Reality TV

Paige & Josh From Love Is Blind Got Engaged Off-Camera

“Our story is filled with love, beautiful moments, and happiness with no drama.”

Paige and Josh on 'Love Is Blind.' Photos via Netflix
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After following the show for five seasons, Love Is Blind fans have learned that what’s not shown is often as important as what makes it to air. From un-aired engagements to plot points kept under wraps until just the right moment, Netflix’s dating show keeps a lot in the vault.

Now, two Season 5 contestants whose story wasn’t featured on-screen are sharing their engagement on social media. According to their shared Instagram post, Paige Tillman and Josh Simmons connected quickly when they met during filming.

They were each other’s first pod dates, Paige wrote in the caption, and their connection was mutual from the start. “Our story is filled with love, beautiful moments, and happiness with no drama,” she continued. “After the show we stayed engaged and even planned our wedding.”

But though the pair “fell deeply in love,” Paige said, they ultimately learned they had different life goals and decided to end their engagement. Regardless of this outcome, however, Paige expressed gratitude for the show, saying the pair would do the Love Is Blind experiment “all over again” if they could.


It’s unclear why Love Is Blind didn’t follow Paige and Josh’s story, but creator Chris Coelen has been open about making these kinds of cuts every year. “Each season, there are lots of stories that we don’t tell, regardless of whether couples get engaged or not,” he recently told Variety, describing the decision to feature a couple as a “little bit of a judgment call.”

Without mentioning anyone by name, Coelen also confirmed that “multiple” engagements didn’t make it to air this time. Clearly, Paige and Josh’s engagement was one of them; fans have speculated that Renee Poche and Carter Wall might have been another.

Some fans might think that Paige and Josh’s story wasn’t told because, as Paige claimed in her post, their relationship had “no drama.” After all, drama is a big part of the reality series. But in an interview with People earlier this year, Coelen said that he’s looking for something else.

“I think what makes good TV is authenticity. That’s what, to me, is most compelling,” he said. The creator also noted contestants are aware the show may not feature them, so they shouldn’t be too disappointed. Viewers, on the other hand, may miss seeing another couple’s love story unfold.