'Love Is Blind' Stars Reveal They've Actually Known Each Other For 10 Years

Two Love Is Blind cast members knew each other for 10 years before filming the show. Kelly Chase and Jessica Batten have real-life connections that allowed them to continue building their friendship on the unconventional Netflix reality series.

Batten and Chase's prior connection didn't come up as a talking point on the dating show. Instead, they interacted sparingly, as did all other contestants. It wasn't until an Instagram question and answer session on Chase's profile that fans questioned how the pair knew each other.

"Jessica and I actually met 10 or 11 years ago from an ex-boyfriend's same social circle," she revealed in an Instagram story video, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Love Is Blind put 30 singles into an odd dating situation. Each single was isolated in a "pod," or an individual room. From there, they went on dates without seeing the other person. They were only able to hear them speak. A shocking number of engagements emerged from the "blind" dating, and five final couples were required to either marry each other or walk away from their love in the finale.

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Both Chase and Batten chose to walk away.

Batten and Chase interacted on the show as friends in a few different settings. First, they were able to talk about their new relationships during the blind dating phase of the show. Later on, all couples were subjected to social functions together. The brides-to-be also went wedding dress shopping and had a combined Bachelorette party.

Chase was engaged to Kenny Barnes on the show. Though Chase was the one to say "no" at the altar, Barnes revealed on Instagram they'd made a pact not to get married during the experiment. The mutual split looked a bit more shocking when Barnes said "I do" and Chase explained why she couldn't carry through with the marriage.

After the series, though, they didn't continue their relationship. Barnes actually ghosted Chase after filming. "We'd been so adamant about we're not getting married, we're really not engaged," he told People. "We'll pursue, dating afterwards, but to be candid, it was in that moment, because of the stress that it caused my friends, my family, also hers, it was like, I was just being cognizant of this is all real, these emotions are real. What we went through was a real experience. But life is way more complex than this. And I need to get my framework right."

Batten's storyline was even more dramatic. She became the series villain after passively pursuing Matt Barnett, who was engaged to another woman on the show. At the time, Batten was engaged to Mark Cuevas, though fans argued it was obvious she wasn't committed.

Recently, Batten revealed she did try to leave the series before the end. "Yeah, I mean, I had to stay," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I definitely had a conversation about leaving and I wasn't able to do that. My dog got sick too, and almost died during the show, I had so much other stuff going on."