Bachelor In Paradise: Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones split and reunite during historic finale
- Demi Burnett, 24, and Kristian Haggerty made franchise history as the first same-sex couple to get engaged on the show
- Peter Weber, 28, was announced as the next Bachelor during the three-hour finale
- Dylan Barbour and Hannah Godwin, both 24, also got engaged, as did Katie Morton, 27, and Chris Bukowski, 32
Three engagements, one break-up and one surprise recoupling made the season six finale Tuesday of Bachelor In Paradise one of the most dramatic ever.
With just four couples left in Mexico, Dylan Barbour and Hannah Godwin, both 24, got engaged, as did Katie Morton, 27, and Chris Bukowski, 32; while Demi Burnett, 24, and Kristian Haggerty made franchise history as the first same-sex couple to get engaged on the show.
Clay Harbour, 31, and Nicole Lopez-Alvar, 26, broke up.
Fan favorites: Tayshia Adams and John Paul Jones split in Mexico, but later reunited during the three-hour season six finale Tuesday of Bachelor In Paradise
On the reunion show during the three-hour finale, fan favorites John Paul Jones, 24, and Tayshia Adams, 28, decided to give things another try.
Then there was trouble in Paradise, as one of the newly engaged pairs considered a split.
'Communication's been hard,' Katie said of her fiancé, Chris. 'I'm exhausted.'
'I fell in love with potential that may never come to fruition, but I'm just praying it does,' she added, weeping.
The show's finale opened with the last four couples preparing to enter the Fantasy Suites, where they would try to figure out how they really felt about each other.
Together again: John Paul raised his arms after Tayshia surprised him at his Maryland home to rekindle their romance
Hannah and Dylan easily expressed their devotion to one another, as did Kristian and Demi.
Katie, however, worried Chris wasn't interested in her.
'I don't think I would have walked away from that beach and sat here with you today if I didn't feel like I was falling in love with you,' he offered. 'I'm looking forward to the future.'
Show history: Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty made franchise history as the first same-sex couple to get engaged on the show
The day after the Fantasy Suite, they met at the proposal site.
'I can't explain how I feel right now because I've never felt it before,' said Chris, describing himself as 'the luckiest man in the world.'
'Everything I've been looking for, fighting for, searching for aimlessly is this moment,' he continued, kissing Katie. 'I can't imagine a second without you.'
Paradise found: Katie Morton was worried about her relationship with Chris Bukowski, but he showed his commitment
He proposed, and she said yes.
Nicole and Clay also struggled after Clay admitted to reservations about their relationship and noted that he wanted to be 100 percent sure about her before moving forward.
When they met at the proposal site, she asked him if he loved her.
Beach proposal: Chris dropped to a knee and proposed to Katie
'I'm not there yet,' Clay responded.
It wasn't enough for Nicole, who declared: 'I deserve love that is so deep, the ocean would be jealous.'
'I don't need time to explore,' she said, walking away. 'I just know.'
Love question: Nicole Lopez-Alvar asked Clay Harbour if he loved her, but he wasn't there yet
Leaving paradise: The romance was over as Nicole walked away
Going home: Clay got emotional as he left Mexico solo
Hannah had been engaged before, and fretted that it was too soon.
Dylan had no such doubts, easily taking a knee and proposing.
'I didn't come here to spend my summer with you,' he said. 'I came here to spend my life with you.'
Fantasy suite: Dylan Barbour and Hannah Godwin spent the night in the Fantasy Suite
Engaged before: Hannah had been engaged before and was being cautious
He even offered to meet her family in Birmingham, Alabama, that night.
They were both shaking as she said yes.
Demi was the last to propose, concerned that Kristian was 'too good for' her.
She acknowledged she'd been through some struggles, but they made her realize something, she told her girlfriend.
'I came here to find myself, and I found myself in you,' Demi said. 'I am so in love with you, and I didn't even think it was possible to feel this way about someone.'
'Kristian Paige Haggerty, will you marry me?'
Some struggles: Demi admitted to going through some struggles on the show, but said it was worth it
Marriage proposal: The first same-sex engagement in franchise history occurred as Demi dropped to a knee
Tender moment: Kristian and Demi kissed as they got engaged
Yes, Kristian said, and Demi shouted: 'We're engaged!'
The other engaged couples ran down the beach to hug them.
'Did not think I would ever get engaged in Paradise,' Demi confessed. 'But I am so f***ing happy.'
Cute couples: The engaged couples toasted to their relationships on the beach
The reunion show aired afterward and host Chris Harrison, 48, wasted no time diving back into the season's controversies.
First up was the confrontation between Derek Peth, 32, and John Paul Jones, 24.
John Paul and Derek had both been pursuing Tayshia, which made the younger man aggressive.
The host: Chris Harrison hosted the three-hour finale on ABC
He publicly called Derek a 'fraud' who slept with female fans, then instigated a horrible fight with him at the wedding of season 5 show stars Chris Randon and Krystal Nielson, both 31.
Derek denied using his fame for hookups, raising the hackles of castmate Jordan Kimball, 27, who pointed out social media had become 'like a dating app.'
