‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Serena Pitt Says Kendall Long’s Return ‘Strengthened’ Her Relationship With Joe Amabile

Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 wants fans to believe Kendall Long came back to stop Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt’s love story. But it seems the storyline did quite the opposite. Recently, Serena revealed that Kendall’s return actually “strengthened” her relationship with Joe on Bachelor in Paradise 2021 — here’s what the reality star shared.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers about Serena Pitt, Kendall Long, and Joe Amabile in the Bachelor in Paradise 2021 finale.]

What happened to Serena Pitt, Joe Amabile, and Kendall Long in ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 7?

Serena Pitt and Joe Amabile dancing together at Paradise Prom in ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 7 in 2021
Serena Pitt and Joe Amabile in ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 7 | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

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Serena and Joe met in the Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 premiere. Early on, Joe wasn’t sure whether he wanted to continue the show because the beach reminded him of falling in love with Kendall in season 5. However, one conversation with Serena had Joe changing his mind.

As Bachelor in Paradise continued, fans watched as Joe and Serena fell in love. The reality stars seemed at ease with each other. Then when Thomas Jacobs took Serena on a date, she came back to Joe. 

Eventually, the BIP producers brought Kendall back to the beach, and it seemed like she still had feelings for Joe. Of course, everyone was uncomfortable with the situation. But regardless, Joe made it clear that his priority was Serena. Kendall also decided to leave on her own. Now, Joe and Serena are headed toward the Bachelor in Paradise finale together.

Serena Pitt on how Kendall Long’s return strengthened her relationship with Joe Amabile on ‘BIP’ 2021

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For now, Bachelor in Paradise fans will have to wait and see whether Serena and Joe get engaged in the grand finale on Oct. 5. But whatever happens, it seems like the two became stronger despite the challenges thrown at them on the show.

During the Talking It Out podcast, Serena revealed that she spoke to Joe about Kendall’s potential arrival before it even happened on Bachelor in Paradise. Serena also noted that Joe remained honest with her about the situation and reassured her that she was his priority. Then Serena explained how Kendall and Joe’s reunion impacted her relationship. She said:

“Kendall coming down did not change my feelings for Joe. And yes, it definitely tested our relationship in a very unique way. But I admired how he handled the situation, both how he treated myself and Kendall. It kind of just made my feelings grow stronger for him. I would say looking back, it strengthened our relationship.”

Why Serena Pitt thinks her relationship with Joe Amabile could work beyond ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

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Still speaking on the Talking It Out podcast, Serena shared more details about her relationship with Joe on Bachelor in Paradise. The reality star pointed out that she was willing to pursue something with Grocery Store Joe as long as he also remained honest and willing to try. Then when he lived up to his word, Serena realized things could work beyond The Bachelor bubble. She said:

“He prioritized our relationship, he reassured me, he communicated with me, he checked in on me. And those are such attractive qualities. I was like, these are qualities that are proving to me that outside of this, if we go through a difficult situation, he’s going to be present in the relationship, and we’re going to actively work through it together.”

Whatever happens with Serena and Joe in the Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 finale, it seems Kendall’s return caused everyone to have important conversations about the future. So stay tuned for updates.

The Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 finale airs Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.