Our hearts may have dropped when Tara and Michael just missed out on making the Beauty and the Geek grand finale, but they were ready to burst into straight confetti when we learned what had become of their relationship off-camera.
Naturally, the fans loved them all, but none more so than Tara and Michael who came extremely close to winning the entire show.
Here, we investigate whether they’re still together now that their journey is over (and the cameras are long gone).
And it is! It looks like Tara and Michael are still very much together after filming Beauty And The Geek—several clues prove as much.
Firstly, the pair’s connection was clear from the get go. Tara is a mermaid performer by day, while Michael works as a children’s performer—it was obvious they were going to find some common ground.
But it was their instant connection emotionally that pulled them together as partners on the show. Their bond only grew as they were thrown into various challenges and forced out of their comfort zones. Each was the other’s rock, and those onscreen kisses apparently sealed the deal.
But the whole relationship aside, the win (and $100,000 in prize money) was ultimately not for them. They were booted in the semi-final, a bitter-sweet ending to the onscreen romance—though perhaps the beginning of the real offscreen romance.
Following their elimination, the pair took to Instagram with a cute couple pic. They wrote: “We have had an absolutely incredible time, have been able to have once in a lifetime experiences and have found connections that will carry us through the rest of our lives 💕”
They added: “We can both walk away tonight saying it has been the best experiences of our lives. We are grateful for every moment we had 💗”
Notice the frequent use of the word “we”? A very couply move if you ask us.
Michael’s friend and contestant Jason also took to Instagram to comment on how the pair’s romance had blossomed: “I still remember right after the first mixer, sitting next to Michael in his love-struck state. I was so incredibly happy for my new friend. I feel so lucky to have had front-row seats to this genuinely beautiful connection. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for both of you,” he wrote.
Surely if their fellow BATG contestants are posting so openly about their relationship, and the pair are sharing that intel with their followers, then they’re still together? We’ll take that as a yes.