Potential spoilers for Bachelor in Paradise season 6 ahead. The wildest Bachelor Nation show has taken over our screens once more—and it's bringing the shenanigans this season (including one contestant bodyslamming another, yikes). Thankfully, some of the more positive spoilers to result from Bachelor in Paradise are engagements. Those couples who make it through the drama and come out strong the other side are often the most fun part of the show: The ones to root for, and to 'ship after the show ends. Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson are perfect examples. They met, fell in love, got engaged at the end of their season, and came back to film their wedding this season. So who are the couples that we know are leaving the show planning their future together? These are the spoilery engagements, connections, and pairings we have so far.
One couple's Insta-official—with more soon to come.
Caelynn and Dean, no longer on the show and thus no longer bound to secrecy by their contracts, made their relationship official with some van jokes on Instagram:
I will be honest—I'm extremely curious to see how long Caelynn can stand living in a van. But congrats, you guys!
One couple is quasi-official—Kristian didn't spoil her engagement with Demi (despite the ring on THAT finger in the photos). But she did post a super-loved up photo between the two:
And spoke about Demi's bravery on her coming-out journey. Not-so-spoiler alert: They're totally still together.
After the finale, the other couples will be free to express their feelings for each other. I think I'm most excited by the sweet, OTT proclamations of love from Dylan and Hannah, followed by JPJ's guaranteed to be weird and cute show of affection for Tayshia.
One BiP alum is pursuing a non-Bachelorverse relationship.
Um, this is incredible? After a slew of flirty comments back and forth, singer and actor Demi Lovato went on a date with Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alum Mike Johnson. After the Bachelor producers decided to break my heart and not cast Mike in the titular role, Mike seems like he's doing just fine. And I couldn't be happier.
There's been trouble for one of the couples.
Amongst the many reunion show spoilers we've gotten, one particularly interesting anecdote is that it wasn't totally smooth sailing for Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton since Bachelor in Paradise wrapped. They did in fact get engaged at the end of the show (more on that below) but it's been a bit rocky since. More spoilery details from the reunion show reveal that Katie comes onstage not wearing her engagement ring, and says Chris isn't trying as hard as she is in the relationship (and that his complaining about the difficulties in their relationship was just, like, not cool. Dude!). Chris wasn't happy that this was all happening publicly, but they work it out, she puts her engagement ring back on, everything seems all right, and apparently they were spotted publicly in L.A. since the taping of the show.
You can swipe through to see the Chris/Katie details, as well as the other reunion spoilers:
The show's been telegraphing this a little bit, with Chris waffling about whether he even wants to do the fantasy suites with Katie—and Katie telling him to do what's best for him (one of the many reasons I like her is that she seems to genuinely care about his wellbeing). Eventually they do decide to go for it, and we know that the whole thing DOES result in an engagement. But I am honestly a bit worried about the Katie/Chris relationship lasting long-term, TBH. She's so cute, and he's been through this so many times. Get out of your own head and just relax already, Chris!
Several couples didn't even bother to hide their post-show bliss.
In a mildly hilarious update, two of the post-show couples have been out and about, in public, not really bothering to hide the fact that they're together.
First up: Dean and Caelynn. After being spotted at a tattoo parlor together (below), they are traveling together in suspiciously similar locations, taking photos of each other:
Dean also posted this very straight-forward assertion of his interest in Caelynn on Instagram:
Sure, he did it in anticipation of the episode during which he returns to paradise to re-woo Caelynn, but me thinks it was taken way after filming wrapped by Caelynn herself.
And Hannah and Dylan are just hanging out on the beach in Cali, snuggling up and looking for all the world like a regular couple in love:
Dylan and Hannah G doing a horrible job yesterday in San Diego pretending they aren’t together pic.twitter.com/x7feLigbXk— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 8, 2019
The other couples (Chris/Katie, Tayshia/JPJ, and Demi/Kristian) have somehow managed to stayed more low-key since the show has ended (Katie hinted at wedding stuff on her Instagram, but that may have been for a friend instead of herself).
Aaand, Chris commented on a recent post of Katie's thanking her 200,000 followers.
