Season 5 of Love Is Blind dropped on Sept. 22 and to say I’m fully invested in these relationships would be an understatement. Seeing the contestants hit it off and build relationships in the pods has been my Roman Empire and as a hopeless romantic, I’m convinced any couple who bonds quickly on this dating show are going to live happily ever after. Sue me.
One couple that seemed to have a shot outside of the pods was Uche and Aaliyah. During their first day in the pods, the pair hit it off quickly after realizing how similar they were. They bonded over their love of poetry and shared ambitions. From the first episode alone, it seemed like Aaliyah and Uche were Season 5’s fan-favorite couple in the making. But what would Love Is Blind be without any drama?
During the first episode, Aaliyah revealed she had been unfaithful in a past relationship. Though Aaliyah expressed regret over her cheating and assured Uche she wouldn’t make the same mistake in their relationship, he was shockingly judgmental toward her. This caused Aaliyah to leave the pods in tears. Uche later apologized to Aaliyah and explained that he reacted that way because he had been lied to in a previous relationship. Uche confessed to Aaliyah that he was falling in love with her but needed complete honesty from her moving forward.
It seemed everything was back on track for Uche and Aaliyah. But then things got messy at the end of episode 4 and now, there’s only one thing I want to know: Do Uche and Aaliyah still end up together? Let’s just say, it’s complicated. Spoiler alert: Spoilers for Season 5 of Love Is Blind follow.
Uche Is taken back after learning Aaliyah left the show
After Uche revealed to Aaliyah that he’d previously dated their podmate Lydia during episode 3, Aaliyah and Lydia’s friendship took a major turn. While opening up to Aaliyah about her past romance with Uche, Lydia revealed that they had slept together just a few months before entering the pods. (Oop!) After hearing Lydia’s side of the story, Aaliyah expressed her fears to Uche about moving forward in their relationship. “I’m over here sitting with your ex that you f*cked three months ago. She’s telling me things that I didn’t want to know from her,” Aaliyah said.
But despite this setback, Aaliyah and Uche decided to make things work. At the end of episode 4, Uche headed into the pods ready to propose to Aaliyah but quickly realized she wasn’t on the other side.
At the beginning of episode 5, the production team informed Uche that Aaliyah decided to leave the show. “I’m so confused. She didn’t express any reservations yesterday. We were on the same page,” Uche said. “To just walk away without saying anything…this doesn’t make any sense.”
He then expressed his need to talk to Aaliyah to figure out why she left. Once production got Aaliyah on the phone, Uche didn’t waste time getting to the bottom of her leaving.
“There was an exchange of words between Lydia and I that didn’t really go well,” Aaliyah told Uche before going into detail on how her conversation with Lydia went. Though Aaliyah apologized for leaving, Uche couldn’t believe that she let Lydia come between them. The conversation got heated with Uche and Aaliyah arguing about Lydia. In the end, Uche couldn’t get over Aaliyah leaving the show without saying goodbye and decided it was best for them not to be together.
“I’m such a f*cking idiot. This is exactly what I thought was gonna happen. I was gonna let myself get close to the wrong person,” Uche said before Aaliyah chimed in, “Well, if that’s how you feel, then maybe we don’t need to keep talking.”
In the end, Uche finally had enough of the back-and-forth. “I don’t wanna talk to her. I don’t want her phone number,” he said. “I don’t want to see her again.”
Aaliyah and Uche have a conversation about their relationship in the real world
At the end of episode 6, Aaliyah and Uche meet up at a restaurant to unpack their last conversation. Aaliyah expressed regret over leaving the pods without saying goodbye. She told Uche she still loved him and hadn’t felt a connection like the one they had with anyone else.
“My heart is still in your hands. There isn’t anybody else that I want,” Aaliyah confessed. “I want to be your better half…I would marry you. I would.”
Their conversation carried over to episode 7, which began with Uche telling Aaliyah that her leaving the pods “broke” him. “I thought that we were on the same page the entire way through. I said ‘I love you.’ You said you loved me,” Uche said. “We were talking about how excited we were to spend the rest of our lives together. You didn’t communicate any kind of doubt to me.”
Aaliyah went on to share that her doubts began when she found out about Uche’s past relationship with Lydia. She said Lydia told her more about their past than Uche did. Though he agreed he could have been more open about his previous relationship with Lydia, Uche felt that anything he did would have made him lose Aaliyah in the end.
Do Uche and Aaliyah End up together?
After an emotional conversation, Uche couldn’t get past Aaliyah doubting their relationship and decided to end things between them.
“You didn’t have confidence in me and you didn’t have confidence in our relationship,” Uche said. “I think it’s over between us.”
So there you have it, Uche and Aaliyah didn’t end up together. Though I thought they were each other’s endgame, it seems this relationship just wasn’t meant to be.