- “Love Is Blind” cast member Andrew Liu went viral for appearing to fake tears after a rejected proposal.
- He told Insider in a statement that viewers could “be outraged, if your heart compels you to be.”
- His costars called him a “clout chaser” and a “weirdo,” among other things.
“Love Is Blind” season three dropped its most cringeworthy and bizarre moment of the season (so far) in episode three, before contestants had even left the pods.
After Nancy Rodriguez rejected Andrew Liu’s proposal at the beginning of the episode, he sat down for an interview, appearing quiet but composed.
“What are you thinking about?” someone off-camera, presumably a producer, prompted him.
Andrew responded: “Are you rolling?”
When the person said yes, Andrew got what appeared to be a bottle of eyedrops out of his pocket and asked the person behind the camera if they minded if he used them.
They said if his eyes were hurting, he could, making it clear that they were not making him fake anything.
“It’s just too much,” Andrew said as he was putting the drops in his eyes.
After he used the drops, he looked back into the camera and said, “Just a little bit,” with a smirk.
He sniffled and blinked his eyes through the rest of the interview as he told the camera how much it hurt that Nancy turned him down. “I never thought I could care for someone that would bring me to tears,” he said as liquid dripped down his face.
Fans had a lot of feelings about Andrew’s apparently enhanced emotions
All television is edited, so producers could’ve chosen to cut the footage of Andrew and his eyedrops, which most viewers interpreted as Andrew faking tears to appear more sympathetic. But they included the bizarre moment in the final cut, and viewers had a lot of feelings about it.
“One of the #LoveIsBlind producers had it out for andrew and made sure the clip of him fake crying made it into the final cut,” wrote @hollyjgf.
—danielle (@hollyjgf) October 19, 2022
Some people on social media who saw the moment said that it was “manipulative” behavior and expressed concern that people were defending him.
“It is mind blowing to me that the editors of ‘Love is Blind’ left in Andrew’s manipulative fake tears and drops and there are STILL men defending him like ‘no his eyes were just hurting,’” wrote @JesNx, adding, “Imagine being a man who sees that kind of manipulative behavior and doesn’t fear for the women it’s targeting.”
—Jes Negrón (@JesNx) October 25, 2022
Others echoed the sentiment, calling Andrew “terrifying.”
“My mouth actually dropped open. Andrew is terrifying,” tweeted screenwriter Bolu Babalola.
—Bolu Babalola (pure) 🍯&🌶 (@BeeBabs) October 21, 2022
But writer Meg Zukin, who recaps “Love Is Blind” for Vulture had a different description of him.
“Andrew on love is blind is not a real human. he’s an elon musk minion. he’s artificial intelligence sent from burning man,” Zukin tweeted.
—𝔪𝔢𝔤 (@bymeg) October 19, 2022
Others were less critical and simply appreciated the moment as entertainment value. “Idc what yall say, he was camp for this. I live for Andrew,” one user wrote in a tweet featuring pictures of the moment.
—Bunni (@SZAsGardenn) October 20, 2022
Andrew told Insider via Instagram DM that viewers could be ‘outraged’ by the moment if they wanted to be
Andrew didn’t stay silent among the social media uproar, though he never specifically confirmed or denied that he was using the drops to fake tears. He posted a video of the moment on his Instagram story (captured by Marie Claire) and wrote, “Could have at least edited out the pimple, guys.”
According to Us Weekly, Andrew also shared several memes and fan reactions to the moment to his Instagram story. In one, it was implied that the producers allowed him to use the drops without informing him it would make the final edit. He replied: “I cannot confirm nor deny due to my contract. How unfortunate.”
When Insider asked Andrew via Instagram DM if he had a response to the backlash he’s been receiving on social media or anything else to say about the scene, he replied: “Just a couple words. People should feel free to draw their own conclusions. After all, that’s part of the fun! It is a tv show after all. As for the scene itself, I cannot provide any details outside of the official story.”
“Be outraged, if your heart compels you to be. Or don’t,” he added.
Andrew’s ‘Love Is Blind’ costars, who wouldn’t have seen the fake-tears moment until the season premiered last week, found it offputting
Several of Andrew’s “Love Is Blind” costars have spoken out about the viral scene and given their reactions to it.
His former flame Nancy said, “I think it’s one thing to say, like, ‘Through a wall, there’s something. You’re deceitful, you’re too cool, calm and collected. Like, something is up,” according to E! News.
“Your senses go up. I think it was a complete depiction of what I was feeling through a wall. This guy’s up to something,” she added.
Another season three cast member, Zanab Jaffrey, told E! News the scene was “trash” and to “throw it away.”
Alexa Alfia, who engagement was also chronicled on the new season, called Andrew a “clout chaser,” the site reported, and fellow season three cast member Raven Ross calling him a “weirdo.”
Hosts Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey also had some thoughts on the moment and shared them on the “Today” show.
“It was so dry on set,” Nick joked. “That was a moment and he certainly is going to have to live with that one for a while.”
“You’re going to get all kinds of people on these shows. But at the end of the day, the cream rises to the top. The people at the end of it are going to be there for a reason — because they really wanted to be there and find love,” said Vanessa.
Meanwhile, season two cast member Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee, who judged women by their looks and weight on the show, commented on Andrew’s moment in an Instagram story captured by E! News. “What did I do that was so bad again?” he asked in a slide featuring Andrew and his eye drops.
The first seven episodes of “Love Is Blind” season three are now streaming on Netflix.