‘Love Is Blind’ Star Zanab’s Message to Ex Cole and the Internet After Polarizing Reunion Special
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 3 finale and reunion special Love Is Blindproceed with caution.
Love Is Blind star Zanab Jaffrey addresses ex-fiancé Cole Barnett as well as haters online. On Wednesday, Netflix released the wedding-filled season 3 finale, as well as a reunion special.
At Zainab and Cole’s wedding, the 32-year-old realtor tied up her groom at the altar, saying he had “single-handedly broken my confidence” before walking away from her.
Later in the meeting, Zainab accused Cole of making numerous comments about her weight and appearance and forced her to go on a strict diet, saying: “I stopped eating. I was eating like a banana and a teaspoon of peanut butter just to keep me going. We went out on long days when we were filming.”
One of the main topics of conversation was the “Cuties video,” Zanab said, with Cole asking if he would eat two Cutie clementines before dinner in the unreleased footage. Netflix released the footage at the end of the episode with many online saying that Zainab blew the situation out of proportion by trying to get her 15 minutes of fame. They also claimed that she was trying to imitate season 2 contestant Deepti Vempati’s altar moment when she said “I choose mine” at her wedding. Love Is Blind villain Shake Chatterjee.
On Thursday, Zanab took to Instagram both to address her ex, who was particularly emotional during the meeting, and to respond to her online critics.
“Cole, I fought for us until I couldn’t anymore. I know you know that. I know you know why I say what I say,” she captioned a slideshow of candid shots of them together. “I know you know what you’re doing. If you’re not ready to talk about it yet, that’s okay.”
Zainab then continued to post “an apology for the internet”.
“I’m sorry you weren’t in that relationship. I’m sorry you didn’t feel what I felt. I’m sorry we don’t have the same triggers.” “I’m sorry that I defended myself, I hurt you a lot. I’m sorry that you didn’t see all the reasons for what I said. I’m sorry that you didn’t go through this with me. That you don’t know me.”
Directly addressing claims that she was trying to have her own Deepti moment, she continued by writing, “Sorry, Deepti’s wedding was a week before mine, long before you or I knew her story.”
He also shut down claims that he acted while on the show.
She said, “I’m sorry, I’m not a paid actress. I’m sorry I can’t cry on demand.” “I’m sorry you felt manipulated, gassed and played. I’m sorry I’m your bad guy. I’m sorry I’m your bad guy – I promise you I’m not.”
He concluded his article by saying, “I stand by everything I said.”
The reality star received some love from several of her co-stars, including Nancy Rodriguez, Colleen Reed, Brennon Lemieux, Alexa Alfia and Raven Ross, who liked her post. Comments on this post have been disabled.
Alexa also shared Zainab’s post on her Instagram Stories, writing: “I will not apologize. There are many reasons why we stayed with him. We spent almost every day together so I will not take advice from those who were not there. .There are two sides to the story and I still I stand by what I said. Clement’s story is irrelevant. I don’t like bullies and will always stand by those who are right. It’s heartbreaking to see how low and low it really is. The internet can be disgusting. I hope you feel better after commenting on such disgusting things.” .
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Shortly after the episodes dropped, Cole took to his Instagram Stories, writing, “Thank you everyone for all the messages and comments! I can’t express how much your support has meant to me.”
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Zanab reiterated his stance while talking to ET after the taping of the show.
“I stand by everything I said,” Zaneb told ET. “Everything I said meant something, I said it for a reason. I didn’t do it to humiliate her. It was more based on the facts and hoping that she would be a changed person for her next healthy relationship. She is.”
Cole initially felt that Zanab was trying to humiliate him, previously telling ET, “I really felt cheated. I felt cheated that we didn’t talk about these things. We had a lot of arguments, but he never brought up what he said at the altar, so it seemed to me that it was more his trying to hurt me than the absence itself.”
She added that talking to her ex after the fact cleared that up, telling ET, “Since talking to her, it wasn’t her intention at all. It was how she really felt, so we worked through all of that.”
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