Iyanna McNeely cried while announcing to “Love Is Blind” fans that her divorce from Jarrette Jones has been finalized.
“It is official,” the reality star stated with tears in her eyes in a TikTok video posted on Tuesday.
“Divorce truly resembles sadness, and as much as people laugh at how long we were married, I believe that my expectations, my hope, my effort, and my tears made it real.”
McNeely then recounted on the early days of her marriage to her Season 2 co-star, with whom she became engaged in the pods.
She explained, “I’m sobbing for the young woman I was at the beginning of our marriage.”
“I was really optimistic. And I had less baggage. And I was optimistic and completely recovered. And I’m weeping for the marriage I believed could work.”
McNeely asserted that Jones “convinced” her that he was a different man at the beginning of their relationship, but changed after filming of the hit Netflix show concluded.
“I am weeping for the man I believed him to be. He initially convinced me that he was that man,” she continued. “Between all the meticulously planned filming, there were good moments. “There was a connection, and then the cameras left, and everything hit the wall.”
McNeely did not go into great detail about what went wrong in their brief marriage, but she stated that she is happy to be moving on with her life.
“I’m glad to be free of something that no longer serves my needs. Now, the task has been completed entirely. “Therefore, I’m releasing it,” she stated.
McNeely and Jones were one of two couples who tied the knot during the February airing of the Season 2 finale. Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson, co-stars, were also married, but their divorce was announced in August.
Throughout the dating show, viewers had a front-row witness to McNeely and Jones’ budding affection.
In March, when the reunion special aired, the couple appeared to still be enjoying life as newlyweds, despite their many ups and downs, which included arguments over their vastly different lifestyles and Jones’ flirting with castmate Mallory Zapata.
Nonetheless, hints of their marital issues began to emerge in “After the Altar,” which debuted on streaming services in September.
McNeely asserted that Jones continued his party boy lifestyle by frequenting nightclubs with his pals following his performances, sometimes not returning home until the early hours of the morning.
Jones and McNeely announced their separation one month before to the special’s airing after only one year of marriage.
“After much consideration, we regret to announce that we have separated and will begin the divorce process,” the couple announced on their respective Instagram accounts on August 17.
Even though we love each other, our lives are taking different paths, and that’s good. This decision was anything but simple, and we will always wish each other the best.”
Their statement continued, “We ask for your privacy as we close this chapter of our lives. Thank you to our close friends and family for their support during this difficult time.
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