‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Who is Kristian Haggerty, the Woman Who Demi Burnett is Dating?

Things are heating up on Bachelor in Paradise. Some relationships are getting more intense, while others are crashing and burning.

From the start, there were some couples who seemed to connect right out of the gate. In the beginning, the frontrunners were Blake Horstmann and Tayshia Adams, and Demi Burnett and Derek Peth.

Horstmann and Adams’ relationship imploded after it was revealed that he had already slept with Caelynn Miller-Keyes from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor and Kristina Schulman from Nick Viall’s season.

But the one couple hanging strong was Peth and Burnett. At least until recently. Last week’s episode was the first time that we started to see cracks in Peth and Burnett’s relationship as Burnett began putting a bit of distance between her and her new beau. But that was mostly due to the fact that she was hiding something from him.

Burnett’s secret

At the very beginning of the season, Burnett told her friend and Bachelorette Hannah Brown that she had been dating someone before Paradise.

“Plot twist, it happens to be a woman,” Burnett told Brown of her relationship. “It’s not something that I need to label, so I feel like I don’t have to proclaim that I am gay, I am straight, I am bisexual, I am this. I just like who I like. It doesn’t matter who or what you are, it’s the person.’

“We really fell head over heels for each other,” she continued. “She has the warmest energy. She never gets mad. She’s amazing.”

Who is Burnett’s girlfriend?

Of course, Reality Steve has all of the intel on who exactly the woman that Burnett had been dating is.

“Demi’s girlfriend showed up on the beach late last week, Demi told everyone this is the woman she’s been dating, they were given a date card that night, and got to stay on the show,” he revealed before the season even began airing. “Demi’s girlfriend is Kristian Haggerty.”

“Demi and Kristian have been seeing each other since around February, and all this of Kristian coming on the show was pre-planned,” he continued.

“Demi talked about it with producers, she knew Kristian was gonna be brought in after filming had started, and she wanted to use the show as an outlet to come out as bisexual. They’re not having Kristian battle over other men for Demi or anything like that. They are there and they are a couple and, seemingly, I guess just seeing where it goes. But the fact they didn’t leave together right away makes me think these two will stay ’til the very end.”

Who is Haggerty?

Haggerty hasn’t been on any of the Bachelor shows before. According to her website, she started out as a model and actress before deciding that she wanted to focus on sports and her education. She went to Stetson University on a crew scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration.

She worked at a corporate job for over a year before pursuing a career in entertainment. She has since been doing improv comedy and graduated from The Second City Improv program last year.

Haggerty is also an ordained minister.