Bachelor In Paradise stars Demi Burnett and her fiancée Kristian Haggerty announced their split on October 31. The couple made a joint statement revealing their separation after fans saw Kristian’s sister Cailtin’s now-deleted snarky comment on Demi’s Instagram. The ABC stars became the first same-sex couple on the Bachelor franchise and their time on the show ended in engagement.
“What has always been at the forefront of our relationship is love and care for one another. Our priority is doing what is best for us,” Demi and Kristian wrote in a statement. “With a heavy heart full of love for one another we have decided it is best for us to take a step back from our relationship. We ultimately want what is best for us in the long run and for us right now, that means being apart and growing individually.”
They continued, “We have felt so much love and support from you all as you’ve followed our journey together and for that we are grateful. We will forever be proud of the impact our love story has made and we hope it has helped others feel more accepted and confident within themselves. We hope it reminded others they aren’t alone and don’t need to be ashamed of who they are.”
As BIP fans know, Demi came out as queer on season six of the show. She was dating Derek Peth when realized she wanted to explore a relationship with Kristian, who has never been apart of the franchise. Production then brought Kristian onto the show and in the end they got engaged.
Their joint statement concluded, “And we hope it shows that two people can love one another in different ways and for us right now that is apart. But we remain committed to encouraging each other, supporting each other and continuing forward in a way best for us.”
Fans speculated the two had split since their last photos of each other were shared in September, just days after the BIP finale. The day after the finale, Ellen DeGeneres gifted them a honeymoon.
Breakup rumors swirled after Demi shared a sexy bikini photo with the hashtag, “Thirst Trap.” Kristian’s sister commented, “Not desperate at all…”
News of Demi and Kristian’s split comes one day after Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones from the same season of BIP announced their breakup.
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