‘Bachelor in Paradise’ is breaking barriers within Bachelor Nation by spotlighting a sexually fluid contestant for the first time on the long-running ABC reality dating franchise. Demi Burnett, a contestant on Colton Underwood’s season of ‘The Bachelor,’ and a current cast member on the sixth season of the ‘Bachelor’ summer spinoff show, came out as queer on social media, ahead of the shows premiere, tweeting,
“Spoiler alert: I’m a queer queen.”
A first look at the new season teased her forthcoming same-sex relationship, which is a first for the U.S. franchise. During the premiere on Monday night, fans were able to see Burnett open up and share her coming-out story to a friend and former ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown saying that she was most recently in a relationship with a woman before heading into ‘Paradise.’
The reality star explained that although the two were not exclusive they did fall “head over heels” for each other. But she ultimately decided to join the cast of ‘Paradise’ to keep her options open and figure out what she truly wants, saying Teasers for the rest of the season show Burnett making a connection in ‘Paradise’ with the woman she spoke to Brown and another clip shows the star crying to a friend saying,
“You can’t help who you love.”
Burnett has also been included in teasers for the season finale which could mean a proposal insight. The spinoff is a looser version of the ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ and features a revolving door cast where men and women alternate leading rose ceremony eliminations and hand a rose out to a contestant of the opposite sex.
But after six seasons of ‘Paradise,’ 23 seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ and 15 seasons of ‘The Bachelorette,’. This will be the first time the franchise will be featuring a same-sex romance during a season. The summer series has formed successful relationships from past seasons that resulted in engagements and marriages, including former cast members Ashley and Jared, Carly and Evan, and Jade and Tanner.