Two reality TV worlds collided, with a former single competitor and a Love is blind star revealing they have “a marriage pact.”

Blake Moynes, who was previously engaged to Katie Thurston in The BacheloretteAppeared in Love is blind stars in Deepti Vempati and Natalie Lee's podcast, Outside the pods. During the episode, released on April 3, Lee confirmed that she and Moynes dated in 2022. Although they are no longer a couple, she shared that they have a pact in place if they are both single in their thirties.

“I don't think we've ever talked about it, but Blake and I have a marriage pact. If I'm not married by 35, he said we'd have kids and get married,” Lee said.

After Veepti acknowledged that “35 is coming soon” as Lee just turned 32, Moynes noted that they may push back on the pact's age rules. “I’ll decide on 37,” agreed Lee.

Moynes appeared in the 16th season of The Bachelorette, which featured Clare Crawley. However, she got engaged midway through the season, so Tayshia Adams was hired as the lead. Moynes then appeared on the show's 17th season, where he became engaged to Thurston. The pair announced their separation in October 2021.

Meanwhile, Lee appeared in the second season of Love is blind, where she got engaged to Shayne Jensen. Although she chose to say “I don't” at the altar during the season finale, Lee revealed in the reunion special that she and Jenson continued to date when the show ended. However, their romance didn't last.

During the episode Outside the pods, Moynes and Lee recalled that they officially met in 2022, when they went on an animal conservation trip to the Caribbean. They also acknowledged that during that summer, they were still navigating their feelings for each other.

“We shared agencies and things like that on that front, so there was a connection there,” he said. “But it really took a conversation to think: is this someone I get along with?”

Lee agreed that she was still getting to know Moynes on that trip, as she was unfamiliar with his experiences in The Bachelorette.

“I had never been on an animal conservation trip before and I didn't know you,” she said. “I haven’t watched any season of The Bachelorette you were. I had heard things about you on social media, I mean, good things, but at the time there was a lot of news about your ex.”

Although they are no longer together, Lee still referred to Moynes as “one of the [her] favorite people.” She also revealed why she was initially attracted to Bachelor in Paradise star during the animal conservation trip.

“I feel like the reason I was so attracted to you is because we share the same sense of humor,” she said. “I'm very self-deprecating, but also, as people noticed during my season of Love is blind and in general, I have a mean sense of humor. I feel like you have too [it].”

After Moynes agreed that he “could accept” Lee's sense of humor, he also shared why he thought they were compatible. “We could be ourselves and it didn’t take long to get to that point of comfort,” he said.

While they didn't specify how long they've been dating, Lee noted that they still “talk quite often” and she goes to Moynes “for a lot of advice.”

In August 2022, the pair sparked speculation that they were in a relationship after sharing several photos from their trip to the Caribbean on Instagram. At the time, Lee shared a series of photos from the trip, including a photo of her and Moynes posing on the beach and a video of a turtle in the sand.

“It's been a week, but I'm still thinking about my time in Nevis and the opportunity with the Sea Turtle Conservancy @conserveturtles to learn more about the danger of hawksbill turtles in the Caribbean,” she wrote in the caption. “We found and tagged two hawksbill turtles ('Splash' and 'Brownie') with satellite transmitters.”

She gave her friend a special message, writing: “And lastly, thank you @blakemoynes for bringing me on this trip of a lifetime! I don't think I've ever laughed so much with someone. You are a friend for life.”



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