‘Love Is Blind’ Star Jessica Batten Welcomes First Baby with Husband Benjamin McGrath


Jessica Batten is now a mother! The Love Is Blind star, 38, and her husband, Benjamin McGrath, had their first child on Saturday, she announced on social media.

The new child joins McGrath’s two existing children, daughter Poppy, 7, and son Ethan, 6, who he is the father of from a prior relationship.

A month after the couple’s engagement at the Akash Winery in Temecula, California, Batten spoke candidly to PEOPLE in October 2021 about “learning to be a parent” to McGrath’s kids.

“It’s been awesome and three for the price of one for me,” Batten said. “I didn’t know this would be in my future, but I couldn’t imagine my life without them. They’re so super special to me.”

As for what she had discovered thus far about parenting, Batten said it was crucial to strike “a balance” in her interactions with McGrath and the kids.

“It’s a lot of sacrifice, but it’s so rewarding,” she shared. “After being by myself for so long, or just me and [my dog] Payton, now having them, it’s just a whole different perspective.”

At the time, Batten and McGrath were already looking forward to expanding their family.

“We can’t wait to start,” she said. “I think we’re going to have a very short engagement, and then, yeah, we’re definitely [going to have] kids down the road. Whatever that looks like for us, whatever God blesses us with. I’m also open to adoption too, so we’ll see what happens.”