An extreme environment infested by creepy insects, with a gruesome climate and scarce food, is the least ideal set up for a steamy hot date.
When creators conceptualized Naked and Afraid, a reality show where one man and woman survive the wilderness together (NAKED), it must have crossed their minds that the idea that love could brew in such circumstances was hopeless.
Twelve seasons in, and there is proof that the unconventional show can facilitate love connections.
The latest season of Naked and Afraid will see your all-star favorites have a second chance to not only receive the title as a legendary, PSR-scoring bush outlander but also score a hookup or a lifelong relationship.
As we gear up for the all-new Naked and Afraid XL, which will premiere on the 25th of April on the Discovery channel – here are the five times survivalist relationships blossomed or at least tried to.
Star Torres and Tony Wheeler: A relationship blueprint
Season five Star Torres and Tony Wheeler left viewers stunned after being the first-ever couple to get engaged on the show. How did this happen, you ask? Well, the two already came into the season as a couple.
Typically, we thought the butt-naked terror would cause a perfect storm in their relationship; however, it only seemed to make it stronger.
Their stay in the muddy jungle revealed the couple’s ability to read each other’s minds and withstand uncomfortable situations. Indeed, Tony knew a woman displaying such interrelatedness needed a ring.
Their smitten lives continued after the reality show.
Here is their last post as a couple on Instagram, and we sure do hope they are still going strong.
Steve and Ava risk it all for love
Steven and Ava appeared in season 9 of the reality show and sure did cause waves with the bond they formed.
Firstly, in a show where many contestants state being disgusted to have any sexual contact, the two were not afraid to display a love scene or two on camera. And then.
Steven hatched up a plan to steal food from a nearby medical camp as he could not bear to see Ava deteriorate from malnutrition.
Steven said in his episode that,” Our bond is strong, I thought about it last night, if she were not able to stay, I would miss her” Arguably a meaningful love connection.
The two partners in crime eventually left the show after been disqualified for stealing the food, however to date, rumor has it that the two were disqualified for having sexual engagements.
Gemma and James: A success story
James and Gemma, who appeared on Naked and Afraid season 6, admitted to having sex shortly after meeting each other on the reality show. And lucky for them, their hookup turned into several years of a healthy relationship.
According to Bustle, broadcasters pointed out their gushy relationship when asked to comment on the show’s success rate.
Gemma first met James at the couple selection segment – to which she admits James was the fairest nude of them all.
The twos stay in the jungle can be described as whimsical with a few curveballs (which we blame the gruesome conditions they had to brew their love).
Following their season, the reality stars are still together and are considering marriage reported The Sun.
Wes and Leah: Love at first sight
No one can forget Wes andLeah’ss instant attraction, easily notable in their smiles and glimmering eye contact – when they first met at the jungle in season nine.
Leah admitted to not confiding in Wes about her jungle love idea but told viewers she saw one coming. Eventually, their mutual desire to hook up gave viewers the impression that there was hope for love in the show despite unfavorable conditions.
Matt and Brooke Wright prove the show can be for married couples.
What about testing the true depths of love by bringing in a married couple to do the show? Season 10 did just that by bringing in husband and wife, Matt and Brooke Wright.
After years of going solo to the Naked and Afraid challenges, Matts’ss wife Brooke finally got mesmerized enough by his captivating stories to join the Naked and Afraid extravaganza.
The disappointing part, however, is that they did not get placed together. The good news is that spending plenty of time with a naked stranger did not negatively impact their marriage.
If Naked and Afraid is meant to test one’s primitive survival skills or to help a stranger find love, one thing is sure: even a deadly snake or getting too many bug bites cannot stop a love connection!
Interested in participating in the show? Here is how you can apply.