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Every couple that comes to “Temptation Island” ultimately has to make one of three choices: They can leave alone, leave with someone they met on the island, or leave with the person they arrived with.
Although the structure of the show seems designed to make people in already troubled relationships finally decide to move on from their significant other, a handful of participants have resisted temptation and ultimately decided to love the one they’re with.
However, just because they leave and cameras stop rolling doesn’t mean that their love stories are over. Let's circle back to the couples who have left “Temptation Island” together and find out where they ended up years later.
Javen Butler and Shari Ligons
One of the most notable couples to leave the island as a pair in Season 1 were high school sweethearts Javen and Shari. They came to the island to see if the bond they’ve had since childhood would be enough to carry them through the rest of their lives.
Before coming on the show, they faced some difficulties, with Javen having cheated on Shari in the past. However, he clearly learned his lesson and managed to resist the allure of the single ladies in his villa. At the final bonfire, the duo was overjoyed to be reunited and he took that moment to get down on one knee and pop the question.
She said yes, and when the show caught up with them six months later, they were in the midst of planning their lavish wedding. However, when they returned for the Season 2 reunion, they revealed that, although they were still engaged, they hit pause on wedding planning. Still, it didn’t seem like there was any strife between them. They even launched a podcast titled “Shari & Javen,” where they discuss pop culture, their relationship and, of course, “Temptation Island.”
In 2020, their followers on social media speculated that they’d called off their engagement when the podcast took a hiatus and single Justin Sturm claimed he and Shari hooked up on the island but managed to avoid getting caught by the cameras. Javen seemed to confirm this rumor when he called her a cheater on Twitter, according to “TheCheatSheet.”
She took to social media to seemingly imply they split up, but that was either not the case or they’ve since worked things out. As recently as April 11, they released another episode of their podcast to discuss a trip they took to Yosemite.
Rick Fleur and Ashley Goldson
Ashley and Rick didn’t exactly have the most romantic love story on “Temptation Island.” He almost immediately upset her when he declared in front of everyone that he would not “handcuff her” if she wanted to explore a romantic connection with another person. While he thought that was the whole point of coming on “Temptation Island,” she felt it was too dismissive of their relationship.
This hurt led Ashley to have sex with Kalaan Brown on the first night, which was a hard blow for Rick. Still, he didn’t immediately stray. Instead, he kept things very respectful but eventually allowed himself to pursue things with Medinah Ali.
When the time came for the final bonfire, Rick and Ashley were not in a good place and clearly had a lot to work through. However, in their conversation with host Mark L. Walberg, they came to the conclusion that there was still a lot of love between them and they made the surprising decision to leave the island together.
Unfortunately, it was short-lived. By the reunion, they had split up once again and he said he was open to exploring things with Medinah. Rick and Medinah even shared a quick kiss at the reunion.
Today, it seems like Rick and Ashley are both single.
Chelsea Orcutt and Thomas Gipson
After they both shared extremely intimate connections with other singles on the island, many who tuned into Season 3 believed Chelsea and Thomas were going to break up at the final bonfire. After all, they went on the show hoping to fix trust issues between them and only succeeded in creating more during their time apart. However, they shocked everyone when they made the decision to leave the island together.
At the reunion, they were still in a relationship, but not exactly going strong. After viewing what happened on the show, they were working through a new host of issues. She even said that the love between them may not be enough.
However, according to their Instagram pages, they persevered and remain together. He shared an image of himself and Chelsea getting cozy on a trip to Solvang, California as recently as January 2022. That same month, she too shared an image of her and Thomas from the same trip.
Erin Smith and Corey Sobczyk
Erin and Corey came to the island with a lot of problems between them that stemmed from his insecurity as well as her expectations of him.
However, while on the island they never really lost sight of each other and it seemed like everything was going to be peaches between them after the show ended. As with many couples on “Temptation Island,” though, the reunion shattered those expectations.
Erin revealed that mere days before they were supposed to take the reunion stage, he admitted that he had been lying to her about his final date night with Amanda Spain-Butts. Although they didn’t hook up, he was afraid to tell her how intimate they got. That didn’t bode well for a woman who was already questioning his ability to “man up” and take their relationship seriously.
“I have to walk away,” Erin told him at the reunion.
Surprisingly, the duo seemingly worked through their issues and remained together on social media after the reunion aired. However, ultimately, it wasn’t meant to be.
In March, Erin and Season 1 “Temptation Island” cast member Kaci Campbell started the “It’s Tempting” podcast where she revealed that she and Corey broke up in July.
“There was something that happened in July that solidified us not being together and us never getting back together,” she explained.
She declined to go into more detail but noted that she wishes Corey the best in life and that she hopes he wishes her the same.
Kristen Ramos and Julian Allen
While the couples around them were struggling, Kristen and Julian remained strong and actually used their time on “Temptation Island” to solidify the bond they had. Both took the directive to have an eye toward personal growth very seriously.
Not only did Julian, with the help of the single ladies, confront his past mistakes, he took accountability for them as well. By the time the final bonfire rolled around, he was a changed man and his proposal felt inevitable. She said yes and fans will be happy to learn they are still going as strong as ever.
Although they’re not yet married, their social media shows them more in love than ever. In fact, as recently as February, they both shared images from their beautiful engagement photo shoot. A true happy ending for a couple from “Temptation Island.”
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