A clear break. After their Love Is Blind season 3 break up, Nancy Rodriguez and Bartise Bowden tried to stay platonic friends — to no avail.
“We made it very clear that we have been romantically performed,” Nancy, 32, completely informed Us Weekly forward of the discharge of Netflix’s Love Is Blind: After The Altar, which dropped on Friday, February 10. “And I feel that’s one thing that, like, there’s like a blurry line there as a result of it’s like, ‘OK, so what does that imply?’ Like, we’re pals or we’re attempting to be pals, so will we examine in on one another? Certain. Like, ‘Hey, hope you’ve gotten a very good week. I’ll see you Friday,’ ’trigger there’s like a bunch occasion taking place.”
The speech pathologist — who famous that she “actually did attempt to be pals” together with her ex — even requested Bartise, 27, if he can be comfy seeing her carry a date to a mutual pal’s social gathering and vice versa.
“So … we have been speaking within the level of like, ‘Hey, we’re one another’s ex-fiancé,’ and ‘Sure, we had a marriage day,’ however like, we’re transferring on and we’re attempting to do it with out blurring the traces of what’s disrespectful [and] what’s not,” Nancy recalled to Us. “So I feel that’s the maturity stage that — at the moment [and] in that section — that we have been attempting to be pals. We have been attempting to actually be thoughtful of one another.”
Nonetheless, the true property investor was fast to comprehend that Bartise was “not being the most effective” good friend to her.
“I feel me realizing that, because the 12 months glided by, there have been simply too many makes an attempt of him attempting to be a very good good friend that don’t align with what a very good good friend is,” Nancy claimed, revealing that the analyst barely spoke to her at a Halloween social gathering that she hosted. “As soon as he got here [inside] with [his new girlfriend], it was simply him appearing very odd. He mentioned hello to me when he walked within the door … and I by no means heard or noticed him once more. Once I did see him, they have been, like, making out in the lounge. [It was] simply little issues that I’m similar to, ‘Sir, like, that is my Halloween social gathering. Like, what are you doing?’”
Nancy, who later informed the Good Match character that she felt “disrespected” by his actions, ultimately began to place more room between her and Bartise. As soon as she realized that her former flame wasn’t offering what she wanted out of a friendship, she minimize their ties.
“I actually was such a individuals pleaser [in my twenties] and it was at all times, ‘Sure,’ it was at all times like, ‘I’ll break my again for whoever, like, wants my assist.’ And so, a lot of this final two years … since Love is Blind, is that I’ve really tried to seek out out the place my boundaries are [and] maintain them robust,” Nancy informed Us. “And that in itself could be very empowering to me as a result of it’s, like, if I don’t need it, it’s not gonna occur [and] if I do need it, then I’m gonna do my greatest to attempt to make it occur.”
Throughout After the Altar, fellow season 3 stars Colleen Reed and Zanab Jaffrey confronted Bartise on behalf of their good friend, telling him that they believed Nancy ought to “minimize” off their communication.
The Texas resident has since closed their chapter, telling Us that she doesn’t miss their friendship.
“I don’t wanna be shady, however like, no, it actually didn’t do something for me,” Nancy mentioned. “Like, wanting again, … I struggled with the heartbreak and so then after the heartbreak, like, we by no means frolicked one-on-one [a lot]. It was at all times in group environments. … So general, like, do I miss being his good friend? No, I don’t suppose that I do as a result of I’ve had so many extra different constructive experiences with myself and different individuals that you simply sort of need to boot what didn’t work to the facet and work on the issues which might be working for me.”
Bartise, for his half, will try to seek out love once more on Netflix’s Good Match — and Nancy hopes he’ll achieve success. The businesswoman has additionally began placing herself on the market once more and is utilizing the cellular app Chispa — the No. 1 relationship app for Latinx people in the USA — to seek out The One.
“I’m relationship,” Nancy teased to Us earlier this month. “Once I received to the purpose the place I attempted to decelerate in my profession, I needed to make relationship extra intentional, so I joined the Chispa app as a result of it’s primarily based off of discovering singles and placing us collectively when we have now comparable cultural backgrounds. That’s one thing that’s so highly effective [because] I like my tradition … so the truth that I can relate to somebody [and] date somebody who will get it [appeals to me].”
Love Is Blind: After the Altar season 3 is at present streaming on Netflix.
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With reporting by Christina Garibaldi