‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Katie Morton Opens up About Engagement to Chris Bukowski

It’s been a bit of rocky road for Katie Morton and Chris Bukowski. The pair got engaged after their stint on Bachelor in Paradise, but they aren’t without their problems. The issues were highlighted when Morton showed up to the reunion special without wearing her ring. Though she confessed that the pair were still engaged, she was candid that she was struggling to make their relationship work. Now, post-finale, Morton is finally opening up about her ever-evolving relationship with Bukowski.

Chris Bukowski of Bachelor in Paradise
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Bachelor in Paradise finale

After the Bachelor in Paradise finale, fans were concerned about the state of Bukowski and Morton’s relationship. Though the pair seemed committed to one another on stage, shortly after they were seen arguing in the parking lot. Bukowski said he felt blindsided by Morton sharing all of their issues with the world and many people were left wondering if the two would stay engaged. However, Morton took to her Instagram to quell any rumors that the pair had split and opened up about her whirlwind relationship with Bukowski.

Katie Morton talks engagement to Chris Bukowski

“As you’ve seen…It’s been the furthest from easy. From the decision to take the leap onto the beach, navigating what was real and staying true to myself, and my world that spun out afterward. None of it has been a walk in the park. BUT I’ve learned, a lot. I’ve learned to be more direct, how to challenge myself and others, I’ve learned that I’m empathetic to a fault, that love languages are so important to understanding others, that self-sabotage can be found in many forms, and BOY have I learned what patience looks like. But most of all, I’ve learned that happiness isn’t something to look for in your partner,” Morton began, taking ownership for the mistakes she made whilst on the Bachelor in Paradise beach.

Relationship expectations

Morton then went on to share that the pair had poor communication for a while, which put a strain on their relationship. “Your partner can make you laugh but your partner is not responsible for your happiness. Happiness is found within and sharing that with each other is what lights up a room! Communication is the link to everything, which is something we sure did LACK in paradise and shortly after. It took us a few months to really get our bearings (especially with some exceptional and unexpected challenges),” the Bachelor in Paradise alum continued.

Morton is happy with Bukowski

Morton also confessed that despite the struggles, the pair was finally happy together. “I know none of you will truly understand why things are the way they are but I ask that you trust me and support me as I navigate this new world of mine. Because I’m happy with me and we are finally happy with us. We have grown so much in our friendship and now in our relationship since that day. Like I said to both of our parents and I will say to you- I can’t promise you this relationship will be perfect (it won’t be/ it isn’t) and I can’t promise we will last forever,” the 26-year-old shared.

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“Honestly, some relationships don’t last after 20 years and some do, that’s life. But what I can promise you is that I take this seriously, won’t lose myself, I will always try my best, I will always keep it real, and we will have each other’s backs. Thank you for following us through this journey of hope, faith, all of the next phases of life and more importantly – love ♥️ cheers to an effing INSANE adventure,” the Bachelor in Paradise star concluded.

Almost paradise

It certainly takes courage to be so honest about the trials and tribulations of a relationship. This is especially true in Bachelor Nation where there’s so much pressure to appear perfect in a relationship. It’s great to hear that Morton and Bukowski are finally happy with one another. We wish them well as they navigate this next chapter in their lives.