'Derek, you don't have to answer that, and if you did, it's okay—you're human,' Jordan said.
Looking back: The first topic was the confrontation between Derek Peth, 32, and John Paul Jones, 24
John Paul called the fight 'unfortunate,' and also apologized to castmate Haley Ferguson, 26, for not telling her he liked Tayshia.
Tayshia ended up dumping John Paul on the show, but missed him so much she recently went after him, flying to his home in Maryland to try to win him back.
Viewers watched as Tayshia and John Paul had their first post-finale conversation at his home, recorded by show producers.
Surprise visit: Tayshia flew to Maryland and surprised John Paul at his home
Cute couple: John Paul smiled as Tayshia tried to win him back
'I thought about you every day since I left,' Tayshia admitted. 'John Paul Jones, I want to explore things with you.'
'I feel the same way,' he said. 'Will you be my girlfriend?'
'Yes!' she replied. 'John Paul Jones!'
Strong connection: Tayshia told John Paul that she had been thinking about him since Mexico
Back in the studio, Harrison asked John Paul if he still loved Tayshia.
In response, the young man took a knee and quoted Shakespeare.
'Doubt the stars were made of fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt that truth be a liar, but never doubt my love for you,' John Paul said.
Shakespeare quote: John Paul took a knee and quoted Shakespeare for Tayshia
Sweet kiss: Tayshia and John Paul kissed as the audience smiled with approval
'Tayshia almost had a heart attack,' Harrison remarked.
The host also recalled the beachside fight between Jordan and Christian Estrada, 29, which began when Christian had a steamy tete-a-tete with Nicole, who was then dating Clay.
Jordan stormed their palapa on Clay's behalf, destroying a pinata and brawling with Christian.
Beachside fight: Jordan Kimball discussed his beachside fight with Christian Estrada
'I acted in self-defense,' he explained, claiming Christian tried to elbow his face and chest.
'It wasn't self-defense, bro,' retorted Mike Johnson, 31.
'If you continue to talk, we're going to have a serious problem,' Jordan vowed.
Claim rejected: Mike Johnson rejected Jordan's claim that he acted in 'self-defense'
Christian suggested that Jordan was just a boy, and Jordan retorted: 'F*** you.'
Security officers looked on as Harrison quickly changed the subject.
He addressed the controversies surrounding Blake Horstmann, 30, who hooked up with castmates Caelynn Miller-Keyes, 24, and Kristina Schulman, 27, at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, and kissed Hannah before the show started filming.
Shake hands: Christian asked Jordan to come over and shake hands, but he declined
Tayshia, the first woman he dated on the show, asked Hannah why she hadn't said anything.
'The fact that he went on a date with you validated that we didn't have anything going in,' Hannah offered.
Jordan pointed out that too many of the season's singles had met before the show.
Hot seat: Blake Horstmann was on the hot seat
'Next year, for Paradise, just stay off Instagram,' he urged. 'Or don't go to Stagecoach.'
Cam Ayala, 30, suggested those who'd met before had an unfair dating advantage, but Onyeka Ehie, 25, pointed out that Cam had wanted to attend her pre-show party with cast members.
'You would have been there in a second,' she emphasized.
Nice try: Cam Ayala suggested those who'd met before had an unfair dating advantage, but Onyeka Ehie, 25, pointed out that Cam had wanted to attend her pre-show party with cast members
Caelynn then explained why she'd left the show with Dean Unglert, 28.
'Dean and I just had this immediate, crazy connection, and I would have regretted not taking that risk,' she opined, apologizing to her former partner Connor Saeli, 24.
'He just took those steps that I needed,' she added, saying she loved the van in which Dean lived—the inside of which was shown at the show's end.
Going strong: Caelynn Miller-Keyes talked about leaving Mexico with Dean Unglert
Connor said it had been tough, but was happy things worked out with Whitney Fransway, 28, who he'd been seeing 'a bunch.'
Harrison asked Blake if he knew that his dalliances with Caelynn and Kristina would be 'such a lightning rod' for criticism.
'I did know that I was going to take my lumps and bruises for that,' Blake admitted. 'I tried to own up to a lot beforehand. Obviously, I should have done a lot more.'
Lighting rod: Blake talked about his hook-ups with Caelynn and Kristina Schulman
He suggested he hadn't been more open about his hook-ups because he didn't want to besmirch anyone's reputation as they entered the show.
After the gossip about him emerged, he floundered for a while, he said.
'I felt that I had hurt so many people, and I had done so many things wrong, that I didn't know how to… right things,' Blake shared.
Caelynn acknowledged that she'd felt ignored, and 'kind of exploded,' which she regretted.
Feeling regret: Caelynn admitted that she 'kind of exploded' and felt regret about it
In a defensive move, Blake later released text messages that showed Caelynn pursuing him, then deleted them after she started getting attacked for her interest in sex.
'I've never felt so exposed or violated in my entire life,' Caelynn said. 'I truly feel disgusting that everyone has seen that. That, to me, is the lowest of the low.'
Dean revealed Blake texted him before sending them out, saying, 'I know she's going to catch a lot of heat for this, but I've just got to do it for myself.'
