The “Bachelor” Franchise’s First Same-Sex Couple Calls It Quits

Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty got engaged on "Bachelor in Paradise."

Paradise lost?

Bachelor in Paradise contestants Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty, the U.S. Bachelor franchise’s first official same-sex couple, have ended their engagement. And Bachelor Nation mourns.

Burnett and Haggerty made reality TV history in September when they got engaged during the Bachelor spinoff’s sixth season finale. They are the first same-sex couple across 44 combined seasons of ABC’s Bachelor in ParadiseThe Bachelor, and The Bachelorette to reach this milestone.

Burnett and Haggerty have posted a joint breakup statement on Instagram:

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. 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.

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.

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.

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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. 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. 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. 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.

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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. 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. 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. 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.

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Burnett, who first appeared on The Bachelorcame out as bisexual and a “queer queen” after her BIP casting was announced. She originally pursued a male BIP contestant before confessing her feelings for Haggerty, whom she had previously dated. Producers then brought Haggerty on the show.

Burnett proposed to Haggerty during the season finale. “There were a lot of things that came between us, mostly myself and my own struggles,” said Burnett, dropping to one knee. “I came here to find myself but I found myself in you.”

Later, at the the cast reunion, the couple confirmed they were still happily engaged. “I know that last day in Paradise was the best day of my life,” Haggerty told her fiancée, “and I wouldn’t want to do this life with anyone but you.”

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You have my heart ❤️ I love you baby

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I can’t get over how STUNNING my future wifey is

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Love whoever the hell you want

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My forever ❤️ #bachelorinparadise

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Thanks for coming to Paradise ❤️ #bachelorinparadise

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A source tells E! News the beachy relationship had become “extremely rocky” and that they had been “trying to make things work for the last month.”

“They were supposed to permanently move in together in L.A., and that never happened,” the insider adds. “They really haven’t spent much time together in the same place since getting back from Paradise, and it made them rethink the whole situation. They grew apart, and once they came down from the post-vacation high, they realized they were rushing their relationship. They still love each other but felt it was best to call off the engagement for now.” 

Watch the BIP proposal below.
 

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