Jessica Batten, born on June 26, 1984, is an actress, model, and reality star known for appearing in the Netflix series “Love is Blind.” Batten’s honesty and transparency have endeared her to thousands. Let’s take a look at the life of this budding actress.
June 26, 1984
Jessica Batten was born on June 26, 1984, in Rockville, Illinois, to Jeff and Julie Batten. She has two siblings. Batten was best friends with her brother Jeffrey while growing up. She went to 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 I.B.M. 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. Upon entering the show, Batten was “matched” with Mark Cuevas. However, when she actually met the man who was her supposed-to-be, she found him less and more than what she wanted. 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 ditching 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 mind 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.
Jessica requested her audience not to believe everything the media broadcasts in response to a question about her past life controversy. She wants her fans to believe what she has to say, not what is said about her.
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 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 fell into a love triangle
Batten fell in love with Barnett while in a relationship with Cuevas, which angered fans.
She is secretive
Batten never lets the media get an inkling about her personal life or family, except for what she chooses to share.
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 married Jessica Batten?
Batten married Benjamin McGrath in September 2022 after a year of engagement. She is the stepmother to his two kids.
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