44 seasons and four franchises later, Bachelor Nation has finally made history. Contestant Demi Burnett proposed to Kristian Haggerty on Tuesday night's finale of Bachelor in Paradise, marking The Bachelor franchise's first ever same-sex engagement!
Although the season ended with three engagements, Burnett and Haggerty's love story definitely took center stage. Burnett proposed on the beaches of Mexico, where the show was filmed. Haggerty then returned the gesture by proposing to her fiancée on the live Bachelor in Paradise after-show. Following the finale, Burnett shared photos of the engagement on Instagram with the caption, "My forever."
Burnett's Bachelor journey began as a contestant on The Bachelor earlier this year before heading to Bachelor in Paradise this summer. While in paradise, she had a brief fling with fellow castmate Derek Peth before telling producers about lingering feelings she had towards Haggerty, a woman who was not affiliated with the franchise. But on the sixth episode of the season, producers surprised Burnett by bringing Haggerty onto the show.
“I didn’t take any time to think about what I was going to be leaving behind,” Burnett told People of her decision to go on the show, despite leaving Haggerty behind initially. “I was focused on Paradise and what I was going to explore there.”
Haggerty added, “She was open from the beginning about going to Paradise, so I was always supportive. I don’t think I touched base with my feelings until she had left and that’s when I realized how much I cared about her.”
The engagement celebrates an exciting step forward for the Bachelor franchise, which up until now has only featured straight couples. GLAAD Head of Talent Anthony Ramos even called Burnett's coming out story as "groundbreaking for the series” in a statement.
Now, can we get a televised wedding?!