If you're confused about when was Perfect Match filmed, you're not the only one.
The new Netflix series brings together singles from some of its most famous matching-making shows, including Too Hot To Handle, Love Is Blind and The Circle, to name a few. Once the hopeful romantics convene at an extravagant, tropical villa—a staple of reality dating shows—they ruthlessly pair up in attempts to find their other. They're able to switch up their relationship (or someone else's if they win a challenge) with the snap of a finger. Sensitive daters wouldn't last a minute in this villa, and we can't necessarily blame them! (But to be fair, the villa where Perfect Match was filmed is gorgeous.)
However, some seem to question whether or not said singles were, in fact, unattached at the time of filming. When did production begin, and did the start of Perfect Match, Netflix's cringiest dating show to date, conflict with any relationships that were already in progress? Here's what we know.
When was 'Perfect Match' filmed?
If you ask one of the Love Is Blind season 2 cast members, Perfect Match interfered with her romance. Shayne and Natalie were one of the rockier couples on the show who ultimately did not say "I do," for a variety of reasons. But Natalie was allegedly less than pleased when Shayne decided to embark on another romance while still committed to her.
"I knew about the new dating show back in Sept 2021 because Shayne and I were both approached to apply for it while we were in a relationship (casting didn't know we were together at the time)," she wrote in an Instagram Story in January 2023, according to People.
The social-media post continued: "We told each other we declined the opportunity, but I later found out he actually didn't decline and started the casting process in Nov 2021 without my knowledge at the time, while we were still together."
What's more, Natalie claimed that Shayne wanted to leave the set halfway through because he was still interested in her, a bombshell accusation, to say the least. The two called it quits for good in late 2021, though they were forced to reunite during the Love Is Blind reunion in March 2022. OK, so it seems a few timelines were thrown out of whack, right?
According to a member of the Perfect Match cast, none other than Love Is Blind's Bartise Bowden, the show actually began filming in March 2022, per one of his previous Instagram stories. This seemingly adds up, as we all know Bartise and Nancy didn't have a successful wedding day in the summer of 2021. Though they attempted a friendship, ultimately they parted ways in early 2022 just a few months before Perfect Match filming began, something we see during Love Is Blind: After the Altar season 3.
So, have you tuned in for the romance drama yet? We promise it comes in spades, regardless of when the show was filmed. Despite all the chaos, some of the Perfect Match couples who are no more are looking at giving the social experiment another shot. (You're a brave man, Dom Gabriel.)
While speaking to Netflix Tudum, he said, "I don’t know if there’s anyone from Selling Tampa that’s still single, or maybe Cheer. Gabi, if she's single. I don’t know if you’re watching this, but hey, how are you doing? Maybe I’ll see you on Season 2.”
Should the show get another season, here's hoping the "singles" who decide to participate have better luck with the timeframes than their predecessors (*cough* Shayne).
All 12 episodes of Perfect Match are available to stream on Netflix. Want more romance? Check out Love Is Blind season 4 on March 24.
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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few.
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