Jessica Batten, born on June 26, 1984, is an actress, model, and reality star. She gained recognition for her appearance on the popular reality dating show “Love Is Blind.” During her time on the show, she was known for her outgoing personality, which made her a memorable figure. Her journey on the series involved several dramatic twists, including her complicated love triangle with other contestants, which garnered the viewers’ attention. Beyond her reality T.V. stardom, she leads a private life, and only makes occasional media appearances.
Jessica Batten was born on June 26, 1984, in Rockville, Illinois, to Jeff and Julie Batten. She has two siblings and was best friends with her brother, Jeffrey, while growing up. She attended high school in Rockville and graduated with a degree in technology from Illinois State University. After graduating, Batten dabbled in modeling, booking a few modeling jobs every year. At the same time, she began working at Box as an IBM Alliance Sales Manager.
In 2020, Batten was cast in Netflix’s “Love Is Blind,” a reality T.V. show that helped people from all walks of life find love. She was “matched” with Mark Cuevas, and initially felt optimistic about the relationship. At the same time, Matt Barnett, another contestant, caught her eye, but he didn’t seem to mirror her feelings. So, when Cuevas asked her to marry him, she agreed, trying to make the most of the situation. But her actions inevitably backfired when her fiance realized she was interested in Barnett instead of him.
After leaving Cuevas on the altar at the end of the season finale, Batten reentered the modeling industry with the winds of popularity at her back. She was inundated with modeling offers the year after leaving “Love Is Blind.” However, instead of capitalizing on the opportunities, Batten was promoted at her company, becoming a regional channel manager in Atlanta. She became engaged to Benjamin McGrath in 2021. The couple tied the knot at Santa Barbara Courthouse on September 24, 2022.
Batten graduates from the University of Illinois with a technology degree.
Batten works as a model for several brands after graduating.
Batten gets promoted to a regional management position at Box.
Batten makes her T.V. debut on the Netflix show.
Why We Love Jessica Batten
She follows her heart
Batten believes she should trust what her heart is telling her. If she feels that something isn’t right, she won’t do it. She did that when she declined Cuevas’ proposal on the altar.
Her captivating personality
Batten displays an outgoing and lively personality. This endeared her to viewers and she made for a captivating presence on the show.
Before being cast in “Love Is Blind,” Batten was a killer manager at Box, doing whatever she needed to get results. And after leaving the show, she excelled at her job once again.
5 Surprising Facts
She almost left “Love Is Blind”
Batten almost quit the reality show because she wasn’t sure she could handle the public pressure.
She's a wine enthusiast
She is known for her love of wine and frequently enjoyed a glass or two on the show.
The age difference
She was often criticized for her relationship with Cuevas because of the 10-year age difference — was 34 at the time and he was 24.
She was accused of being unfair
Because Batten let her engagement with Cuevas run its course, fans accused her of being indecisive and immature.
She loves her dog
Batten loves her dog so much that she decided to quit a T.V. show because her dog was sick.
Jessica Batten FAQs
Would Jessica Batten ever do a reality show again?
Batten says she would never participate in a romantic reality program, but an athletic reality show like “Dancing with the Stars” or “The Amazing Race” would be right up her alley.
What’s Jessica Batten’s untold story?
Batten believes she was depicted as a villain on “Love Is Island” because, when she made the surprising announcement that she would not continue her relationship with Cuevas, her boyfriend’s reaction surprised and hurt her too.
Who did Jessica Batten marry?
Batten married Benjamin McGrath in September 2022 after a year of engagement. She is the stepmother to his two kids.
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