Just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns began in 2020, Netflix gave us something new to occupy all of our newfound time indoors. The platform's original show Love Is Blind (which was filmed in 2018) brought single people from all over Atlanta together, but they could only "meet" via speed-dating rounds in pods. Without the ability to physically see those in the other pods, connections were forged based solely on emotional bonds.
By the time the pod portion of Season 1 concluded, six couples were engaged, including Mark Anthony Cuevas and Jessica Batten. Their 10-year age difference was just one of many problems that the two faced, and they later broke up at the altar.
When the cast reunited for the July 2021 three-episode special, Love Is Blind: After the Altar, Mark was not there.
In the special, Jessica and fellow alum Lauren "LC" Chamblin discussed during the show's anniversary party how they were both burned by Mark's lies, while Amber Pike defended him and said that he chose not to attend because he was being "supportive" of his baby mama.
Though the trainer-turned-reality-star may have missed out on the Love Is Blind anniversary festivities, he's given fans a glimpse into his life with his fiancée and baby mama, Aubrey Rainey, on social media.
Mark Anthony Cuevas from 'Love Is Blind' is currently engaged to his baby mama, Aubrey Rainey.
Though Jessica and LC were not interested in rekindling their past relationships with Mark during After the Altar, the latter woman did want answers about the timeline of his relationship with his current fiancée, Aubrey Rainey.
As LC explained during the anniversary party, she began dating Mark in the spring of 2020. At the time, she was under the impression that Mark was not seeing anyone else. She explained that she has asthma, and that she was especially worried about contracting COVID-19. She, therefore, didn't want to date someone who was with other women.
According to LC, Mark said that he was "not that kind of guy." She later learned that Mark met Aubrey Rainey in Atlanta in March 2020, right before the lockdowns began.
Mark and Aubrey discussed how their relationship began in a video on their YouTube page, "Catching Up With the Cuevas."
After their initial meeting, Mark said that he began communicating with Aubrey regularly a few weeks later. They met up again in Atlanta, and Mark later visited Aubrey in Cleveland, Ohio.
The two became an item, and they soon learned that they were expecting their first child together. While Aubrey was pregnant, Mark proposed. The couple announced their engagement in late November 2020.
Aubrey and Mark welcomed their son, Ace Anthony Cuevas, in April 2021.
Just over a year after the Love Is Blind star and his fiancé first met, the two became parents to a baby boy named Ace Anthony Cuevas. Their son made his debut on April 24, 2021.
"Blessed is an understatement," Mark wrote on Instagram about his baby's arrival. "After 19 hours of labor, Aubrey delivered our beautiful baby boy and words cannot describe all the emotions we've been feeling for the past 24 hrs. He's safe, healthy and has his mother's smile!"
The family is currently residing in Atlanta. Though Mark didn't make it back for the July 2021 reunion of the show that made him famous, it's clear that he has plenty going on in his personal life.
His life changes encouraged him to step away from the Netflix special.
"Don't believe everything you see on TV," Mark wrote on social media after the episodes debuted on Netflix, per E! News. "We didn't join the reunion for a myriad of reasons. We are focused on being the best parents we can for our son. I stand by what I've said in the past about those situations and have moved on from LIB. Thank you."
Aubrey and Mark announced in October 2021 that they are expecting a second child.
In October 2021, Mark and Aubrey announced that they are going to have another child. On the 22nd, he posted a series of pictures of her. Toward the end, you can see her baby bump. Then they shared photos that were taken for People. In the caption of one post, he says that the baby is due in March 2022.
In an Instagram post from Oct. 24, Aubrey said she was 18 weeks pregnant.
The couple told People they were "excited to continue growing [their] family and meeting [their] next baby Cuevas March 2022."
You can catch all episodes of Love Is Blind Season 1 and Love Is Blind: After the Altar on Netflix now.