After 10 days of bonding on “pod” dates on Netflix’s Love Is Blind and by no means having seen each other, Diamond Jack and Carlton Morton obtained engaged. After they lastly have been capable of meet in particular person, the sparks continued to fly.
However then they arrived on trip collectively in Mexico, and every little thing unraveled.
Shortly after they settled into their room, Carlton, who’s 34 and works with children who wish to be fashions and actors, revealed one thing he hadn’t advised Diamond earlier than he popped the query: He had beforehand slept with each women and men.
Diamond, who’s 28 and dealing on her PhD in optometry, was shocked and felt that Carlton had lied to her by not revealing this data whereas they have been attending to know each other within the pods. And Carlton took Diamond’s shock as rejection.
The dialog continued the subsequent day and shortly spiraled, with accusations, name-calling, a drink within the face and even a diamond ring hurled into the pool. The engagement, their relationship and their time as a part of the present’s “is love blind?” experiment was over.
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In fact, life goes on, and almost a year-and-a-half later (the present was filmed in October and November of 2018), Diamond and Carlton sat down with PEOPLE to debate that battle, the loss of life threats they’ve obtained for the reason that first episodes have been launched and the place they stand now.
PEOPLE: Your connection within the pod appeared so real. It was actually lovely. However proper while you obtained to Mexico, hastily the vibe was off. Carlton, do you’re feeling like perhaps you got here in with a chip in your shoulder and assumption of how issues have been going to go?
CARLTON MORTON: By the point we obtained to Mexico, my nerves have been simply shot… I obtained to Mexico and I had a dialog with producers that it had gone too lengthy and I wanted to inform her, however a lot has occurred. I’m feeling like, “Okay, I’m engaged to her now. Am I going to stroll down the aisle with out telling her? I’m no less than discuss to her earlier than then.”
You’ve now had all of this time to course of every little thing that occurred. What would you do in a different way or how would you deal with it in a different way?
CARLTON: I really feel like we have been met with some issues that neither certainly one of us actually knew how one can deal with at the moment and will not have dealt with that state of affairs in one of the simplest ways. I might pay attention greater than converse as a result of though it was a brand new expertise for me, it was a brand new expertise for her. And once I say new expertise from me, I imply simply the entire hoopla of TVs, cameras all in your face. As a result of it’s not like I’m simply having a dialog along with her. I’m having a dialog along with her and the world and that’s enjoying at the back of my thoughts. I’m like, “Netflix goes to see this. It will by no means go away. Your children’ children will see that.” And it’s simply all these nerves. I want that I might haven’t allowed myself to be so defensive. I assumed that I used to be being rejected and I feel I counted myself out earlier than she did.
DIAMOND JACK: I might change the method of it. I used to be making an attempt to be very understanding, however I had questions as a result of I’ve by no means been with a bisexual man. I don’t actually know that neighborhood that properly, however I respect the neighborhood. I really like the neighborhood. I simply had questions. Possibly I ought to have been extra encouraging and perhaps begin off saying, “I’m glad you have been capable of speak in confidence to me. I’m glad you’re capable of carry this to my consideration at this second in time.” Or, “I’m glad you got here out. I do know that is very onerous so that you can try this.” That probably might have modified that complete final result of how we have been aggressive towards one another.
At what level did you find yourself getting again in contact?
CARLTON: It took a full 12 months as a result of I didn’t ship a message till the vacations. And that’s as a result of all of the forged was on the GroupMe app and you’ll break off and do non-public messages. I’d seen that she was in there and the forged had met up on a number of events and I simply didn’t go as a result of I didn’t know what the vitality could be. Not that I felt like she would lash out or something. I simply didn’t need for both of us to really feel uncomfortable as a result of we had not had spoken. So I simply wished her glad holidays she responded in due time. And I feel the subsequent message was Completely happy Birthday or one thing after which it simply was small discuss. After which when it got here to us getting the emails saying the present was popping out, I referred to as her. I’m glad that we have been capable of come to a typical floor to nonetheless have respect for each other.
