Ballatori, 24 and her now-husband Colby Kissinger, 25, were only one of the original six couples who participated in “The Ultimatum.”
(Spoilers are ahead. Consider yourself warned!)
The premise of the show is tailor-made to keep viewers clicking the ‘Next Episode’ button: One partner who is ready to put a ring on it, issues an ultimatum to their partner who isn’t quite ready for a trip down the aisle.
Throughout the process, those couples will temporarily split up with their original partners and see if they are more compatible with any of the other fellow contestants.
If a new couple feels a spark, they will then embark on a three week ‘trial marriage’ which involves cohabitating and making connections in every sense of the word!
Getting To Know The Future Mr. And Mrs. Kissinger
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Ballatori and Kissinger were an ‘OG couple’ who had been together for a year and a half before Kissinger raised an ultimatum, according to TV Insider.
Ballatori, in particular, was visibly hesitant in the early episodes of the season, over the idea of spending the rest of her days with her man.
Kissinger, on the other hand, was extremely ready to walk down the aisle with his gal, but still willingly participated in the experiment.
After the requisite split with Ballatori, Kissinger explored relationships with Lauren Pounds, and later April Marie Melohn after Pounds accepted her original partner’s proposal.
Ballatori was vocally excited about exploring her connection with Randall Griffin, which fans quickly picked up on!
Okay, am i tripping?? Madlyn went from being all up on Randall, to saying she doesn’t want to be with Colby, to then saying yes and getting married the same day to now being 7 months pregnant???? Wtf happened??? Did I miss an episode?? Something ain’t adding up..#TheUltimatium pic.twitter.com/UFzReSUPk1
— Charlotte Rose (@Charlottesvill0) April 13, 2022
It was also common for Ballatori to let viewers know exactly what she thought of Kissinger’s eagerness to tie the knot, and sometimes, her comments weren’t so nice.
Ballatori later spoke to Variety about the many instances throughout the season where she had said unflattering things about Kissinger.
“I look like such a jerk,” she said. “It shows my grievances, but not my appreciation. In hindsight, I was like, ‘maybe I don’t express those things enough.'”
‘And Baby Makes Three’
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After a second three week ‘trial marriage’ where contestants reunite with their exes and repeat the process over again, Ballatori and Kissinger were extremely confidant about their next move.
Even after many moments of uncertainty during their trial marriage, these lovebirds were equally both ready to take the plunge and get married!
If the excitement surrounding their proposal wasn’t enough to make your head spin, Kissinger sweetly suggested to his fiancée they should just forego any planning and just get married right then and there!
The duo tied the knot seemingly seconds after Kissinger stood up from being down on one knee.
“I was committed to the commitment,” the elated groom told Variety.
There would be no time for viewers to pick their jaws up from the floor after the finale before Ballatori walked out during the post-show reunion extremely pregnant!
For many fans though, the couple’s surprising pregnancy news inspired many questions.
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Fans took to social media to try and figure out how Ballatori could be seven months pregnant during the reunion.
Mrs. Kissinger was not here for any baby-daddy speculation!
According to E!, Ballatori hopped on Instagram to set the record straight and give an exact example of where she and her husband are on the road to parenthood.
“For clarity, Colby and I were married on 5.13.21 and will have our baby in the next two weeks,” the mama-to-be wrote.
Ballatori has nothing but love for the father of her child.
“Seeing how Colby just speaks about me with adoration,” she told Variety, “I was like, d**n, that’s cool. That’s not corny to talk about somebody like that. That makes me feel so good. So I want to give that back to him…”
Here’s to the happy couple! May they have no more ultimatums for the rest of their days!