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Thomas & Chelsea Are Dropping A Lot Of Mixed Signals After Temptation Island

Did their relationship survive the show?

Chelsea Brea and Thomas Gipson on 'Temptation Island' via NBCUniversal Press Site
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Like all Temptation Island couples, Chelsea Brea and Thomas Gipson joined the show hoping to come away from it stronger. They’d been dating for a year after being introduced by a mutual friend, but Thomas’ flirtatiousness was making Chelsea insecure. Thomas — who’d never been in a serious relationship before Chelsea — wanted to prove his commitment. But already, the two are falling for the allure of singles on the island. Chelsea has been getting close to Blake Eyres, while Thomas has been tempted by by Sophia Perez, with whom he recently shared a kiss on the cheek. “From now on, don’t be scared of me, I promise I won’t bite,” she told him in the March 2 episode. “Maybe just a little,” Thomas smiled. Later, Erin Smith told a concerned-looking Chelsea that she should “explore other options.”

So where do the two stand now? So far, both Thomas and Chelsea have been careful to keep their current relationship status under wraps. They still follow each other on Instagram and occasionally like each other’s posts, so they appear to be on good terms. But they’ve completely scrubbed their profiles of any photos of one another, which could be evidence that they’ve broken up or just an attempt at avoiding any potential spoilers.

Sophia, on the other hand, has been a little less tight-lipped. She left some flirty flame emojis and the comment “Tommy boy!!” under one of Thomas’ recent posts. Thomas responded with two relieved-face emojis, which could truly mean anything. Another single, Tula Poindexter, also commented on one of Thomas’ headshots, but it seems more friendly than flirtatious. “Love this photo of you!” she wrote, adding a flame emoji. He responded, “Thanks Tula!”

Chelsea, meanwhile, has mostly interacted with the other women from the show online. When some of her followers asked about her time on the show, she called the experience “crazy” and “emotionally and mentally draining,” so do with that what you will. She also briefly chatted with the friend that introduced her and Thomas, who called himself “a Top Notch Connector,” which may hint that their relationship made it out in tact. Under the same post, someone else encouraged Chelsea and Thomas to, "Get married, love one another, have children, love them, [and] turn your back on all the social media BS,” to which Chelsea responded, “I love this.” So that could mean she’s hopeful for their future?

Further confusing things, Chelsea recently shared on her Instagram story that she’s reading The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship, a book that provides tools for loving without inciting fear-based drama. The experience must have inspired her to do some inner reflection, but whether it’s for Thomas, herself, or a new relationship remains unclear.