DIAMOND: I do perceive the place Carlton is coming from. The rationale why I didn’t wish to converse to him earlier than was, as a result of I wanted time to only heal. Actually, I used to be damage. As you see, I’ve cried on nationwide TV for hours. The cameras didn’t even get me immediately. So I wanted the time to heal. After which additionally I wished to ensure I knew what to say and perceive the place he was coming from. As a result of I give Carlton the utmost respect for popping out and telling the world his story. And I really feel just like the world may be very destructive about it after which they are often optimistic about it. I do know it’s onerous for anybody to do one thing like that. So I’ve wished to ensure I had the appropriate questions and simply knew how one can method it. And in addition I needed to forgive him and be capable to be in a cushty house with him. And as soon as he apologized, I wished to listen to him out. I wished to listen to why. You by no means know what individuals are going by. You by no means know their story. And I actually wished to know what occurred, what was happening and why it occurred that approach.
Have been you nervous for these episodes to return out?
DIAMOND: We each have been. At one cut-off date, I’m like perhaps they could lower us out. As a result of we didn’t go do extra issues on the journey and the others have been capable of stroll down the aisle. We didn’t make it to the altar, so I didn’t know in the event that they have been going to make use of us or not as a result of our story didn’t finish as a fairytale story.
What did you inform individuals the individuals in your lives to warn them that this was coming?
CARLTON: I advised the folks that mattered to me that I used to be involved with their opinions. I used to be like, “This present is popping out and it’s most likely going to be a tricky time for me as a result of I spoke my complete reality.” And so they didn’t actually push the problem. They only mentioned, “Okay, no matter it’s, we’ve got your again.”
DIAMOND: I didn’t actually inform anyone, solely as a result of I used to be very nervous and simply fearful of what was about to be proven. I used to be susceptible and put my complete life out on TV.
It sounds such as you guys have been getting some combined reactions and a few fairly terrible ones—even loss of life threats.
DIAMOND: It’s very insane. I’ve been referred to as so many names below the e-book now, calling me a disgusting human being. It’s loopy.
CARLTON: Let’s be clear. The phrases that I mentioned was the phrase that slipped out. I’m going to maintain clearing that up. It was boxing her into a gaggle of females. It was not a direct jab. Some individuals get that, some individuals don’t… I can’t change the way in which somebody feels that they have been addressed. You hear what I’m saying? So I simply need to respect it.
What would you like individuals to find out about who you might be that perhaps you’re feeling it doesn’t present up on the present?
CARLTON: I really feel like if individuals can not see that I’m a kindhearted particular person, they’ve already seen what they wish to see in me… It’s evident within the forms of messages that I’m getting. So there’s actually nothing that I can say to make them really feel totally different. It’s simply a type of issues that occurred and I’m assured that God has a much bigger lesson from this complete expertise.
DIAMOND: I really feel like I put my coronary heart on the market. It just about exhibits what my intentions have been coming into this complete experiment. And I don’t know if I might say something to let individuals see in addition to that I’m not homophobic or I’m not biophobic. I respect that neighborhood, like I mentioned earlier than. It’s simply that I really feel like individuals shouldn’t lash out on different individuals once they don’t perceive the neighborhood. It’s not that we’re ignorant. It’s not that we don’t care about you or it’s not that we hate you. It’s simply the truth that we simply have the lack of expertise… I simply didn’t know. I really feel like individuals shouldn’t label me as a result of I used to be interested by that neighborhood that I didn’t actually find out about.
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So might this expertise wind up the inspiration for a reasonably superb friendship?
CARLTON: At this level, no matter occurs, occurs. It will be nice. But it surely takes time I feel. I feel we each need to nonetheless course of the way in which we really feel. We nonetheless have totally different views on the way in which issues panned out and what was performed unsuitable.
DIAMOND: Precisely. That’s one factor that we do agree about on this present. 100% what Carlton simply mentioned. We have now plenty of rising, each of us, to do and I’m prepared to develop. I really like rising however I really feel like we will no less than come now to a medium and be capable to sit and now discuss as a result of it is a very sensitive topic. And each of us nonetheless get emotional about it. Though it occurred over a 12 months in the past, it nonetheless feels prefer it was yesterday.
The primary 9 episodes of Love Is Blind are streaming on Netflix now. The 2-hour season finale can be launched on Feb. 27.