Love is Blind season 3 star Bartis Bowden reflected on his arc on the dating show during an Instagram Q&A session recently. When asked if he considered himself the “villain” of the season, Bartis accepted the label.
“Absolutely, 100 percent, definitely the villain,” Bartis said in response, according to ET Online.
The 27-year-old went on to say that he looked like a “dumb” during Season 3, which saw him propose to Nancy Rodriguez in pods only to leave her at the altar during the season finale.
“I sounded arrogant. I sounded insensitive. I sounded selfish. That’s what it is. I can only learn from it. I can only grow from it,” Partis said during a question-and-answer session on Monday. “Watching it again was a blessing for me because when I was browsing through it I didn’t have any of those feelings and now I feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
Barthes concluded, pointing to himself, “This is the villain here.”
Bartis also revealed that after watching the show again, he realized he spoke “very awfully,” and decided to be a little quieter while filming the season 3 reunion episode, which recently aired on Netflix.
“At the reunion when we were filming it, I was like, ‘I’m not saying pretend.’ I had a lot to say, but I bit my tongue. I think learning and growth,” Bowden said, via ET Online.
Bartis communicates with two women in the pods without ever seeing them face to face—33-year-old Nancy, a speech pathologist, and Raven Ross, a 29-year-old Pilates instructor. After Raven turns down (who had mutually rejected Bartise before getting engaged to fellow co-star Sikiru “SK” Alagbada), Bartise proposes to Nancy, who accepts.
However, the real world presented many important challenges for Bartis and Nancy. Bartis frequently praised Raven’s physical appearance in front of Nancy, and also took issue with the 33-year-old’s stance on abortion, among other controversies.
During the third-season finale “Love Is Blind”, Barthez eventually says “no” to Nancy at the altar, and they later break up.