Romance with Giannina Gibelli was ‘nice surprise’

It’s a “coastal” thing.

Blake Horstmann told Vidak For Congress exclusively that finding a romance with alum Giannina Gibelli while filming Paramount+’s “All Star Shore” was a “nice surprise.

“Nothing was forced. That was one of the coolest things because I’ve been on some other shows where things aren’t necessarily forced, but… you’re put in situations where they want a certain result,” the Bachelor Nation star, 33, said during a virtual junket for the new reality show.

“And before that, it was almost the opposite. It was like, ‘Stop, get away from each other. This is a competition show.’ So that was kind of fun and it felt a lot more real and a lot more authentic, so I really enjoyed it.”

Horstmann — who previously competed for Becca Kufrin’s heart in season 14 of “The Bachelorette” and later emerged as a Casanova in season 6 of “Bachelor in Paradise” — admitted he was “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” during production.

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“All Star Shore” stars Blake Horstmann and Giannina Gibelli discussed their path to romance with Vidak For Congress.

“But it never happened. So it was a nice surprise,” he said, gushing over Gibelli. “And she was a nice surprise and what we built on the show was a really nice surprise.”

The “Love Is Blind” alum – who stepped in and out of Horstmann’s Zoom frame during the pressing, although they sat down in different rooms for this interview – seems a bit beat up these days.

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“I think at the end you’ll feel what we felt, which was just very real and very true,” Gibelli said.

Gibelli told Vidak For Congress that she couldn’t resist Horstmann’s charms while filming “All Star Shore” in Spain’s Canary Islands.

“I definitely didn’t expect to find someone I really bonded with and really wanted to see every day… And then suddenly I have this beautiful man in front of me,” she said.

Gibelli suggested that intimate interactions during “risky games” only strengthened her appeal for the Colorado-based DJ.

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Horstmann rose to fame in “The Bachelorette” season 14 and “Bachelor in Paradise” season 6.
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“I think at the end you’re going to feel what we felt, which was just very real and very true, which you have to tune in and watch,” she teased.

Horstmann, for his part, found it easier to connect with the social media specialist without the pressure of an impending engagement.

“On ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’, getting engaged in two or three months or whatever it is, it’s an extra push. It really is,” he said. “They want to see it, the public wants to see it. You think you’re ready at that point, but frankly, you usually aren’t. So there wasn’t that pressure. ”

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Gibelli starred in season 1 of Netflix’s ‘Love Is Blind’.
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Horstmann added: “There wasn’t even any pressure to find a girlfriend, so it was very refreshing and it was just so, so different.”

Vidak For Congress confirmed in January that the reality TV personalities were dating. In April, Horstmann and Gibelli went Instagram official with their relationship.

Gibelli posted a photo of herself posing with Horstmann during a European outing via her Story. The sweet click showed him wrapping his arms around her, slightly blocking his face with her hand.

Giannina Gibelli and Blake Horstmann pose together for an Instagram photo
The couple went Instagram official with their romance in April.

The lovebirds star in “All Star Shore” alongside American and international personalities from seven different unscripted series.

“Jersey Shore” OG Angelina Pivarnick and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo are among the notable names taking part.

The cast also includes Bethan Kershaw, James Tindale and Chloe Ferry of “Geordie Shore”, Joey Essex of “The Only Way Is Essex”, Johnny Middlebrooks and Trina Njoroge of “Love Island”, Karime Pindter and Luis “Potro” Caballero of “Acapulco Shore,” Marina Gregory of “The Circle: Brazil,” and Ricardo Salusse of “Rio Shore.”

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“All Star Shore” premieres June 29 on Paramount+.
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“All Star Shore” – called the “first of its kind party competition” by Paramount+ – offers wild challenges with names like “Party Pong” and “Shots and Found”.

The show will see the group vacation together, where they’ll compete for a cash prize and worldwide bragging rights — and maybe even fall in love like Horstmann and Gibelli.

“All Star Shore” premieres Wednesday, June 29 on Paramount+.

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