Rye conceals its fermentation where doughs made primarily from bread flour or even whole wheat freely advertise their fermentation. “Look at my bubbles! See how much I’ve risen!” Rye is a bit more “leave me alone I’m working”.
[I] assume they thought… it was bread you give to someone you want to date. Honestly, if someone gave me a loaf of (good) bread and said “do you want to go on a date”, the answers would almost surely be yes.