Blake Horstmann: ‘All Star Shore’ romance with Giannina Gibelli was a ‘nice surprise’

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It’s a “Shore” thing. 

Blake Horstmann exclusively told Page Six that finding romance with alum Giannina Gibelli while filming Paramount+’s “All Star Shore” was a “nice surprise. 

“Nothing was forced. That was one of the coolest things because I’ve been on some other shows where things aren’t necessarily forced but … you’re put in situations where they want a certain result,” the Bachelor Nation star, 33, said during a virtual junket for the new reality show.

“And for this, it was almost the opposite. It was like, ’Stop, get away from each other. This is a competition show.’ So that was pretty fun and it felt a lot more real and a lot more genuine, so I really enjoyed that.”

Horstmann — who previously competed for Becca Kufrin’s heart on “The Bachelorette” Season 14 and later emerged as a Casanova on “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 6 — admitted that he “was waiting for the other shoe to drop” during production. 

Blake Horstmann
“All Star Shore” stars Blake Horstmann and Giannina Gibelli discussed their road to romance with Page Six.
Page Six

“But it never did. So it was a nice surprise,” he said, gushing over Gibelli. “And she was a nice surprise and what we built throughout the show was a very nice surprise.”

The “Love Is Blind” alum — who stepped in and out of Horstmann’s Zoom frame during the presser, though they sat down for this interview in different rooms — seems equally smitten these days. 

Giannina Gibelli
“I think at the end, you’ll feel what we felt which was just a very genuine and very true thing,” Gibelli said.
Page Six

Gibelli told Page Six that she couldn’t resist Horstmann’s charms while shooting “All Star Shore” in the Canary Islands of Spain. 

“I definitely wasn’t expecting to find someone that I genuinely connected with and that I genuinely wanted to see every day … And then suddenly I have this gorgeous man in front of me,” she said. 

Gibelli suggested that intimate interactions during “risky games” only made her attraction to the Colorado-based DJ stronger. 

Blake Horstmann
Horstmann rose to fame on “The Bachelorette” Season 14 and “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 6.
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“I think at the end, you’ll feel what we felt which was just a very genuine and very true thing that you’ll have to tune in and watch,” she teased. 

For his part, Horstmann found it easier to form a connection with the social media specialist without the pressure of a looming engagement. 

“On ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette,’ getting engaged in two or three months or whatever it is, it is an added pressure. It really is,” he said. “They want to see it, the audience wants to see that. You think you’re ready at the time, but honestly most of the time you’re not. And so that pressure wasn’t here.”

Giannina Gibelli
Gibelli starred on Season 1 of Netflix’s “Love Is Blind.”

Horstmann added, “There wasn’t even pressure to find a girlfriend, so it was very refreshing and it was just so, so different.”

Page Six confirmed in January that the reality TV personalities were dating. By April, Horstmann and Gibelli went Instagram-official with their relationship. 

Gibelli posted a pic of herself posing with Horstmann during a European getaway via her Story. In the sweet snap, he could be seen wrapping his arms around her, while she slightly blocked his face with her hand.

Giannina Gibelli and Blake Horstmann pose for an Instagram photo together
The pair went Instagram-official with their romance in April.

The lovebirds star on “All Star Shore” alongside American and international personalities from seven different unscripted series.

“Jersey Shore” OG Angelina Pivarnick and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo are among the notable names who are participating.

The cast also includes Bethan Kershaw, James Tindale and Chloe Ferry of “Geordie Shore,” Joey Essex of “The Only Way Is Essex,” Johnny Middlebrooks and Trina Njoroge of “Love Island,” Karime Pindter and Luis “Potro” Caballero of “Acapulco Shore,” Marina Gregory of “The Circle: Brazil” and Ricardo Salusse of “Rio Shore.”

Poster for "All Star Shore"
“All Star Shore” premieres June 29 on Paramount+.
Gerardo Valido

“All Star Shore” — which Paramount+ calls the “first-of-its-kind party competition” — features wild challenges with names like “Party Pong” and “Shots and Found.”

The show will see the group vacation together, where they will battle it out for a cash prize and global bragging rights — and maybe even fall in love like Horstmann and Gibelli. 

“All Star Shore” premieres Wednesday, June 29, on Paramount+.

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