‘Love Is Blind’: Giannina Gibelli Thinks Her Haters Have a Point, but She’s Done ‘a Lot of Introspective Work Within [Her]self’

Giannina Gibelli fell in love with and got engaged to Damian Powers on Netflix’s first season of Love Is Blind. The couple had one of the more heated relationships–they definitely fought more than the other couples.

Damian Powers and Giannina Gibelli | Paras Griffin/Getty Images
Damian Powers and Giannina Gibelli | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

On their wedding day, Giannina said ‘I do,’ and Damian said, ‘I do not.’ He said he could tell that Giannina was not ready to be engaged. That night, after their wedding, they made up and have been together ever since.

After their season aired, both Giannina and Damian received a good amount of criticism from viewers (as did pretty much every other cast member, though some more than others).

How Giannina handles online hate and criticism after ‘Love Is Blind’

Giannina says she tries not to read the negative comments too much, but she’s also trying to become immune to them.

“I try to stay away from Twitter but I also face it because I’m building this wall of like, ‘It doesn’t hurt me,’” she said on the “Love In Sight” podcast.

At the same time, though, Giannina can see where some of her criticizers are coming from.

“In the beginning, I couldn’t. I was like, ‘Why is this happening to me? People don’t get it.’ And I still get, ‘You’re toxic. You’re a child. You’re immature. You’re bipolar. You don’t deserve him.’ And it’s just like, I understand why you would say that because everything that’s shown will pretty much, whenever I look at it, confirm that,” she said.

But Giannina knows Love In Blind viewers only saw a small portion of who she is on the show.

“You don’t know me. You don’t know who I am. You weren’t in my position. You weren’t in any of our shoes. I get that you saw what we went through, sort of, beginning through end, but, I don’t know how many times I’m gonna say it, but no one will understand how it was,” she said.

Giannina says she learned a lot by watching her behavior back on ‘Love Is Blind’

The reality star says, since Love Is Blind wrapped, she’s done a lot of introspection.  

“That was also a year and a half ago so through that experience I was able to grow and learn. And once I saw it on-screen I was like, ‘OK Damian maybe you are right about the way that I yell.’ I thought that that was something normal that I did. That’s just how I grew up,” she said.

Giannina continued: “But it was a really big learning experience for me and when people say, ‘Oh, you suck,’ or, ‘You’re toxic,’ it’s like, well, I can be. Obviously you can see that. I think we all can be if we’re put in random, extreme situations. But I also did a lot of introspective work within myself within that whole experience. So I get more positive than negative.”

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