Netflix and Love is Blind’s Jessica Batten talks the show and new relationship

Netflix and Love is Blind’s Jessica Batten Breaks Her Silence While Talking To Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe On Her Podcast Off The Vine

Toree Weaver

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: May 21st, 2020 4:32pm pst

Maria Menounos
Keven Undergaro
AfterBuzz TV Founders

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

Afterbuzz Loves Love Is Blind Weekly

While watching Netflix’s Love Is Blind, a lot of us were wondering what was going through Jessica Batten’s mind. Whether she was letting her dog drink wine or highlighting her age difference, we all wanted to pull her to the side and have a chat. After the show ended, Jessica didn’t comment on her experience outside of a few statements at the reunion. Recently, she joined Kaitlyn Bristowe on her podcast, Off The Vine, to share her thoughts on her time during the show and update fans on her love life.  

Jessica Batten has been flying way under the radar since Love Is Blind aired, but she is finally ready to share her truth. During the podcast, she starts from the beginning and recalled that she was very hesitant to throw herself into this chance at love. After taking a leap of faith, Jessica knew Love Is Blind would be a success.  

“The production company created this show called Married At First Sight and I used to watch it and think ‘this is my worst nightmare.’ I didn’t know until we showed up, that it was the same production company putting this show together and they wanted to sell it to Netflix…so we were in a soundstage in South Atlanta and we were right next to Jurassic Park and ours was bigger. So, I knew just based on the amount of money that was being spent, that it was probably going to be a big deal and that Netflix would buy it,” she shared.  

Jessica went on to admit that watching everything play out was just as hard for her as it was for us at home. Reliving some of those moments was nearly unbearable for Batten and put her in a bad state after the launch. Although viewers saw more of her wine consumption, Batten revealed that she was struggling with some other things while participating in the experiment. 

“Seeing yourself blackout drunk and knowing that everyone you know and love is seeing it, that’s been really- you know it’s been a nightmare to be honest. Um, but yea I mean once I knew I was in a really bad position and that I had gotten way over my head, you know the issues come out. It wasn’t just drinking. I don’t know if anyone else noticed cause it didn’t come out. It’s the one thing I didn’t get shamed for, was like my weight, at least that I didn’t see it. My dog got shamed for her weight but not me. Um, but actually I gained ten pounds. When we got to Mexico to the wedding, like I was just, quesadilla, taco, whatever it was, I was just binge eating. Obviously, I was binge drinking, I was just uncomfortable, and I didn’t even realize,” Jessica said. 

View this post on Instagram

This is my doggy Payton. During the filming of the show in 2018, she ingested a very small piece of a stick. Unfortunately, this little stick lodged into her intestines in the perfect way that the vet had to perform surgery to remove it. While she was opened up on the table, the surgeon called me and told me she wouldn’t make it through since they needed to cut out most of the intestine. She was 5 years old. I was beside myself, devastated and all the while cameras were rolling. Fortunately, she made it through the surgery but they were certain she couldn’t overcome the post trauma. Every night after working and filming my struggles with whether love was blind or not, I would go lay with her in the ICU cage and every night I thought would be the last time I would see my pretty girl. This went on for ten days. The first picture is from a couple of weeks ago. My doggy Payton is resilient. Not only did she survive but she is thriving – happy and healthy and loving. She has taught me this very important thing about life…it is fleeting and even when circumstances seem overwhelming, we can overcome. ***Special shout out to the amazing and bad ass women vets at Blue Pearl for saving my baby – against all odds! First 📸 shot by @reignstudio_cp. #paytonhester #lifelessons #lifeisfleeting #surviveandthrive #overcoming #goldensofinstagram #unconditionallove #loveisblindnetflix

A post shared by Jessica Batten (@jessicabatten_) on

While explaining each step of the show, Jessica shared that she knew Mark Cuevas wasn’t the one during their trip to Mexico. The two built a strong emotional connection in the pods but after cuddling on the first night, Jessica confirmed that it wasn’t enough. It’s no secret that the age difference between the two bothered her and she admitted that she still isn’t comfortable dating outside of her age range. She continued to say that a 20-something  is simply not in the same stage in their life as her. 

On every episode, we saw Jessica struggle with her romantic feelings. Often, a lot of us wanted to go ahead and make the decision for her. She wasted no time asking big questions and weighing out all of her options. While she emphasized that she ultimately wanted to make the best decision for her, Jessica shared what kept her sane through the process. And no, it was not wine.

“The thing that got me through was that I knew I was being honest about my feelings. I was really trying to live in my truth, and I didn’t want to sign someone else up for something that was going to be heartbreaking,” Batten expressed. 

View this post on Instagram

My quarantine #ootd 💋

A post shared by Jessica Batten (@jessicabatten_) on

Although we didn’t see her happily married in the season finale, Jessica is dating someone new. She didn’t spill all of the beans, but she did say that they are taking things slow. She also revealed that quarantine has helped with their communication and she is really happy in her new relationship. Who knows, maybe she feels like she’s back in the pods. 

Before concluding the chat with former Bachelorette star, Jessica gave some advice for anyone participating in the next season. 

“Be ready. It’s not an engagement at the end. It’s you’re engaged, and you have to be fully committed in that because you’re going to be planning a wedding. If you have any reservations while you’re planning a wedding, it might not go the way you want it to go,” she said.  

View this post on Instagram

Evolve as you please.

A post shared by Jessica Batten (@jessicabatten_) on

Even though she was voted Netflix’s Villain of the Year , it is nice to hear that Jessica is finding ways to address issues that were displayed in the series. Now that this first interview is out of the way, we hope to hear more about her time on the show. 

For more Love is Blind news and updates, follow the Afterbuzz TV Loves Love is Blind series and share our stories with other people who are still obsessed with the show. 

If you love Love Is Blind Like AfterBuzz TV Loves Love Is Blind Weekly, share this article with a friend. Tune in daily to AfterbuzzTV for articles, aftershows, and all the latest news on the world of entertainment.

About The Author:

Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

“We don’t just celebrate and cover the top shows, content and stars, we celebrate and cover ALL the shows, content and stars.”

Maria Menounos

More News

What to expect from season 2 of The Vow
Celebs react to the episode of The Bachelorette
10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Guest Starred On Girlfriends
The biggest moments from the latest episode of Real Housewives of Potomac
Avengers, Mindy Kaling, Beastie Boys, and more back Joe Biden
Adele will be hosting SNL for the first time on October 24th!