Jenna Bowman and Sebastian Noel officially dating! 'Survivor: Ghost Island' castaways moving in together
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/03/2018
Jenna Bowman has confirmed she was in a showmance with fellow castaway Sebastian Noel on Survivor: Ghost Island and they began dating after the show, and things are apparently getting serious between them!
Jenna, a 23-year-old account executive from Detroit, MI -- who was living in California prior to her appearance on the show -- talked to Reality TV World in an exclusive interview on Thursday following her Survivor: Ghost Island elimination.
While opening up about her experience on the show and time spent with Sebastian, a 22-year-old fishing guide from Melbourne, FL, Jenna disclosed the couple are officially together and still going strong to this day.
Survivor viewers didn't see much of a connection unfold between Jenna and Sebastian on the show, but previously-eliminated castaway Stephanie Johnson had hinted at the couple's relationship during a March interview with Reality TV World.
"They definitely had eyes for each other the second he was there. And Jenna and I had a lot of girl-talk; she was definitely into Sebastian. As soon as they got there, they started sleeping next to each other," she said.
Below is what Jenna revealed about her relationship with Sebastian during her own post-elimination interview with Reality TV World today.
Reality TV World: When I talked to Stephanie Johnson earlier this season, she said there was a little romance blossoming between Sebastian and yourself. Could you confirm that was true? What was going on between you two out there?
Jenna Bowman: Just in the beginning, I think there was a lot of flirting. We're on an island and we were just attracted to each other, but there was never any huge bonding or relationship on the island.
We awkwardly tried to flirt on the beach, and that was really it. You know, we never strategized, because Sebastian, he doesn't even really like to talk strategy all that much.
So that relationship never really formed, which is why we didn't look like a power couple or anything. But, you know, we started dating after the show.
Reality TV World: Oh you did?! So are you guys still together? What's the current status of that relationship?
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Jenna Bowman: Current status -- I quit my job last week and I'm moving in with him in two weeks. I'm moving to Florida.
Reality TV World: Wow, that's huge. Congratulations!
Reality TV World: While watching the show, I was wondering if your feelings for Sebastian were genuine or if you were trying to flirt with or manipulate him a little bit to get ahead. Clearly, your feelings were sincere. (Laughs)
Jenna Bowman: Yes, [my vote off] was definitely a sore subject last night between us, obviously re-watching him voting me out. Because I trusted him obviously; we didn't get extremely close, but in my eyes, we were closer than anyone else could be on the island. So when he voted me out, it was definitely hard.
Reality TV World: Can you elaborate on when your relationship with Sebastian officially began since things weren't really progressing during the game?
Jenna Bowman: We just got lucky! When we had to fly over, we were sitting on the plane next to each other, and we got to talk. There was illegal thing happening or anything, but we sat next to each other and our elbows -- like, I don't know, we just kept touching elbows and doing weird stuff like that.
And then at Ponderosa beforehand, we'd always be sitting next to each other, coloring in books and whatnot. Stuff like that. So I felt like we had an instant bond even though we weren't on the same tribe. In the beginning, it kind of sucked, but then when he came over, he was really honest.
The first time we spoke, he was like, "I think you're really cool," and blah, blah, blah, and "I would really like to date you in real life. It sucks that this is a show." And then it ended there, basically.
We cuddled and held hands every night, but that was it. We never really spoke about anything. And then obviously after the show, our relationship blossomed... [And we've been together] since we got back from Fiji [in July of last year].
Reality TV World: So you're moving to Florida. Do you guys have any other big plans for the near future?
Jenna Bowman: Yeah, so I'm moving to Florida and then his lease is up in October. And then in October we are moving to Hawaii for, I think, about four months to work on a coffee-bean farm.