‘BIP’: No, Demi Burnett and Nick Viall Are Not Dating; But They Are Besties

We might be fully ensconced in Fall, but the Bachelor in Paradise drama is still piping hot. Following Demi Burnett’s split with ex-fiancée Kristian Haggerty, rumors began swirling that she was dating Bachelor Alum, Nick Viall. The pair have been spending a good chunk of time together and despite their 15 year age gap, some fans are thoroughly convinced that they share a romantic connection.

Demi Burnett and Nick Viall at a live taping of Viall's podcast
Demi Burnett and Nick Viall | Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images

Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty are no longer together

Though rumors of Burnett’s breakup to Haggerty had been swirling for weeks, fans of the couple were holding out hope until the couple announced their split on Halloween 2019. “What has always been at the forefront of our relationship is love and care for one another. Our priority is doing what is best for us. With a heavy heart full of love for one another we have decided it is best for us to take a step back from our relationship. We ultimately want what is best for us in the long run and for us right now, that means being apart and growing individually,” the pair wrote in identical Instagram posts.

Fans believe Demi Burnett and Nick Viall are dating

Almost immediately following the split announcement, dating rumors about Viall and Burnett began to swirl. “My friend was at a Halloween party with Rayne Ivanushka last night. He said he saw Nick holding hands with someone Demi’s height and a similar backpack like her and walks like her lol. Told me that the “girl in the costume” was tryna to be low key all night, but he did finally get a good look at her and CLAIMS it’s her. I didn’t believe it so much but I decided to check Rayne’s IG and well…u be the judge,” a Reddit user wrote in a thread sparking dating rumors.

When Burnett took to her Instagram to post a picture of herself in a Care Bear costume (which looked quite similar to the costume worn in photo posted to Reddit) Bachelor in Paradise fans took it as confirmation she was dating Viall. “So that was you holding hands with Nick on Halloween,” one Instagram user commented. “Yep she just admitted to it,” another added in agreement. Some people went so far as to accuse Burnett of cheating on Haggerty with Viall. “Yasss cheat on your fiancée and brag about it. Woke queen,” one critic wrote sarcastically.

Bachelor in Paradise fans are outraged on Instagram

While some people were supportive of the idea of Viall and Burnett dating and implied that they’d make a cute couple, others were not as kind. “Demi and Nick are perfect for each other…glad Kristian left this walking trainwreck,” one person commented. “Demi chose her celebrity friends over her fiancée [sic] so Kristian chose herself,” another Bachelor in Paradise fan chimed in with a huge assumption.

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Burnett’s bestie, Hannah Brown, sets the record straight

But despite the rumors, Viall and Burnett are not dating at this time according to Burnett’s fellow Bachelor alum and best friend, Hannah Brown. “Oh, no. They were just having a good time. They’re really good friends. They’re like besties. Well, she’s my bestie. We’re besties first and then Nick is her other best friend,” Brown said in a recent interview. We’re inclined to believe Brown on this one. After all, Burnett just broke off her engagement. She probably will take some time before getting back into the dating game.