'Bachelor In Paradise' Star Demi Burnett Says Coming Out Was 'Actually Scary'

Written by on September 20, 2019

The sixth season of “Bachelor in Paradise” got here to a detailed this week with a historic first for the present. 

Tuesday’s season finale noticed Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty proposing to at least one one other, marking the first-ever same-sex engagement to be featured within the American “Bachelor” franchise. (In 2018, two ladies paired off on the Vietnamese model.)

“Bachelor in Paradise” has been praised for depicting the couple’s journey with nuance. In a Friday look on “The Ellen DeGeneres Present,” Burnett stated that coming to phrases together with her genuine self within the public eye was a “actually scary” expertise. 

“It was plenty of worry. It was worry of judgement,” the Texas native, who’s bisexual, stated. “It was worry of disappointing folks in my life, making them uncomfortable. It was simply actually onerous … However it all labored out.”

Within the early episodes of this season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” Burnett started relationship contestant Derek Peth. Because the season progressed, nonetheless, Burnett informed Peth that she and Haggerty, who was not beforehand concerned within the franchise, had been relationship casually earlier than filming commenced. 

“Clearly, to start with, I used to be simply hesitant to get to know him due to the state of affairs,” Burnett informed Leisure Tonight. “However all the pieces he’s carried out, it simply speaks so extremely of his character and I do want the most effective for him. We’re all mates, so it’s a novel state of affairs, however it’s stunning.”

Her expertise on the present, she later informed Individuals, had taught her that “it’s OK to be myself and embrace that and personal it.” 

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