There have been more headlines that have been out there about Bachelor in Paradise over the past few days, and these have little to do with the action on the show itself so far. Rather, it’s about some of what’s to come.
While ABC has to confirm anything 100%, all previews for the ABC series suggest that Demi Burnett is going to be visited soon on the series by the woman she’s been seeing at home. Demi went to Paradise with feelings for this woman, but she left herself open and developed something with Derek Peth. She opened up about those feelings at the end of this week’s episodes, but given that this woman is going to be coming to Paradise, it doesn’t look like this season will be ending with Demi and Derek together.
Here’s the controversy — is it wrong for Demi to be in Paradise, given that she has a preexisting relationship with someone back home? Former Paradise contestant Tanner Tolbert, who got engaged to Jade Roper on his season, seems to think so. Tanner’s criticized the show, and even went so far as to compare Demi to Jed Wyatt, who came on The Bachelorette with a girlfriend before getting engaged to Hannah Brown.
Well, Hannah’s chimed in on that, and in a post on Twitter (see below), she doesn’t see the comparison as fair — at all.
Do we understand on a superficial level why the Demi situation doesn’t look great? Sure, and we understand as well the conspiracy theorists out there who suggest that ABC is looking past any controversy in order to ensure that the franchise could get its first same-sex couple.
Yet, after you look a little deeper, it is clear there is more going on here. Demi, for starters, was honest with production from the start about her relationship history. It was a part of the narrative from the show and she didn’t need to tell Derek about it right away. Remember, she and Derek were only together for a handful of days, if that, at the time she told him about the woman in her life. Jed, meanwhile, got engaged to Hannah first and was dating her in a far more intense fashion for weeks on end. Production also wasn’t aware of the Jed girlfriend situation.
From the start, it’s felt like Demi was clear about why she wanted to go to Paradise and what she wanted from it, and if you are to criticize her for having feelings for someone outside of the show, you’d have to do that for at least a dozen or so contestants over the years. We know of multiple instances of people leaving relationships outside the show to go on Paradise — it’s a chance to build a social media platform and some can resume their relationships on the other side.
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