This year The Bachelor franchise made history with it’s first same-sex couple, and now they’re making history again, with their first same-sex couple breakup. Demi Burnett and Kristian Hagerty, who got engaged on the show, announced via Instagram that they’ve broken up.
The announcement came in the form of Burnett posting a black and white picture of the two of them with a caption that reads, “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.”
This all started when bisexual Bachelor in Paradise star Burnett started falling for a woman who wasn’t on the show, Hagerty. Producers then made the bold move to bring Hagerty onto the show to see if the budding romance would continue to grow. When it did, queer women everywhere erupted in tears and applause as Burnett proposed to Hagerty in the season finale. She dropped to one knee saying, “I came here to find myself, but I found myself in you.” Cue the lesbian tears!
Burnett’s Instagram post continued saying that the couple is thankful for the support they’ve received from fans and that they “will forever be proud of the impact our love story has made and we hope it has helped others feel more accepted and confident within themselves.”
The couple certainly did that, and they continue to show that queer women are just like everybody else, even going through breakups after a whirlwind reality TV romance.