Love is in the air for Demi Burnett and one mystery woman on Bachelor in Paradise! The lucky lady has been identified as Kristian Haggerty and she will be making an appearance during season 6. We have the full scoop on the first same-sex couple to appear on The Bachelor franchise — including the fate of Demi and Kristian’s relationship in Mexico. Caution: Season spoilers are below. Do not keep reading if you don’t want to know what happens!
Kristian is the close pal and roommate of Catherine Agro, a contestant from Colton Underwood‘s season, which is how she and Demi crossed paths. She is not a member of Bachelor Nation, but she and Demi were dating before she decided to join the show. According to Reality Steve, the producers bring her on before the third rose ceremony and they seemingly pick right back up where they left off. Despite Demi cooking up a relationship with Derek Peth in the first week, she continues to give her rose to Kristian for the duration of the show. The pair make it all the way to the finale where they end up being one of the three couples who leave Mexico engaged.
If you’re wondering why Demi went on Paradise to begin with, she confessed that part of her reasoning for joining the cast was because she was feeling unsure about wanting to fully commit to Kristian.
“I have kind of been seeing someone, of course, plot twist — it happens to be a woman,” Demi explained during a sitdown with former Bachelorette star Hannah Brown during the season premiere. “It’s not something that I need to label so I feel like I don’t have to proclaim, ‘I am gay, I am straight, I am bisexual, I am this.’ … I like who I like. It doesn’t matter who or what you are, it’s the person.”
“Experiencing all of the different emotions that I have and getting to know myself better and getting to know what I want more, it’s been really confusing,” she continued. “It’s this constant, like, indecisiveness in me and I just feel like the only way for me to truly know what I want and how I want to love and who I want to love is if I try out Paradise. Maybe Paradise is what it’s going to take for me to figure it out.”
We’re glad Demi and Kristian found happiness!