So, not as obvious as, say, Dean & Caelynn, but looking positive!
It won't be long before the reunion show, when they can ALL stop hiding. More on all the couples below.
Demi and Kristian proposed to each other!
Amongst the many revelations in the BiP reunion show, Kristian apparently wanted Demi to join in the fun of their engaged bliss, so she proposes and gives Demi her own ring. I can't wait to see it—the couple has been strong on the show ever since they came on, and it will likely get a HUGE crowd reaction.
Tayshia and John Paul Jones are together off the show.
So, this one's a bit convoluted: JPJ wowed Tayshia with a Shakespearean poem and Tayshia was delighted. Making out ensued. Then Tayshia decided she wanted to explore options a bit and had a vibe with Derek. Then (in upcoming episodes), JPJ and Derek get into it. Derek leaves, and JPJ-Tayshia remain a thing. The two make it allll the way up to overnights and then end up choosing not to. The two break up on the show, but according to Reality Steve, they are now together! Welcome to the magic that is JPJ, Tayshia. It's unexplainable.
Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert got together post-show—but are not engaged.
We just got an eyewitness account: Dean and Caelynn just visited a tattoo parlor, during which Dean got two tattoos and Caelynn looked kind of miserable and got none. She doesn't have a ring on, no surprise, and TMZ described the interaction as "kinda tense." Yikes.
Thus far on the show, he hasn't been as dramatic as previous seasons, although he offers up some thoughts on the Blake situation. "We've all been there!" he laughs in a trailer, so, thx for that, Dean. There are some spoilery reports that it's not an easy road for him and Caelynn—based on recent episodes and previews, he's about to break up with her and leave the show, only to come back a few episodes, profess feelings, and take her off the show with him. It feels...a bit par for the course, for him.
As far as Caelynn goes, she got in the middle of the Blake situation initially (on AND off the show, turns out). But she had an connection with Cam Ayala, before immediately linking up with Dean as soon as he got there. She explores other relationships after he leaves, but then immediately pairs up with him when he asks.
Thanks to some eagle-eyed social media fans, the pair had been traveling at the same time to the same place post-show, and were even photographed together. Given Dean's...history with the franchise, I have no idea about the future of this relationship. But I wish them luck?
Dean in Spain:
Caelynn, also in Spain:
Now, onto the show's original engagements...
Katie Morton and Chris Bukowski.
The guy who "retired" from the Bachelorverse has found love at last?? It would seem so. In the latest BiP trailer, Katie basically says she is not here for the drama and just wants one guy. There are also shots of her weeping and smiling, so it sounds like it's a bit of a long road to love for the two, but that could also be the producers wanting to keep spoilers to a minimum. This seems like it will be a really interesting story to watch play out: a newbie to the franchise, and an old-timer, connecting for a (potentially) lifelong commitment.
This is Katie:
And this is Chris, who first became a part of Bachelor Nation in 2012(!):
Thus far, Chris did end up going on a date briefly, but otherwise only has eyes for Katie. So the two on are on the path to engaged bliss!
Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour.
Awww, I actually really like this one! Hannah was a sweet, drama-free contestant on Colton's season, and Dylan was basically the male version of that on Hannah B.'s season. So two people who seem like they have similar personalities bonding together after their shared heartbreak (or at least, that's one narrative we could get). I like it!
Hannah G. was a fan-favorite and one of Colton's final three:
And Dylan was one of Hannah's top nine, though he didn't get a ton of screen time:
Thus far, on screen, Hannah and Dylan have a really really cute chemistry. Dylan is, in a word, smitten. Hannah is also venturing forward with Blake (sigh) and Wills, although she turns him down politely in the second episode. But watching the chemistry between Hannah and Dylan, knowing what we know, makes me so happy:
Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty.
The Bachelorverse's first same-sex couple is engaged!! In case you're unfamiliar, while in Paradise, Demi, who's an alum from Colton's season, comes out as bisexual/attracted to women and men (the way she's put it on the show is that she's figuring herself out). She brings on the girl she started dating pre-show, and the two end the season with rings. This has already generated a ton of commentary—some of it positive, some of it less so—but I'm hopeful. Fingers crossed the show handles it all with grace.
