Let’s talk about Ali and Roberto as a couple. Look, I don’t wish ill will on anyone. Never have. I don’t know either of them. All season it was apparent I was on Team Ali. Have always liked her. Roberto? Just because I used to make fun of him doesn’t mean I think the guy is a complete douchebag. I just know inevitably I’m going to be asked, “Do you think they’ll get married?” My answer is “No”. Why? Because people from this show rarely do. This is not a normal way to meet someone. And I know Ali and Roberto said all the right things on the ATFR last night and all the hopeless romantics love the way he looks at her, and touches her, and kisses her, etc. I say it every season, and I’ll say it again: The final couples journey doesn’t end until they either break up or they walk down the aisle. Just because they’re engaged and we saw them happy as clams last night means absolutely nothing. You know why I know this? Because we’ve seen it all before one too many times:
DeAnna and Jesse: How many times did DeAnna tell us “I’m in love with this man?” They were so happy and in love on the ATFR show, they started their own blog updating everyone every day on what they had for breakfast and where they were going – and in six months they were done and now can’t stand each other.
Jason and Melissa: In New Zealand at the final rose ceremony, these two couldn’t have been happier. She’s screaming like a school girl jumping up and down, he picks her up, spins her around, they constantly keep telling each other how in love they are, they jump into an infinity pool with Ty – and within two months the guy likes someone else.
Jake and Vienna: Tells her how madly in love with her he is at the final rose ceremony, endured months of his fiancé being crucified in the media, and the first chance they are publicly together (four months ago on the ATFR show), Jake sat there and defended her honor and said she didn’t deserve what the tabloids were saying, he’s head over heels in love with her, and that he couldn’t wait to be married to her someday. Three months later, they’re on TV about to kill each other.
I could keep going further back, but you get my point. These were just the most recent. People might say, “Why can’t you be happy for them? They’re in love.” Great. Right now they are. So were all the other ones at the same exact time in their journey and they crashed and burned badly. You can be happy as you want for them, but to say you know they will last because of what you say on the ATFR show last night is a giant leap. I will never put much stock into what I see on the ATFR show. It’s their first time publicly together as a couple – of course they’re gonna act like that. If they didn’t, then you’d REALLY need to be concerned. They look happy, they’re engaged, all is fine and well. But lets remember, they’ve yet to be out in public once until yesterday and their normal relationship hasn’t even started yet.
A question I get asked a lot is “How do they see each other while the show is airing?” Ali and Roberto referenced it last night that they saw each other every other weekend for about 4 or 5 days each time. Here’s how it happens:
-Roberto is flown in from South Carolina, picked up at the airport by a handler, and driven to a “safe house”. Somewhere in the hills of LA. Same is done for Ali. Obviously, they don’t meet at the airport and go together because that would give it away.
-Once they get to the safe house, they can NEVER leave. For ANYTHING. All you can do is spend the whole weekend together, eat, watch TV, play board games, and as Ali said, come up with “silly handshakes”. She left one thing out: have sex like monkeys. I mean, if you can’t leave a house for days with someone you’re engaged to, I’m guessing they’re knocking the stuffing out of each other on an hourly basis.
-The only time you can go outside is in the backyard, where there is a pool.
-All food and stuff is brought to you by a handler. At no point, are you ever to step outside, even to go for a walk together. The pool in the backyard is the extent of your outside time, but I heard it’s very secluded and there’s no way people could see you unless they spied (Hey, message board losers, there’s a new project for you).
-Once the weekend is over, Ali is picked up by a separate car and leaves. Roberto is picked up by a separate and leaves, and they don’t see each other until it’s done again, where the process is repeated.
So the biggest question I have is: In the last two months, is there not a single person that was on a flight from Charleston, South Carolina to LA (or Burbank) that ever noticed Roberto? That’s the one thing I’m not completely sure of is that if they fly them commercial. Ali flying in and out of LA wouldn’t be a big deal because people would expect her to be there. But Roberto? How has no one seen this guy getting off a plane in California over multiple weekends over the last two months? Very bizarre. Maybe they changed it up and he flew privately, so in that case, no one would have seen him? But I guess he’s got friends who can keep a secret in South Carolina considering I think they’d know if their buddy was flying to California every other weekend for four days over the last two months. Geez. Thanks for the help, friends of Roberto.