Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 is feeling loads like deja vu to contestant Joe Amabile. The 35-year-old finance guy-turned-grocery retailer supervisor (therefore his well-known nickname, “Grocery Store Joe”) is on his second go-round on the seaside following his BiP Season 5 stint—and regardless of the early connection he’s established on Season 7 with Serena P., it appears he simply can’t shake one very vital ghost from his romantic previous: ex Kendall Long, who he met on BiP Season 5 and who simply popped up once more on Season 7.
— Bachelor in Paradise (@BachParadise) September 7, 2021
Kendall confirmed up on the seaside on the very finish of BiP‘s Aug. 31 episode—and let it be known that she still had feelings for Joe and was there to see about winning him back. In fact, Kendall even confessed that her worst fear would be to see Joe holding hands with another woman.
— Bachelor in Paradise (@BachParadise) September 1, 2021
So what precisely occurred the primary time round between Bachelor in Paradise loves Joe and Kendall? In case you’re fuzzy on the small print about their shared historical past, right here’s a refresher on Joe Amabile and Kendall Long’s relationship.
When did Joe Amabile and Kendall Long meet?
The two first met on Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, which filmed in the course of the summer time of 2018 and aired that September. Amabile, who’s initially from Chicago, had beforehand appeared on Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette, where he was eliminated in Week 1, while Kendall (a 31-year-old creative director who hails from Santa Clarita, California) got eliminated from Season 22 of The Bachelor (which starred Arie Luyendyk Jr.) in Week 9.
How long did Joe Amabile and Kendall Long date?
The first time around—that is, while on BiP Season 5 in 2018—they didn’t date lengthy, though they did develop mutual emotions. The couple parted methods earlier than leaving the seaside that season, solely to fortunately announce that they’d reunited in the course of the BiP Season 5 reunion present. From then on, they gave the impression to be blissfully in love.
The relationship appeared constructed for the lengthy haul at that time, however lasted till someday round January 2020.
Did Joe Amabile and Kendall Long reside collectively?
Yes. They revealed in April 2019 that they’d signed a lease on an condo in L.A.—and even received a canine collectively!
Did Joe Amabile and Kendall Long get engaged?
The details are fuzzy. Joe had talked publicly about popping the question, reportedly telling Hollywood Life in September 2019 that a proposal “could come any day.”
Kendall also talked about wanting it to happen. “If anyone knows me, I’m not the individual that plans my marriage ceremony and I used to be actually doing that with Joe,” Long revealed a month after her cut up from Joe on her Down to Date podcast. “But something weird about ending something with some that you thought you were going to marry [is] you almost feel like you have such a better idea of what you’re looking for.” She likewise told a commenter on Instagram after their breakup, “I loved him enough to see a marriage and a future.”
And on the BiP Twitter account, an Aug. 31 tweet touting Kendall’s impending arrival on the seaside in Season 7 calls her an “ex-fiancée.”
— Bachelor in Paradise (@BachParadise) August 31, 2021
However, there doesn’t appear to be any proof on-line that Joe ever wound up proposing to Kendall.
Why did Joe Amabile and Kendall Long break up?
“We have decided mutually to go our separate ways. Joe has made the decision to move back to Chicago while Kendall will be remaining in her hometown of Los Angeles,” the duo shared in a press release to BachelorNation.com dated January 28, 2020. “Our family and friends have always been an extremely important element to who we are as people. We can’t imagine continuing our lives without them closer, especially when thinking of starting a family of our own one day. We both respect each others’ decision and still have a great deal of love for each other. We appreciate all the love and support everyone has given us throughout our relationship.”
Kendall added on Down to Date, “I did not see it coming. Every relationship has issues but I feel like—with Joe and I—we were best friends. Everything was fun, we were getting a dog together. We had just moved in… Ultimately what happened was that Joe felt like he would have a better [life] in Chicago.”