Bachelor in Paradise’s first same-sex couple Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty have introduced they’ve break up and determined to name off their engagement.
Demi and Kristian, who received engaged on Bachelor in Paradise’s sixth-season finale this previous summer time, each posted the identical assertion on their respective Instagram accounts on October 31.
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“What has always been at the forefront of our relationship is love and care for one another,” Demi, 24, captioned a candy black-and-white photograph of herself and Kristian, 27.
“Our priority is doing what is best for us. 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.”
Demi 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.”
Demi 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.”
In addition to sharing the identical assertion, Kristian wrote in her Instagram Stories, “You will always have a piece of my heart,” on an image of Demi’s marriage proposal on the seashore in Mexico. Demi replied, “Same,” together with a red-heart emoji.
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Prior to their breakup announcement, a supply informed Us Weekly that Demi had “brushed off” a query about Kristian on October 29.
“There’s no way they’re together,” the supply stated, though Demi was sporting her engagement ring on the time.
But followers had already been speculating for weeks Demi and Kristian’s relationship was over as a result of the women final shared pictures of one another on Instagram on September 19, which was two days after the Season 6 finale of Bachelorin Paradise aired on ABC.
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Demi informed Us Weekly on October 9, nonetheless, she and Kristian had been simply actually busy and compelled to spend time aside resulting from their hectic schedules.
“Every relationship is different and it’s like — I mean in the most respectful way — it’s nobody’s business how our relationship works. We both have so much going on right now,” Demi stated on the time.
Demi and Kristian at present each dwell in the Los Angeles-area however apparently by no means moved in collectively.
“Just because we don’t broadcast [our romance] doesn’t mean that we’re not together,” Demi informed Us, taking pictures down rumors the couple could have break up or their relationship was on the rocks.
“We’re not too far apart. I think it’s important to kind of have our space just so, you know, we can develop a normal, very solid, steady relationship.”
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Demi, nonetheless, informed Us that she and Kristian had but to get the ball rolling on wedding ceremony plans.
“If you just jump into it and just rush everything, for me personally, that’s not how I could have a successful relationship,” defined Demi, who competed for Colton Underwood’s coronary heart on The Bachelor’s 23rd season previous to her Bachelor in Paradise look.
“I have to definitely take it at a steady pace. We’re definitely just dating right now. There’s so much going on for both of us that it’s like, ‘Oh, planning a wedding right now just sounds so intense.'”
Demi added that she and her then-fiancee had been “definitely taking it slow” and “just enjoying” their time collectively.
“Just finding time for everything has been really crazy, but other than that, everything has been so fun and it’s been so good,” Demi famous on the time.
News of Demi and Kristian’s break up got here simply someday after fellow Season 6 Bachelor in Paradise couple, Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones, revealed that they had determined to name it quits.
When Demi started her stint on Bachelor in Paradise, she sparked a romance with Derek Peth, who shortly fell for the bubbly and outgoing Texas native exhausting.
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Demi revered Derek and thought he was a tremendous man, however she could not cease eager about a woman again house, Kristian, whom she had been courting previous to her look on the summer time spinoff.
Demi discovered herself so conflicted between her emotions for Derek and her lingering or unresolved emotions for Kristian that Bachelor in Paradise welcomed Kristian on the present so Demi might determine the place her coronary heart was actually leaning.
Once Demi reunited with Kristian in Paradise, the ladies had been in a position to additional discover their connection. Demi knew instantly upon seeing Kristian in Mexico that they had been meant to be, and so Demi let Derek down gently.
Demi and Kristian then continued so far and fall in love whereas surrounded by their supportive co-stars.
After having fun with a Fantasy Suite date collectively, Demi proposed marriage to Kristian on the seashore and introduced her with an engagement ring throughout Bachelor in Paradise’s finale.
The reunion particular subsequently featured Kristian proposing marriage to Demi and providing her a diamond sparkler as nicely.
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