Joel Beerwerth is looking forward to dating Bella Barbaro after meeting on Love Island USA – even after finding out about her secret hotel affair with Chazz Bryant.
“Her hotel kiss with Chazz hasn’t been discussed yet,” Birwerth exclusively tells Page Six, admitting he had no idea about the couple’s relationship after the show. — I don’t know about it.
However, Birwerth is unfazed by this, noting that he briefly explored the connection with Barbaro’s best friend, Phoebe Siegel, at the villa when the singer-songwriter shared a meaningless kiss with Bryant off-screen.
“At the end of the day, I feel like we’re friends,” Barbaro previously told Page Six of Bryant, insisting any attraction to him faded quickly.
“I was kissing Phoebe at the same time, so it doesn’t really matter. She deserves to explore her options the way I studied mine,” Birwerth tells us. “Again, this is just confirmation to me, and also to her, that our feelings for each other were real.”
The reality star continues, “She had that kiss with Chazz and she didn’t really feel for him. I had a kiss with Phoebe, I didn’t feel much for her. It’s simple… The Universe tells us that we should strive for this and go for it.
Birwerth and Barbaro, who light up when they talk about each other in interviews, definitely go for it. After reuniting at the newly taped ‘Love Island USA’ Season 4 reunion, the duo plans to meet up on the East Coast where they live just hours apart.
“She just got to Long Island,” enthuses the Massachusetts native. “I can get there in probably three hours, three and a half hours. So I can go there for the weekend, she can come and see me. All the stars aligned for us.”
Birwerth notes that he and Barbaro are currently dating “for marriage” – and hopes his New York girlfriend is open to the idea of moving out one day.
“I have many connections with Massachusetts. So hopefully I can convince her to come with me to Massachusetts and move in,” says the burly welder who owns a home and is willing to take over his father’s Bay State business.
“But we are going to take it step by step. Nothing is in a hurry. I don’t have any specific timeline. I’m just going to go with the flow and when the time is right, the time is right. If that doesn’t work, it’s okay,” he explains.
“But I’m very excited to see if we can do something.”
Dating on their own terms feels like “a relief,” Birwerth tells Page Six after his relationship with Barbaro ended in a heartbreaking breakup ceremony that left both islanders in tears.
“It’s such a deep, emotional connection, and I think it’s because we’re both so sincere and real. For every question I asked her about her future and what she was looking for in a partner, I felt like I could give her all of that,” says the part-time model and actor, beaming.
“I am honored that she wants to be with me at all. It’s such a great feeling.”
The ‘Love Island USA’ Season 4 reunion is available to stream Thursday, September 1st at 9pm ET on Peacock.