Over the course of Bachelor In Paradise’s six seasons, several couples have stolen my heart, but Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty replaced them all when they made Bachelor Nation history by becoming the first same-sex couple to get engaged. Honestly, I sometimes feel a bit cynical toward reality TV romances. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's very entertaining, but there's always a little part of me that doesn't always trust it’s real. But Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty's body language after Bachelor In Paradise says exactly the opposite about them. When Demi dropped to one knee to propose, well, let's just say it was clear their love is as real as it gets. Now that the series has aired and they can finally be out and proud about their engagement, I asked a body language expert to take a look at how the couple is doing after their whirlwind romance.
The pair dropped by Good Morning America on Sept. 24 to talk about what it’s been like to get engaged and live their truths so publicly, not to mention Demi’s struggles with understanding her sexuality. “I think there was just a lot of, like, walls within myself and like a lot of parts of myself that I wasn’t fully in tune with and didn’t really understand,” Demi said on GMA. Fortunately, this process helped her break down those walls.
“I never really watched much of Bachelor Nation or even thought in a million years I’d be on a reality show,” said Haggerty. “I know I’ve said that before in past interviews but I can hands on tell you it was all very real."
While the couple took a huge step on Bachelor in Paradise, Demi told People that, for now, they are taking things a bit slower and just enjoying the relationship. “I don’t think we should jump into moving in together,” she said. “We already got engaged in such a short amount of time. We need to have time to date and have a steady-paced relationship.”
To gain a little more insight into their newfound relationship dynamic, I turned to Traci Brown, body language expert and author of Persuasion Point: Body Language and Speech for Influence. She took a closer look at this dynamic duo's interactions post-paradise, and what she sees about their connection is promising. Here's what else she had to say.