‘Love Is Blind’s’ Iyanna McNeely Becomes Emotional After Finalizing Divorce From Co-Star Jarrette Jones Following One Year Of Marriage: As Much As People Laugh At How Long We Were Married, I Think My Expectations Made It Real
Love may be blind but that doesn’t mean it’s painless.
In August many “Love Is Blind” viewers were left stunned after news broke that Iyanna McNeely, 28, and Jarrette Jones, 33, decided to divorce following just one year of marriage. For those who may not know, the former love birds met during season two of Netflix’s dating reality series “Love Is Blind.” The popular show, which initially premiered in 2020, centers around people ready to commit to marriage without seeing their potential spouse before getting engaged.
While on the show, the reality stars seemingly had a few issues to work out before making it down the aisle, one being Jarrette Jones’ love for staying out with his friends until the late hours of the night. However, they pushed through and ultimately decided to jump the broom, despite their differences.
In August, Jarrette and Iyanna took to their social media accounts and in a joint statement, announced they decided to call it quits.
Yesterday (Nov. 29) Iyanna revealed in an emotional TikTok video that their divorce has officially been finalized. While fighting back tears, she said:
“Well, it is official. Divorce really is like, a grief and as much as people laugh at how long we were married, I think my expectations made it real. My hope made it real, my effort made it real, my tears made it real.”
She continued and explained why she was so emotional:
“So, I’m crying for the girl that I was at the beginning of this marriage when I was so hopeful and had less baggage and I was optimistic and I was healed. I’m crying for that marriage that I thought could work. I’m crying for that man I believed he was – that man he convinced me he was in the beginning.”
“And then, cameras left and sh*t hit the wall, but don’t get it twisted, I may be crying and I may be sad right now, but I’m happy that I’m moving forward and I’m happy that I’m out of something that no longer works for me, something that drained the life out of me.”
I love that man. Of course I can only speak to my experience and I hope that Jarrette can grow to be truly vulnerable amongst those he’s loves. I do not regret it but instead will and am learning from it. As I continue to process, I’m sure I’ll share more about my marriage on my podcast but for now, I wanted to share to those who may relate. For anyone else going through a divorce, a breakup, or just general grief, it’s okay. It’s okay to feel, it’s okay to process, and it’s okay to lean on those closest to you. Every experience was meant to teach, prune, and stretch. Embrace it.
Many people flooded the comment section of Iyanna’s video, offering love and kind words.
Jarrette has yet to publically address the finalization of their divorce.
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