Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers got engaged on the first season of Netflix’s Love Is Blind. But when it came time to get married, Giannina said ‘I do’ at the altar and Damian said ‘I do not.’
“I do love you. Since day one, I’ve wanted this, I wanted to marry you. I have. I’ve stayed consistent all the way through this. And you have not. I can’t handle the ups and downs of you loving me one day and saying you want to be friends the next,” he told her.
Giannina ran off heartbroken, but the two reconciled after the cameras stopped rolling and have been together ever since.
When Damian told Giannina ‘I do not’ at the altar
In an interview with the Love In Sight podcast, Damian recounted “one of the hardest days of [his] life,” his wedding with Giannina.
“Every day since then I’ve wished I could have taken back the pain that she went through on that day. There was nothing easy about that decision. Even during the wedding, you hear me say, ‘I do not,’ and that’s cause I wanted to hold that ‘I do,’” he said.
Damian says he wanted to give him and Giannina a real shot, and he knew the best way to do that would be without the pressure of getting married.
Damian didn’t tell Giannina he was going to say ‘I do not’ before their wedding
Giannina told Damian she was going to say yes at the altar. She asked him what he was going to say, but he couldn’t give her a straight answer.
“People are like, ‘Why didn’t you tell her earlier?’ And I was going through so much doubt and fear and I didn’t give him a clear answer for weeks. So it’s really hard for me to sit here and say, ‘Well, he should have given me an answer’ when I couldn’t have done that myself for a really long time,” she said in the same interview. “He did say, ‘I will know when I see you at the altar.’ And that’s not something that any girl wants to hear, but I think you hear me at the finale saying, ‘If it happens for me it happens.’ I was hoping for the best and I mean I still think we got our happy ending.”
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Now that they’ve been together for over a year, Giannina says there are no hard feelings about what happened at their wedding.
“I think at the altar we both gave the other what we thought was right,” she said.
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