli’s account did not mention a location, perhaps as she tried to keep the relationship a secret, but Blake’s mentioned that his New Year’s Eve was celebrated at Mile High Spirits, a bar in Denver, Co. She commented on her post writing, “when Miami goes to the mountains.”
Love Is Blind co-star Kelly Chase also wished Blake a “happy new year,” which may be tied to his recent, romantic connection to Gibelli.
Blake Hortsmann found fame as a runner-up on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018, later starting a podcast about the ABC reality dating series titled Behind the Rose.
Appearing on Bachelor in Paradise, the second-chances spinoff series, Blake left after it was revealed that he was involved with multiple Bachelor Nation stars, including Kristina Schulman, Hannah Godwin and Caelynn Miller-Keyes, before filming ever began.
Kristina arrived on the beach to drop the shocking revelation, turning the contestants against him. He later said that he takes “full responsibility for [his] actions,” and “will forever regret the decision [he] made.”
“The women involved did not deserve that,” he continued on Instagram.
At the same time, Giannina Gibelli fell madly in love with Love Is Blind co-star Damian Powers and became one of the most popular couples throughout the series.
In a shocking finale, Damian left Gibelli at the altar on the day of the series’ wedding ceremony. The two continued to try to make it work, despite the heartbreaking finale, until the “After the Altar” Love Is Blind special one year later revealed that Damian and Netflix’s Too Hot to Handle star Francesca Fargo were romantically involved.
Despite the claims resulting in the couple splitting up, Damian continues to deny that he was ever linked to Francesca.
Back in August, Gibelli didn’t seem particularly heartbroken claiming that she was “officially single” and completely “moved on.”
“Me and Damian haven’t been dating for a couple of months now,” she revealed. “I feel really, really good. I’m definitely at a really good place in my life… I’ve processed it all. I’m such at peace.”
“You definitely learn from all different kinds of love,” she continued. “In a relationship, we were just very different, and I think that’s very clear. There’s nothing wrong with that, opposites really attract, but with us, it’s just I guess the way that we communicated, we didn’t really understand what the other was trying to say. It was constantly like that.”
Around the same time, Blake also confirmed that he was in a new relationship, but did not divulge any further information.
“I am dating,” he told Let’s Talk About It podcast host Taylor Nolan. “Yeah, I’m kind of seeing somebody right now. We’re going slow and everything. But yeah, we’re keeping it private.”