The ensemble of Netflix’s newest dating competition shows Perfect Match includes some of the reality stars from the streaming service, and it turns out that some of them were once romantically involved.
Joey Sasso, the champion of The Circle’s inaugural season, and Kariselle Snow, better known as the panda from Sexy Beasts, are two of the singles entering the villa on the first night.
Before they were cast on Perfect Match, the former bartender and pageant queen (whose first reality show was actually MTV’s Are You The One? Season 8, featuring an all-sexually-fluid cast) had a lot of history together, so they quickly become one of the most interesting couples as they attempt to rekindle their relationship.
Read on to learn everything we know about Kariselle and Joey’s history before Perfect Match season 1, their experience on the show, and whether or not they are still dating.
Are Kariselle and Joey Still Together After Perfect Match?
We have some hints about Joey and Kariselle’s position now that the last episodes of Perfect Match have debuted, and they’re not good. I’m sure we all know why we’re all assembled here today, Kariselle lipsyncs to an audio clip in a TikTok she recently posted.
She displays her ringless fingers as she speaks by firmly clasping her hands. Also, the caption for the video reads, “POV: The final episodes of Perfect Match dropped but you still have to wait a few days until updates so everyone can catch up!”
In contrast, Joey opened up about the proposal in a Newsweek interview, revealing that he realized he wanted to marry Kariselle when there was just about a week remaining of filming. Joey hasn’t commented on their current relationship status as of the time of writing.
He also expressed his excitement at seeing the video of the significant event. “I’m eager to watch it. Thought I wasn’t at all anxious, but can’t recall anything! I was so anxious during the entire proposal that I passed out! I hope it was received well “said he.
He continued, “I believe there were many tears shed, but it was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. Joey may have fond memories of the proposal, but it appears that Kariselle and Joey parted ways somewhere during the year that passed between filming and airing.
I’m there with you if you’re yelling at the screen for answers! In the coming week, we’ll keep a watch on events to see if Netflix decides to film a Perfect Match reunion or if Kariselle initiates communication.
Did Joey and Kariselle Date Before ‘Perfect Match’?
After Joey’s identity as a member of The Circle’s cast was made public, the two started talking. In the first episode of Perfect Match, Joey said that Kariselle DMed him and that he was attracted to her right away.
They enjoyed their time together in LA when she had been there, but according to Joey, he wasn’t ready to date. According to Kariselle, they were silent for a few months before he got in touch with her again.
She claims that although they attempted dating, the “commitment thing” was too much for him, and they broke up.
According to Instagram, the second time they tried dating was in the first half of 2021. Joey submitted a photo of himself in Kariselle with a heartfelt statement dated July 2021 in which he expressed gratitude to his friends and family for their support as he was pursuing sobriety.
In his film recapping the year 2021, there is also a picture of the couple kissing. By the time Perfect Match began filming in early 2022, the pair had ostensibly split.
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What Happened Between Joey and Kariselle on Perfect Match?
As they encountered one another as the first competitors entered the Perfect Match villa, Kariselle, and Joey were both taken aback. Joey may have experienced the effect twice because of his prior relationship with Francesca Farago.
Kariselle seemed hesitant to give him another chance as they discussed their past, and she also questioned whether their meeting on the show might have been fate. She accepted to be Joey’s match after he acknowledged his continued love for her.
The next day, during the first “compatibility challenge” of the show, the joyful reunion encounters some turbulence. Joey acknowledges during the game that he still has feelings for his ex from around four years ago.
Kariselle grew enraged and questioned him as to why he would attempt to start a relationship with her if he hadn’t let go of the past. She was also embarrassed by having water spilled on her head. Later that evening, she admits to Francesca that she would be “quite open” to going on a date with someone new.
Naturally, Kariselle is arranged to see Chase DeMoor the following day. The date is a success, and the two even enter the villa together afterward and share a passionate kiss.
Joey becomes agitated when he sees them kissing, but he stays out of the way and places the cards on Kariselle’s table, warning her that if she doesn’t pick him, he’s leaving.
She is upset by this and questions why he would approve of seeing her with someone else, but despite their argument, she decides to rematch Joey.
Since that time, they have been matched. They started acting more affectionately and gave each other a perfect 10 rating during the anonymous kissing challenge.
Joey and Kariselle remain closely matched throughout the second batch of episodes, which debuted on February 21. Joey eventually asks Kariselle to be not only his match in the house but also his girlfriend. Kariselle accepts with joy, and everyone in the house rejoices.
In another tender moment, Kariselle shares her anxieties about losing her sexuality if she marries a man with Joey. She also inquires as to whether it terrifies him considering the last person she fell in love with was a woman. Joey firmly rejects this, insisting that he loves and supports Kariselle for who she is.
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