Warning: SPOILERS for Season 2 of The Circle are below.
The contestants on The Circle are all hoping to walk away from the show with the $100,000 prize, but since only one person can be the victor, a romantic connection is a nice consolation.
Following the conclusion of Season 2 of the hit Netflix reality competition, fans are hopeful that Chloe Veitch and Mitchell Eason will turn their virtual bond from the show into an actual relationship.
Though The Circle is all about deception, the competitors and the viewers are often looking for something real.
Are Mitchell and Chloe dating? The two have shared where things stand between them after the show.
Are 'The Circle' stars Chloe and Mitchell dating?
Instagram model Chloe, who originally appeared on another Netflix series, Too Hot to Handle, was the only Brit to be featured in the Season 2 cast. She originally formed a bond with fellow competitor Trevor St. Agathe, which lasted throughout the entirety of the season. In the finale episode, Chloe learned that Trevor was actually a catfish created by DeLeesa St. Agathe (who used photos of her real-life husband).
Chloe wasn't deterred for long by the realization that Trevor wasn't who she thought he was.
She had also been flirting with Mitchell, a 22-year-old health insurance agent from Florida.
Once they both found out that Trevor was a catfish, they were able to be more open about their feelings for one another. Months after filming wrapped in the fall of 2020, Chloe told Cosmopolitan that she has talked to Mitchell about having a romantic relationship.
She also revealed that the two even kissed during an unaired finale moment.
"We speak all the time, and the conversations we have aren't just normal conversations — they're about the future, and we talk about me going to L.A. to see him," Chloe said. "We shared a kiss just after the cameras were turned off at the finale. Because of the distance, it hasn’t got a label. But we get on really, really well and it is romantic. It's not just a friendship, but we'll see."
She told Bustle that she was planning to visit Mitchell in the U.S. in June of 2021.
Both Chloe and Mitchell are optimistic about their future together, and he also made it clear that they are not an official couple.
"Are me and Chloe dating? Let's start there. No," Mitchell said in a YouTube Q&A posted on May 5. "Officially, long story short, we are not dating. But, me and Chloe have such a great relationship right now. We had the start of something, getting flirty, on the show... and I think she's an absolutely beautiful girl inside and out, from head to toe."
Mitchell did say that he "love[d] Chloe to death," and that they were "still talking almost every day." For now, they are "still friends" because of the distance between them.
Fans will have to stay tuned to find out if their relationship will become more serious in the future.
Who won 'The Circle' Season 2?
Though Chloe may have walked away from the show with a strong connection to Mitchell, she narrowly missed out on the $100,000 prize.
Catfishing expert DeLeesa St. Agathe won The Circle after impersonating her real-life husband, Trevor, throughout the entire season. During the show, she often spoke about how she wanted to win the prize money to provide a better life for her husband and their young daughter.
Chloe came in second place, and she has since turned her flirtation with Trevor into a real friendship with DeLeesa.
The two are still in touch mainly via phone calls, Facetimes, and texts, because Chloe is based in the U.K., while DeLeesa lives in New York.
Since Chloe felt a physical connection to DeLeesa's husband's photos, it could have become an awkward situation for the three after the show.
Instead, DeLeesa is looking forward to the day when Trevor and Chloe can actually see one another in person.
"I can't wait till they meet in real life," DeLeesa told People.
Many fans are in agreement.
The Circle Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now.