Bachelor In Paradise's first ever same sex romance heats up as Demi Burnett chooses to commit to girlfriend Kristian Haggerty over Derek Peth
Demi Burnett finally chose to commit to her girlfriend Kristian Haggerty on Tuesday's episode of Bachelor in Paradise after she made a surprise appearance on the show.
The 24-year-old contestant earlier confessed to host Chris Harrison that she had feelings for someone she had dated back home in Los Angeles.
'I've been a total a**hole thinking about this girl that's back home,' Demi told him. 'I can't get her off of my mind.'
Surprise visit: Demi Burnett was surprised when Kristian Haggerty arrived on Tuesday's episode of Bachelor In Paradise
For the past three weeks, she had been forging a relationship with Derek Peth, 32, who saw a long-term future with her, but she remained confused, and wondered if she should leave.
Show host Chris, 51, said he would always support her in finding love.
Later, he took her aside, which normally doesn't happen.
'We've come to a decision that I think is going to put you in the best position,' he told Demi as they stood at the resort's exit.
Strong feelings: Kristian traveled to Mexico to see Demi after being apart for several weeks
The host: Chris Harrison talked to Demi as she was struggling with her feelings
'Why don't you head upstairs?' Harrison asked.
Kristian, 27, was at the top of the stairs, waiting for her.
'Oh my god, I missed you so much,' Demi said, crying and shaking as Kristian picked her up and spun her around.
Warm welcome: Kristian was waiting for Demi who gave her a big hug
Big hug: Demi and Kristian hugged as soon as they saw each other
They kissed and kissed.
'I'm disgusting,' Demi said, suddenly aware of the sand on her face.
'No, you look great,' Kristian said, wiping it off.
Together again: The blondes held hands as they caught up with each other
Tender moment: Kristian and Demi kissed after they were reunited
Elsewhere, Derek struggled.
'Demi confirmed that she still has these lingering feelings for someone else, and I don't care if that's a man or a woman,' he'd said at the beginning of the episode.
'It's just hard to know there is another person there.'
Hard position: Derek was in a hard position as he realized that Demi had lingering feelings
'One of them deserves to have all of me, but I'm scared that I'm not gonna make the right choice,' Demi confessed.
She and Derek weren't the only ones having a hard time.
Drama also had been brewing around Blake Horstmann, the show's resident player, as another rose ceremony approached.
Resident player: Blake Horstman was around drama once again as another rose ceremony neared
After spending a pleasant date with Caitlin Clemmens, the 30-year-old was set upon by former flame Kristina Schulman.
She tried to woo him into giving her his upcoming rose.
'You're allowed to have your own happy ending,' Kristina, 27, purred.
Friendship rose: Kristina Schulman was seeking a friendship rose from Blake
'She just keeps stabbing her way in there,' Caitlin observed, calling her a 'mosquito' that needed to be squished.
She pulled Kristina aside for a conversation, asking her what her intentions were with Blake.
It did not go well.
Side talk: Caitlin after a date with Blake spoke to Kristina about her intentions with him
'What I do, and my actions, are none of your business,' Kristina said.
'You're literally here chasing friendship roses instead of letting people find authentic relationships,' Caitlin pointed out.
'There's nothing wrong with me wanting a friendship rose,' Kristina returned.
Own business: Kristina told Caitlin to mind her own business
'Girl, chill,' Caitlin began.
'No, I'm not going to chill, honey,' Kristina said.
'Oh, you're impossible,' Caitlin marveled.
Chill out: Caitlin told Kristina to chill, but the advice was rejected
While they squabbled, new couples began to grow closer.
Chris Bukowski, 32, had been dating Katie Morton, 27.
Finding love in Paradise was 'serious' to him, he confessed.
Strained relationship: Chris Bukowski, 32, had been dating Katie Morton, 27, but their relationship would be tested
'I want to get engaged, I want to get married, all that stuff,' the six-time Bachelor franchise veteran said.
He and Katie talked about what they would do when new people came to the resort.
'I want you to do whatever makes you happy,' she said, calling him a 'free man.'
'It kinda sucked to hear that,' Bukowski told the cameras.
That's when Jen Saviano arrived.
New addition: Jen Saviano arrived and upended Chris and Katie's relationship
Known for appearing in season 20 of The Bachelor, she'd also been on Bachelor In Paradise's third season.
Dean Unglert, 28, called her 'one of the most beautiful girls in Bachelor Nation, if not the entire earth.'
Jen, 29, had also been friends with Blake before the show started filming, though he swore they did not hook up.
High praise: Dean Unglert called Jen 'one of the most beautiful girls in Bachelor Nation, if not the entire earth
To Katie's horror, she decided to take Chris on a date.
'I f***ed up,' Katie told Caitlin, explaining that she had told Chris to be free because she didn't want to get hurt.
'I made my bed and now I have to lie in it,' she recognized.
As Katie suffered, Jen and Chris sailed a catamaran.
Fun date: Jen and Chris sailed a catamaran during their date
'There is a definite connection and chemistry there,' Jen said.
