Perhaps the couple with the most shocking ending on the Love Is Blind finale was Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers. No, their relationship wasn’t as smooth or ironclad as, say, Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton’s, but they seemed downright smitten with each other. There were fights, of course—who can forget when Giannina told Damian that even though she was the best sex of his life, he wasn’t hers?—but overall I expected them to say, “I do” come wedding day.
That didn’t happen. In the end, Giannina was all in, but Damian was out. He said, “I don’t” at the altar, causing Giannina to run out of the venue—in her wedding dress—and trip on the ground. The two ultimately talked things out, but there was no happily ever after.
Not that we know of, at least. The Love Is Blind cast reunion airs next Thursday, March 5, on Netflix, and Giannina and Damian will surely give us more details then. In the meantime, we caught up with Giannina and had her break down that shocking finale, explain what went wrong, and offer a little insight into her love life now. Read the candid chat, below:
Glamour: This must be such a crazy time for you.
Giannina Gibelli: It’s been really exciting. It’s definitely been a bit of a shock. I didn’t think that this many people were going to fall in love with the show, but overall the support has been great. I’ve been in a pretty good head space with everything. It’s just a lot to take in all at once, but I’m hopeful. I think this is great. I love that people are accepting it like this.
Can you walk me through what you were feeling in that moment when Damian said he couldn’t marry you?
Giannina: Well, you go into a bit of a shock, right? You don’t really believe what’s happening. I process a lot of things really quickly. So I went from a moment of denial, to acceptance, to sadness, to anger, pretty much just all at once. Embarrassed, because I’m in front of my family and friends. It wasn’t his fault. We had to go to the altar. We didn’t have to get engaged, but we had to have the wedding. And he told me that he didn’t know what he was going to say until he saw me. You’re always hopeful, especially when you’re in your wedding dress, and you’ve made up your mind. It was a lot to take in and a lot of sadness, but a lot of humility and awareness of like, “Okay, I’ve got to pick myself up. I need to feel all these feelings, but I need to pick myself up eventually.”
How long did it take you to heal from the heartache of this experience, and what helped you heal from it?
Giannina: So overall, there was a big trickle effect, right? After the experience, your whole world gets taken upside down, because a lot of the things that you’ve always valued, or things that you’ve probably hidden, or feared for a really long time, come up to the surface. You have no choice but to face them and overcome them in a very honest and challenging way. It took me about nine months after the experience to start feeling like myself again. I did so much. I did career changes. I went on so many trips back home. Definitely took some time for myself to heal and to grow and do some soul-searching, but it wasn’t easy. But I’m really grateful for it, because it definitely happened to me for a reason.