Bachelor in Paradise’s Rodney Opens Up About Eliza and Justin Drama After Reunion: ‘Back and Forth’
Bachelor in Paradise couple Rodney Mathews and Eliza Isichei started out smooth in their romance but quickly ran into a major bump along the road during season 8. Justin Glaze hit the beach with eyes only for Eliza, and thus, a love triangle was formed. Now, fans are curious if Eliza and Mathew’s love survived or if she decided to pursue a relationship with Justin.
Keep reading to find out where Rodney and Eliza stand today after the drama with Justin. Caution: Season 8 reunion spoilers below!
Are Bachelor in Paradise’s Rodney and Eliza Still Together?
Rodney sent home fellow castmate Lace Morris in order to pursue a relationship with Eliza, telling her, “I didn’t want to lie to her, lead her on, any of that. It’s just like, this is where my heart’s at.”
However, Justin’s arrival shook up the beach. He asked Eliza on a date, and she went after getting upset with Rodney because she felt like he didn’t fight enough for her to stay. Eventually, she had to decide who to give her rose to during the ceremony, and she opted for Rodney.
The next day, she ended things with him, despite giving him a rose over Justin. She admitted her decision was “influenced” by the cast’s love for their costar, and she wanted to give things with Justin another try. Although she flew out to Maryland to ask for a second chance with Katie Thurston‘s former contestant, he turned her down because he wanted to be “chosen first” by a potential partner.
Outside of Paradise, Rodney and Eliza appear to follow one another on Instagram, seemingly indicating that they are on good terms after their split.
Following the reunion episode, Rodney spoke with Entertainment Tonight on November 23 about how shocked he was to find out that she had wanted him all along.
“It felt very back and forth,” he admitted. “I didn’t know what to do or what to make of that situation or that information,” Rodney said at the time. “To be honest with you, it was very difficult. I was once again speechless, confused. I didn’t really know what to say. It was a very tough situation.”
For her part, Eliza explained to the outlet her perspective on the situation.
“I was like, ‘It’s supposed to be you,’” she noted. “I was like, ‘I hope he’s down there.’ [And] there he was. I was like, ‘OK, this is the person I want to be with.’ I told him that, and I mean it. In the end, things didn’t work out with us, but … I mean that with my full heart.”
What Happens Between Rodney and Eliza During the ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Reunion?
Previews for the reunion show, which was filmed on November 4, Rodney explaining why it didn’t seem like he fought harder for Eliza.
“What I said to her was, ‘If you don’t know that it’s me, you should go on the date.’ Because I didn’t want to be a hypocrite,” Rodney said in the clip. “I didn’t want to be toxic or controlling, because that’s not me, that’s not my nature.”
It doesn’t seem like there is bad blood between the pair. Shortly after filming the dramatic reunion special, the duo appeared in the same snapshot together shared by Johnny DePhilippo via his Instagram Stories at a party that many Bachelor Nation stars attended on November 5.
What Happened Between Eliza and Justin?
While Eliza and Rodney seemed to have undeniable chemistry, Justin came in to profess his feelings for the marketing manager.
“From what I’ve seen from her and what I’ve heard about her, they’re all characteristics that I look for in somebody … when I caught wind of her potentially being here, I found my way back on the beach,” the former Bachelorette season 17 contestant told Jesse Palmer in the October 31 BiP episode. Later on, Justin had a chance to speak directly with Eliza, which is when he learned she felt the same way.
“I didn’t think I could, like, see anyone else coming down those steps that I’d be, like, interested in enough to talk to, but then you came,” the season 26 Bachelor star said.
After informing Rodney she wanted to go on a date with Justin, Eliza expressed that she wanted him to fight for her a little more.
“I kind of want you to tell me you don’t want me to go,” she said, to which the former football player responded, “I don’t want you to go, like, clearly, but that might be what’s best for you to truly gain clarity. … I want you to be happy, I’m not going anywhere.”
After spending time with Justin on their date, Eliza told Rodney she wasn’t sure about their relationship, informing him, “You really threw me off,” referring to his comfort level with her and Justin’s date.
When it was time to give out her rose, Eliza chose Rodney. She later admitted she “felt pressured to give him a rose.” As a result, Eliza and Rodney left the show single.