“Bachelor In Paradise” contestant Demi Burnett is involved in the franchise’s first-ever same-sex romance.
Tuesday’s episode of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” spinoff series, currently in it’s the its sixth season, had Burnett reveal she was “sexually fluid” and in a relationship with Kristian Haggerty, who is not part of “Bachelor Nation” nor has she appeared on any “Bachelor” franchise shows.
“Bachelor in Paradise” finds contestants from both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” getting a second chance at love after they have been dismissed or eliminated from the original series.
Haggerty was flown to Sayulita, Mexico, to appear on the episode and share that she is in a committed relationship with Burnett. Over the summer, the series has been following Burnett as she has come to share her sexual identity.
Upon seeing Haggerty, Burnett told her, “The second that I saw you, I knew exactly, it’s you. And it’s always been you. And I want to be with you.”
GLAAD issued a statement in support of Burnett and ABC’s decision to include her relationship on the show.
“Until now, contestants on the show have only been seen pursuing straight relationships. “Bachelor in Paradise’s’ inclusion of Demi Burnett’s coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series,” Anthony Ramos, GLAAD’s Head of Talent said in a statement. “Tens of millions of people around the world watch ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ franchises and this move to include a same-sex relationship in an honest fashion has the power to upend preconceived notions of LGBTQ people like Demi who are attracted to more than one gender.”