‘The Challenge’: Paulie Calafiore Just Proved He’s Close With ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Star Demi Burnett

We’ve been watching MTV’s The Challenge for years, and there are plenty of stars who’ve made a splash. Cara Maria Sorbello is one of the most infamous Challenge contestants ever — and her relationship with Paulie Calafiore has certainly raised eyebrows. While the two had a shaky start to their romance, they’re still together, though they opted out of competing on Total Madness.

It looks like Calafiore’s history with The Challenge and Big Brother has given him some other famous connections, too. He’s been spotted with Bachelor in Paradise star Demi Burnett in the past. And his recent Instagram comment to her proves they’re still in touch. Here’s what happened.

‘The Challenge’ star Paulie Calafiore is known for his on-screen romance with Cara Maria Sorbello

Sorbello’s dated a few men from The Challenge, but her relationship with Calafiore didn’t start on the right foot. When their romance began, Calafiore was still with his now-ex-girlfriend, Danielle Maltby. According to Maltby, she and Calafiore planned a future together — but it all came crashing down when Calafiore’s infidelity surfaced.

The situation shook the foundation of Sorbello and Calafiore’s relationship, too. And many Challenge fans still don’t approve of their romance, as they think Sorbello’s changed since being with him.

“Cara Maria found herself in an unfortunate position with a very sociopathic, narcissistic human being, and I feel bad for her,” infamous competitor Johnny “Bananas” Devananzio told HollywoodLife. “I just hope one of these days she comes to her senses and realizes that everything this guy is doing is self-centered and trying to capitalize off her notoriety and her fame.”

Calafiore was spotted with ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ star Demi Burnett in the past

Paulie Calafiore from 'Big Brother' and 'The Challenge' on 'Watch What Happens Live'
Paulie Calafiore from ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The Challenge’ on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Before Calafiore was known for sticking with Sorbello and trying his hardest on The Challenge, he was spotted with other famous folks. And a photo of him in a car with Burnett raised plenty of speculation back in January 2019.

Us Weekly reported a woman spotted Burnett with Calafiore in a red car. “@CaraMariaMTV i love you girl but keep this kid on the curb @PaulCalafiore_ I was just waiting to see hamilton and not wait in the long line… I spy a paulie and a blonde possibly named danielle,” the tweet noted. And Reality Steve confirmed the woman in the car was Burnett.

So, what was their rendezvous about? A source told the publication that Burnett reached out to Calafiore for some advice on how to deal with going on The Bachelor. They added that the meeting wasn’t romantic in any way, either. The two established friendship months prior and maintained that was all that occurred between them.

“Paulie understands that he’s the ultimate villain on TV right now,” the source told Us. “He knows that people see him a certain way, but ultimately, he’s always there to help people if they want to chat.”

He proved he’s close with Burnett by commenting on her Instagram

We don’t often hear about Burnett and Calafiore as friends or otherwise. But Calafiore just made it clear via Burnett’s Instagram that they still keep in touch and are likely quite close.

On April 24, Burnett posted a photo of herself along with a caption alerting her followers that she has a new project in the works. “Soo I started my own podcast called BIG DEMI ENERGY!!! We launch Wednesday April 29th so check out the link in my bio and subscribe,” she captioned the post.

Plenty of notable BIP stars commented, of course. Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Katie Morton both gave their support within the comments. And some other famous Bachelor stars from Peter Weber’s season, like Alayah Benavidez and Victoria Paul, are also excited for the podcast to drop.

As for Calafiore, he wrote a supportive note to Burnett, too. “Now that’s a podcast I’d want to be a guest on haha. Congrats sis!!” he commented on the post.

We’re hoping Burnett will invite both Calafiore and Sorbello on to her podcast soon!

Check out Showbiz Cheat Sheet on Facebook!