The pair already have a photo together, although the caption was vague and made no mention of any show-related future (obv):
On the show, Demi wept with joy when Kristian came on, and the two immediately began dating exclusively—it was so sweet to see. It's unclear how much Demi knew about her girlfriend's entrance, but the setup was crystal clear. She'd been dating someone, she was trying to get "clarity" in BiP (lol), and we know where her arc is headed.
There's a wedding—for two former contestants.
It would be a quick turnaround for a couple to meet, get engaged, and then get married in the span of about six weeks (although, I bet one day it'll totally happen). No, these are two guest stars: Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson, former villains who dated and got engaged on a previous BiP season. According to People, they come back to the show that brought them together to make it official. and the pictures are really sweet:
According to Krystal, "We had quite a few Bachelor Nation members attend. Jade and Tanner, Ashley and Jared, Angela, Chelsea and Annaliese, Josh Murray, Heather and Katie from Colton's season. Everyone was having a great time together." It's also where Connor and Whitney (more on them below) met and hit it off for the first time.
One couple goes to overnights—but they don't end up together.
Clay Harbor and Nicole Lopez-Alvar apparently make it pretty far this season, even making it all the way to the overnight dates. But, at the end of the show, when it comes time for the couples to decide if they want to pursue a future together, Nicole breaks it off with Clay because he doesn't seem as serious about her. As in, he won't say the "L" word or propose (sorry, Nicole). And there haven't been any spoilers about them hooking up after the show—according to reunion show spoilers she's dating someone new—so I think the breakup might be real.
This is Clay:
And this is Nicole:
Clay was a huge favorite from his Bachelorette season and left because of an injury, much to Becca's devastation. Nicole was known for being a bit dramatic in her season of The Bachelor, and deliberately poked fun at her own reputation of crying a whole bunch during "Woman Tell All." I get why she might be a good fit for BiP, TBH. I need to see the couple in action to really know if they were a good fit together, but at least as far as Clay is concerned, I think lots of Bachelor Nation fans would love to see him again on a show, so maybe this just means he has a future on next season's BiP.
Connor Saeli and Whitney Fransway are together off the show.
Two of the guests who are brought on to BiP later have a sweet ending. Connor came on hoping Whitney would be there (they met pre-show) and eventually left because she wasn't. Immediately, Whitney comes on the show (lol, producers), sees Connor isn't there, and leaves to be with him. Young love!!
So what about everyone else?
What's interesting about the coupled-up list above is who's not on it, i.e., most everyone else. This isn't exactly surprising, but since the show still has a lot of episodes left, some of the contestants' relationships go in a direction that I don't think any of us are expecting at this point. Here's how it shakes out:
- No love for Blake Horstmann—he gets into a huge romantic entanglement this season, as is already starting to be shown on air. He and Kristina Schulman end up giving each other friendship roses for a while, then he decides he might want to give their relationship another go. Then Kristina dumps him before overnights—oops. And we finally say goodbye to one of the crazier situations in BiP history.
- Nothing for Kevin Fortenberry, Onyeka Ehie, Derek Peth, Cam Ayala (lol), Sydney Lotuaco, or Wills Reid from the original cast of BiP. Also, nothing for Jane Averbukh, Annaliese Puccini, or Bibiana Julian—they get eliminated night one.
- Of the guests that we know about, several come out of BiP without a relationship either: Matt Donald (the farmer from Hannah's season), Jordan Kimball (Becca’s season), Mike Johnson (Hannah’s season), Christian Estrada (Becca’s season), Tahzjuan Hawkins (Colton’s season), Haley Ferguson (Ben’s season), Jen Saviano (Ben's season), Caitlin Clemmens (Colton’s season), Chase McNary (JoJo’s season), Luke Stone (Hannah’s season), Revian Chang (Colton’s season), and Bri Barnes (Colton’s season). Some of them find connections, but nothing committed or long-term.
Fingers crossed happy endings are still out there for the contestants—or at least more romantic craziness in future shows. Here's every spoilery thing we know about this season of BiP.
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