Bachelor in Paradise hit a major shake-up this week when Hannah Brown — just weeks out from the ending of her season of The Bachelorette — showed up on the beach. Since she both starred in Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor and helmed her own season of The Bachelorette, she definitely has the most connections with both the men and the women on the beach coming into the show, and everyone was immediately confused as to Hannah’s intentions coming into Paradise. It’s safe to say that Hannah B.’s appearance on Bachelor in Paradise had everyone shook.
Season 14’s Becca Kufrin was actually the first Bachelorette to visit Paradise, entering when her former contestant Colton Underwood was struggling with the pressure of committing to a relationship. She gave Colton a pep talk to uplift his mood, and Hannah entered Season 6 of Paradise with a similar mission. Although she took the time to say hello to her Bachelor friends and her own contestants, she wanted to take BFF Demi Burnett aside for a serious talk.
In case you missed it, Demi popped up twice on Hannah’s Bachelorette season to help her weed out dishonest contestants (yes, they could’ve done a better job). Fans grew so accustomed to their friendship that it felt like second nature when Hannah joined Demi for her Paradise intro in Episode 1. Demi then came out as queer to Hannah, saying she had been dating a woman but felt uneasy about labeling the relationship. She was heading to Paradise with her options open, and although Demi had told other contestants about her past, Hannah’s arrival definitely signified something big.
Before Hannah entered, Demi felt particularly torn between her girlfriend and fellow contestant Derek Peth. "I feel really self-conscious about everything going on with me," Demi confided to another contestant. "I need to figure my sh*t out."
"I don’t have Kristian around me," Demi said in an interview, referring to her girlfriend. "It’s easy for people exploring options here because all of their options are here, and one of my options is not here. That’s where it gets a little difficult for me."
Hannah B. to the rescue! Taking Demi aside, she told cameras, "She let me know about her relationship with Kristian, who’s a woman. I could tell that relationship was something significant for her but she still decide to come and do this. I want to see where her head’s at with this."
Demi filled Hannah in on telling Derek about Kristian, and Hannah pointed out that Derek’s support meant that he was mature and invested. On the other hand, Demi felt similarly about Kristian. "They’re both so good for me," she told Hannah. "I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what I want."
Hannah’s willingness to talk through things with Demi encouraged the latter to come clean about her true feelings to Derek. It turns out, her relationship back at home was way more serious than she thought.
Season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise continues at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 20, on ABC.
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