‘BIP’: Fans Are Loving Demi Burnett’s Throwback Pics
Demi Burnett made Bachelor Nation history when she got engaged to her girlfriend, Kristian Haggerty, on the sixth season of Bachelor in Paradise. Their relationship marked them as the first-ever same-sex couple to have their story play out on any Bachelor spin-off. Since then, Burnett, who first appeared on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, has become a fan favorite.
Burnett announced before this past season of Bachelor in Paradise that she was a “queer queen,” coming out on the first episode to bestie Hannah Brown as “sexually fluid.” And although she started dating and hooking up with girls at a young age, she told Ellen Degeneres that it was incredibly difficult to come out in such a nationally public way.
Most recently, 24-year-old Burnett shared photos of her earlier days, long before Bachelor in Paradise, on Twitter. Fans loved the throwback, as well as Burnett’s comments about exploring her sexuality when she was younger.
Demi Burnett shared throwback photos of herself on Twitter
On Oct. 28, Twitter user @babe_leticia shared two photos of a younger Burnett in backwards caps and captioned them, “How bout a snapback throwback of the gorgeous @demi_burnett.”
Burnett quote tweeted the throwback pics and joked, “hooked up with a girl once.” She followed it up by admitting, “Totally kidding btw I had hooked up with several at this point it’s just hilarious.”
Fans loved that Burnett opened up about her sexuality
Fans of the Bachelor in Paradise star flocked to the comments to joke about Burnett’s classic stereotypically queer style even when she was younger.
One Twitter user wrote, “Lmao, that choker is a Classic Bisexual Move,” while another said, “big lesbian energy right here. i’m living for it.” Other commenters wrote “We stan a sexually fluid queen with a sense of humor” and “these gay jokes give me life.”
Burnett’s openness about her queer dating history is a first for the franchise and refreshing for many fans.
Jaimi King, who appeared on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, was the franchise’s first openly bisexual contestant. But she didn’t date any other women when she later appeared on Bachelor in Paradise. Burnett was the first contestant to have a relationship play out on the show itself.
Some fans speculate that Burnett and Kristian Haggerty may be struggling
Burnett and Haggerty have been fairly quiet on social media about their relationship, with neither posting pictures with one another on Instagram since mid-September.
Shortly afterward, Haggerty headed to Florida to be with family, while Burnett traveled widely for work opportunities and social events. Some fans have been voicing their worries that the couple may have already broken up.
Still, it seems that fans’ speculations might just be rumors. The couple has been spotted out and about with their engagement rings on, and Burnett posted a photo with Haggerty on Twitter for National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
What’s more, Burnett told Us Weekly a few weeks ago that she and Haggerty were simply keeping things private and taking their relationship slow. She told the outlet, “Every relationship is different and it’s like — I mean in the most respectful way — it’s nobody’s business how our relationship works…Just because we don’t broadcast it doesn’t mean that we’re not together.”