A tense reunion. Izzy Goodkind faced off with Vinny Ventiera on After Paradise on Tuesday, August 23, after viewers saw her dump him for newcomer Brett Melnick on Bachelor in Paradise. The former couple reunited for the first time and revealed that they haven’t spoken since the show.
Ventiera decided to leave Mexico after Goodkind explained that she was attracted to Melnick and wanted to pursue other relationships. Their other costars were shocked because they had been one of the “strongest couples” since the beginning of season 3.
Goodkind began by explaining her side of the story, saying she didn’t intend to break his heart. “I had an amazing relationship with Vinny, and it was 100 percent real. In the short time that we were there, though, I felt this overwhelming sense of doubt and insecurity, not only [about] myself but with my relationship with Vinny,” she said. “I wasn’t able to express those things to him in the time that I hoped, and then when Brett walked in, it seemed as if it was solely my physical attraction with him that led me to the decision that I did, and unfortunately there was more to that, but I didn’t get to express those things.”
She went on to say that Ventiera had been hesitant to open up to her and have important conversations to progress their relationship. “We hit it off the first night. We were very physically, sexually attracted to each other,” she said. “But we didn’t really ever have certain conversations about our family life, our home life, growing up, those sorts of things, which I think are a great foundation to any relationship. That was something we had been missing.”
The graphic designer also said she regrets the way she handled the situation. “I want to apologize immensely from the bottom of my heart. I never intended to hurt you,” she said. “You’re an amazing man.”
Ventiera responded by saying “of course” he accepts her apology. “I have to appreciate that she did tell me sooner than later, and I forgive Izzy,” he said.
But it doesn’t look like there’s much hope for the pair getting back together. “Izzy’s a great person. We got along great, but the way that she handled that situation — what’s stopping something like that from happening in the future?” Ventiera said. “I don’t want someone to walk by, catch her interest and all of a sudden, she wants to be with him.”