'He's like, very hot.'
Shortly thereafter, Chris became seasick, and threw up.
Champagne flowing: The date featured fun in the sun and champagne
To make it up to Jen, he later secured a hideaway for them, where they drank champagne and talked.
'I really like your energy and your confidence,' he told her.
The two of them climbed into a hot tub and made out.
Hot tub: Chris and Jen later kissed in a hot tub
Afterward, he spoke to Katie.
'Did you find any clarity?' she asked.
'I'm not completely clear on everything,' he muttered.
'I'm going to be completely honest,' Katie said. 'I think that maybe I needed that wake-up call to realize how much I liked you.'
Getting emotional: Katie grew emotional as she realized her deep feelings for Chris
'There's a feeling that I have that's a little bit of doubt,' he said.
Derek continued to mope about the resort, wondering what would become of him and Demi.
That's when Kristian arrived.
'I came all the way down here to show Demi my level of commitment,' she told the cameras.
High level: Kristian said she came down to Mexico to demonstrate her level of commitment to Demi
'I'm very happy I'm here. I have a lot of hope and a lot of excitement.'
She and Demi sat down on a couch to catch up.
Demi said she'd been having fun and Kristian said she had not been.
'It's literally been so hard for me,' Kristian shared. 'I've never been in a relationship like this ever.'
Fun time: Demi told Kristian how she was having fun in paradise with Derek
She explained that she had let Demi go because she wanted her to do what she needed to do.
Demi confessed that she had been seeing Derek, and had given him a lot of herself, 'emotionally, physically.'
'That's not easy to hear,' Kristian replied, looking angry.
Not easy: Kristian admitted that it wasn't easy to hear about Demi and Derek
'I only came here for you,' she told Demi. 'I don't want to just be an option for you.'
'I thought not seeing you, I wouldn't think about you as much,' she noted. 'But the opposite happened.'
'The second I saw you, I knew exactly. It's you, and it's always been you. And I want to be with you.'
Demi went off to tell Derek what she had decided.
Breaking up: Demi broke the news to Derek that she wanted to be with Kristian instead
He was stoic when she gave him the news, until she told him that Kristian would be staying in Paradise.
'I'm glad you're moving toward what makes you happier,' Derek said.
'While it sucks that it's not me, I don't get to decide that.'
Tears hovered in his eyes.
It sucks: Derek was happy for Demi but bummed that they were splitting
'It's just so hard to go from kissing you to this,' Derek admitted. 'I don't know how to feel.'
He asked Demi if there was something wrong with him that made her choose someone else.
She said there wasn't.
'You're everything anyone could ever want,' Demi stressed. 'It's just what my heart feels.'
Nothing wrong: Demi insisted there was nothing wrong with Derek
As she left him, he broke down.
'I hold it in, but it's all so much,' Derek said, crying.
'I try to be strong in front of her, but am I always going to be strong for other people? Like, is that going to be my life?'
Tears flowing: Derek cried as Demi told him that their relationship was ending
'Everyone always says, ''Oh, you're a great guy'',' he related. 'I don't want to just hear that.'
Over time, he tried to see the positive side.
'It may not be my time right now, but I know that I want Demi to feel love in her life,' Derek later reflected.
He spoke to Kristian.
Positive side: The breakup was on good terms as Derek met Kristian
'There's no animosity between us,' he said, wanting to keep the relationship on an even keel. 'It's just hard. Really hard.'
'I think we can both be on the same page that we want what's best for Demi, and what Demi wants,' Kristian offered.
'I know you're a good guy. I can feel that.'
Good guy: Kristian said she could tell that Derek was a 'good guy'
'I don't think it helped me feel any different to meet Kristian, but I wanted to do that because I thought it would help Demi,' Derek relayed.
When they were alone, Demi opened up to Kristian again.
Nice hug: Derek and Kristian hugged after they talked
'Paradise is a very special place,' she said. 'There's nothing more that I would want than for you to stay here and pursue a relationship with me and see where it goes.'
She introduced Kristian to the cast, which was welcoming.
'We love you, Demi,' yelled Dylan Barbour, 24.
Sticking around: Demi asked Kristian to stay with her on the show
Demi received a date card, and she and Kristian went to dinner.
Her new girlfriend admitted that it was hard to hear she'd recently had feelings for someone else.
'I broke down and cried,' Kristian said, wondering if she could ever trust Demi again.
Demi said she admired her steadfastness.
Broke down: Kristian admitted that she broke down upon learning Demi had feelings for someone else
'You know what you feel and you don't doubt anything,' Demi explained. 'And I'm a skeptic. And I want to be like you.'
'I could never go through this again,' Kristian cautioned.
Demi tried to reassure her, saying: 'It feels like I finally found not only myself, but I found what my heart wants.'
'I want to commit to you, and I've never wanted to commit to someone like this before,' she added as they toasted to the future and embraced.
Bachelor In Paradise will return next week on ABC.
Commitment talk: Demi told Kristian that she wanted to commit fully to her