New couple alert? Too Hot to Handle star Francesca Farago and Love Is Blind’s Damian Powers are sparking some serious dating rumors after being photographed getting cozy outside of E.P. & L.P. restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 25.
The popular reality TV personalities were spotted walking arm in arm as they enjoyed a night out together. Of course, Francesa and Damian’s public outing has fans wondering if he and his Love Is Blind girlfriend, Giannina Gibelli, called it quits.
But shortly after the photos were released, Damian denied anything romantic was going on between him and Francesa in a statement to E! News. He explained that he had spent the last week in L.A. to meet with his attorney, who also represents Francesa. The attorney arranged for Damian and Francesca to go out with him and a group of friends.
“We all planned to leave the Eveleigh together in the same car. Francesca, Alex, Mitchell and Raiane all exited through a side entrance, while I exited through the main entrance of the Eveleigh,” he explained, adding that there was a group of paparazzi outside as they were leaving. “Francesca grabbed onto me in an attempt to shield herself from the paparazzi as our entire group entered the car. Francesca and I are not dating or romantically involved but remain friends.”
Even though it’s been over a month since Damian, 27, has posted about his former fiancée, it seems they’re still going strong. “Good times, Great friends! Hope y’all are well!” he captioned a group photo with Giannina, 27, on July 14.
For her part, Giannina shared a sweet selfie of the pair on July 31. “Doing life with you,” she wrote, along with a yellow heart emoji. Beyond the couple going MIA on social media, their relationship has always been a bit rocky … at best. During the series finale of Love Is Blind, Damian and Giannina nearly got married before the businessman got cold feet.
After the series aired on Netflix, the couple reunited and appeared to be stronger than ever. “I love his family. They’re so, so sweet. We actually spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together right after we wrapped filming,” Giannina previously told Life & Style.
“My family adores him! No hard feelings there,” she continued, referring to their not-so-fairytale wedding. “He and my dad have inside jokes. It’s amazing to see!”
Francesca, 26, on the other hand, had a much different experience with her reality TV sweetheart. The Canada native dated her Too Hot to Handle costar Harry Jowsey after the show ended. However, the attractive duo called it quits in July. Harry, 22, released a YouTube video detailing his decision to break up with Francesca.
Days later, she responded with a clip of her own. “I genuinely thought we were going through a rocky period and that we were going to figure it out,” the model explained. “I thought we were going to end up together. I thought we were going to get married.”
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