Love Is Blind season 3’s Bartise Bowden dropped the news that he had a child out of the blue, and he’s now explaining the timeline after confusion arose. Immediately following his failed engagement to Nancy Rodriguez, Bartise was invited to join Netflix’s dating challenge show, Perfect Match. He was labeled a villain of Love Is Blind season 3, and although not the most hated cast member on Perfect Match (he can thank Francesca Farago for that), he wasn’t well-liked in his second attempt either. Less than two months after the release of his latest reality dating show venture, Bartise revealed he had a son named Aiden–and he wasn’t a newborn.
Love Is Blind’s Bartise Bowden finally clarified the timeline of events nearly two months after sharing the unexpected news about his child. On the Talk’R podcast, Bartise told the host that his son was conceived after he filmed Perfect Match. He is aware that “how it plays out on camera doesn’t make any sense,” which is why he didn’t share the expectancy or birth of Aiden.
Not only would it confuse viewers, but Bartise added that he didn’t want to subject Aiden’s mother, Olivia Gross, to unwanted media attention either. “There’s a difference between privacy and secrecy,” the reality star said when explaining the issue people took with his decision to conceal personal matters.
Love Is Blind’s Bartise Bowden Co-Parents With Son’s Mother
After addressing the big question mark of how he filmed two dating shows and conceived a child within such a short timeframe, Bartise shared with Talk’R how he has been navigating parenthood. “I’m so proud of the relationship we all have, the three of us together,” the Love Is Blind alum said of the mother and their son. Bartise and Aiden’s mother are not dating, but they do have what he called a “beautiful” co-parenting relationship. The reality star described their arrangement as the best of both worlds, saying, “We are very involved together and separately.” He seemed proud when recounting his closeness with her and their ability to parent together.
It’s not easy for reality TV stars to be thrown into social media fame following the release of their show, and for Bartise, that was maximized by the close filming of two shows. Keeping his son private until after Perfect Match aired made the most sense for himself, more importantly because that is what he wanted but also for the sake of the show’s storyline. It is also widely assumed that Bartise may not have known about Aiden initially, since he and the mother are not romantically involved. It’s also not uncommon for those with a platform like Bartise to sit with life-changing news before publicizing it.
Bartise provided the clarification that many baffled fans have been waiting for: his son was conceived after he filmed Perfect Match. Whether the rumors about the delay in sharing after Aiden was born are true are irrelevant now that Bartise explained it himself. Had he shared he became a father at the time that he actually did, the result of both shows would have been ruined. Bartise has had quite the adventurous trips around the sun since Love Is Blind, which will all lead to wherever he’s headed next (unlikely to be another dating show, but it’s not off the table).