Tears flowing: The text messages that Blake shared hurt Caelynn
'Your whole point was to discredit me, and you've done far more than that,' Caelynn said, crying, as Dean rubbed her shoulders. 'You've discredited me in every aspect of my life.'
'I didn't want to hurt you,' Blake told her, after the cast encouraged him to apologize. 'I am so sorry that you got attacked, and I'm so sorry that you are feeling the way you are.'
During the break, Caelynn, crying, told Dean she had wanted Blake to 'just take ownership.'
Own it: Caelynn later told Dean that she wanted Blake to take ownership
Kristina tried to cheer a tearful Blake, saying: 'Don't be sad. It won't be long. Just stay strong.'
Bachelor In Paradise married couples then joined the group onstage.
In addition to Chris and Krystal, season 2's Jade and Tanner Tolbert, both 32, brought daughter Emmy, two, while Carly Waddell, 33, and Evan Bass, 36, carried one-year-old daughter Bella.
Backstage tears: Blake was crying backstage and Kristina consoled him
In July, Jade delivered her son, Brooks, in her closet at home after watching The Bachelor finale.
Tanner shared video of the event, with Jade holding Brooks and gasping, 'He's okay?' to the paramedics, who 'got there just in time.'
'I literally held him in,' she admitted, as Tanner waited anxiously. 'He was crowning.'
New addition: Jade and Tanner Tolbert, both 32, brought daughter Emmy, two, and talked about the dramatic delivery of baby boy Brooks
Carly and Evan were pregnant with their second child, and they did a gender reveal on the show, having former castmate Wells Adams, 35, now the show's bartender, jump out of a cake.
His suit was blue, revealing that it was a boy.
Harrison then brought out the newest engaged couples.
Gender reveal: Carly and Evan were pregnant with their second child, and they did a gender reveal on the show, having former castmate Wells Adams, 35, now the show's bartender, jump out of a blue cake
Katie was up first and revealed that her relationship had already broken down.
She was not wearing her wedding ring, and said she felt 'exhausted.'
'I love him so much, but I put in so much that my tank empties,' she said of her fiancé, noting that they struggled to communicate and he rarely made her feel appreciated.
Not working: Katie cried as she revealed removing her engagement ring amid strife in her relationship with fiance Chris
He had spoken more about his love for her to his friends than he had to her directly, she noted.
Katie didn't want to end things, but she was tired of waiting for little glimpses of hope.
When Chris was brought onstage, he tried to reassure her, again, but his words felt hollow.
Ring on: Chris tried to reassure Katie and put the ring back on her
'I love you, I do,' he said, before sliding the ring back on her finger. 'I think there's so many better days ahead of us, and I want to see those days.'
But outside the studio, he grew cold, saying she deliberately blind-sided him.
'You just don't get it, apparently,' Chris muttered. 'We already have these conversations.'
'And nothing changes,' Katie agreed.
Rough patch: Katie and Chris however argued again outside
'When is it supposed to change?' Chris asked, walking away.
'He knew I was going to tell the truth,' Katie groaned. 'What, was I supposed to go up there and say, ''I'm happy! Let's have babies!?''
Dylan and Hannah were doing better, making plans to move in together in California.
He admitted it had been hard watching Hannah date Blake, but she was worth fighting for.
Happy couple: Hannah and Dylan were going strong
She agreed with him, noting: 'He is my person.'
Demi and Kristian looked equally loved-up.
Kristian was glad she'd taken a chance and gone on the show for her girl.
Loved up: Kristian and Demi were loved up still
'I went in completely blind, but I knew what I wanted,' she said. 'I would do anything for her.'
Demi said that coming out publicly had been hard, but liberating.
'The hate that we get is drowned out by all of the love,' she shared.
Standing ovation: The audience gave Kristian and Demi a standing ovation
She thanked Derek, whom she had dated early on, for being so understanding.
'We need more Dereks out there in the world,' Demi testified.
Before they left the stage, Kristian proposed to Demi.
Good guy: Derek Peth was singled out for being a good guy
'I know that last day in Paradise was the best day of my life, and I wouldn't want to do this life with anyone else but you,' she announced, taking a knee and offering her a ring.
Rose petals fell from the sky as they kissed onstage.
As the show closed, season 24's new Bachelor, Peter Weber, was announced.
Nice rings: Demi and Kristian both had engagement rings
Kiss time: Kristian and Demi kissed after another proposal
Peter, 28, grew up in Westlake Village, California, five minutes from Bachelor mansion.
A finalist on season 16 of The Bachelorette, he'd learned a great deal from that show's star, Hannah Brown, 24.
'From night one… she was unapologetically herself,' Peter said. 'And that's something I want to carry forward in my journey.'
Next up: Chris Weber was introduced as the next star of The Bachelor
'This is not normal, dating 31 women,' he recognized.
The Bachelor premiere will air January 6 on ABC.
The franchise started with season one of The Bachelor that premiered in March 2002 on ABC.
Lesson learned: Chris said he learned lessons from Hannah Brown on The Bachelorette