‘Love Is Blind’: Damian Powers Explains Exactly Why He Said ‘I Do Not’ to Giannina Gibelli and It Makes a Lot of Sense

Damian Powers and Giannina Gibelli got engaged on the first season of Love Is Blind. They did not, however, get married. Giannina said, “I do” at the altar and Damian said, “I do not.”

Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers | Rachel Luna/Getty Images
Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers | Rachel Luna/Getty Images

“I do love you. Since day one, I’ve wanted this, I wanted to marry you. I have. I’ve stayed consistent all the way through this. And you have not. I can’t handle the ups and downs of you loving me one day and saying you want to be friends the next,” he told her.

Damian continued: “It would be selfish of me to marry you today knowing, as much as you tell me you’re ready, I see that you’re not.”

Why Damian didn’t want to marry Giannina on ‘Love Is Blind’

On the day of their wedding, it seemed the main reason Damian didn’t want to go through with marrying Giannina was that he felt she wasn’t ready. In an interview with the Love In Sight podcast that aired on April 14, Damian says he said “I do not” because he wanted to give him and Giannina a real chance at being together, and he felt the best way to do that would be without the pressure of getting married so soon.

“I’m gonna have to make the hardest decision here today no matter how hard it is in the moment for us to hopefully survive and thrive outside of this and become best friends first, become partners without the time frame of wedding and everything that comes with marriage, which is a house, kids, finances, family vacations, Christmases, splitting them. I didn’t want [those added stressors] going into a relationship with her,” he explained, thinking back on that day.

Damian says Giannina told him that she wanted to marry him and that she was going to say yes. He had a hard time believing her.   

“We’d spoke earlier and she said that, you know, ‘I want this now. I’m going to say yes.’ It was honestly really hard for me to believe. We had a lot of ups and downs, you know. We had so many great moments that really weren’t seen. But I didn’t really, when she said ‘I do,’ I was just… It’s what I always wanted to hear. I always wanted to hear that. And I just, it was hard to accept that late in, for me to register then. And if she would have said ‘I don’t,’ I would have still left with her. I would’ve been like, ‘OK, let’s do this together,'” he said.

Giannina didn’t know Damian was going to say ‘I do not’

In the same interview, Giannina said when she asked Damian if he was going to say “I do,” he didn’t give her an answer.

“He did say, ‘I will know when I see you at the altar.’ And that’s not something that any girl wants to hear, but I think you hear me at the finale saying, ‘If it happens for me it happens.’ I was hoping for the best and I mean I still think we got our happy ending,” she said.

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