‘Bachelor In Paradise’: How Caelynn Miller-Keyes Really Feels About Van Life

When Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert began to form a connection on the most recent season of Bachelor In Paradise, some fans weren’t sure how good of a fit they were.

In fact, fans would even take to Miller-Keyes’ Instagram to tell her she was too “high maintenance” for Unglert, who proudly lives a nomadic lifestyle in a van.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Thirst Project
Caelynn Miller-Keyes | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Thirst Project

On a photo Miller-Keyes posted of herself posing in Laguna Beach, California with a Yves Saint Laurent bag, fans weighed in on her then-budding relationship with Unglert. 

“Girl you have a YSL bag, you hardly strike me as a person who wants to spend her nights in a van!!!” one commenter wrote.

“Doesn’t look like van attire to me,” another commenter wrote.

But the season’s over and Miller-Keyes and Unglert are still going strong, van and all.

In a recent interview with Access, Miller-Keyes said she’s “the happiest that I’ve ever been in a relationship honestly.” So it sounds like things are going pretty well.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes is loving van life with Dean Unglert after ‘Bachelor In Paradise’

As for adjusting to life in Unglert’s van? Miller-Keyes says so far, so good.

“I love the van life. Ok so I’m a pageant girl, people don’t believe me, but I’m Miller and I’m Keyes, there’s two last names, two families involved obviously, as every family, but the Miller side of my family–Dean just met my grandparents today, he met the Miller side–they’re very adventurous,” she said.

Miller-Keyes continued: “They’re hiking, they live in like airstreams, you know? I’m kind of embracing that side of myself that I never have before and it’s been great.”

In addition to Unglert helping Miller-Keyes embrace her adventurous side, he’s helping her to be more comfortable in her own skin.

“We’re just figuring out our relationship. I just am so excited about us. I’m seriously so happy. It’s fun to be able to share in our happiness finally so that’s exciting. We have a lot of travel plans coming up. Dean told me if I didn’t wear makeup to the reunion he’d take me to the Maldives. I wear like a little bit of concealer, blush. I felt very vulnerable but he challenges me in that way, too,” she shared.

Miller-Keyes continued: “As a girl who did pageants for so long, I thought I needed everything. Lashes, everything, liner, and now it’s like I can just be [myself]. It’s just made me accept myself.” 

Why Caelynn Miller-Keyes thinks her relationship with Dean Unglert is different

The former pageant queen says that she feels her relationship with Unglert differs from any other relationship she’s ever been in. Why does she feel this relationship is so different? Because Dean’s different.

“I think Dean is just a different breed of a human and that he just doesn’t care what people think, doesn’t care what people say, and that’s kind of–I don’t know, I don’t know how to explain how our relationship is different. I think Dean is different and that kind of explains that our relationship is vastly different,” she said.

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