It was beginning to look like Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari would be trapped in a beach paradise forever. However, the celebrity couple has made it safely back to U.S. soil, according to Jaclyn Hendricks of the New York Post. Cutler, a former NFL quarterback for the Bears, Broncos and Dolphins, and Cavallari of Laguna Beach fame first embarked on their Bahamas vacation in mid-March, around the time countries began restricting travel in response to the coronavirus outbreak. With no way out of the Bahamas, the stranded reality stars made the most of their bizarre predicament, sharing photos of their unusual beach quarantine on social media.
The Nashville-based couple’s longer-than-expected spring break had largely flown under the radar until Chicago-based writer Claire Downs brought it to our attention Monday, detailing Cutler and Cavallari’s whereabouts in a lengthy Twitter thread. The Cutlers weren’t in complete isolation as family friend Justin Anderson, a hairstylist and series regular on E! Network’s popular reality show Very Cavallari, accompanied the couple and their three children on their Bahamas expedition.
While Cutler and Cavallari weren’t exactly living the plot of Castaway (though there was a volleyball cameo at one point), COVID-19's prevalence did lead to some unusual circumstances including empty beaches, strict curfews, stores limiting customers to one at a time and the absence of ride-share services like Uber. Being confined to a tropical purgatory gave the trapped vacationers plenty of time to stay fit with Cavallari and Anderson seen working out together on Instagram. The couple experienced a fair amount of backlash on social media with some followers accusing Cavallari and Cutler of being tone-deaf for posting lavish vacation photos in the midst of a global crisis.
Regardless of how their getaway-turned-quarantine was perceived, the Cutlers are finally back in their natural habitat following a resolution passed Monday urging all Americans to leave the island and return home as soon as possible. Cavallari confirmed Tuesday that she and her family had indeed touched down in Nashville, ending their nearly month-long layover in the Bahamas. The Cutlers aren’t the only ones who have had their vacation plans impacted by the coronavirus as South African newlyweds Olivia and Raul De Freitas, the subject of a recent New York Times profile, remain stranded on their Maldives honeymoon.