The four remaining couples will decide if they’re ready to get engaged after a night in the fantasy suites during the Sept. 17 ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ finale. Follow along as it all goes down!
The Bachelor in Paradise finale kicks off with the fantasy suite dates. Katie Morton admittedly still has “no clarity” about where Chris Bukowski stands. He assures her that he’s falling in love with her and wants a future with her, which leaves her feeling completely relieved. Dylan Barbour reiterates to Hannah Godwin that he’s “insanely” in love with her, and she admits that there’s “not a doubt in [her] mind” that she wants to be with him forever. Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty agree that they’ve changed each other’s lives and can’t imagine a future without the other in it.
Clay Harbor admits that, even though he’s falling in love with Nicole Lopez-Alvar, he still has reservations. He isn’t positive that he’s 100% sure that he’s ready for Nicole to uproot her life for him outside of Paradise. Clay also tells Nicole that he thinks they have “more to explore” before he’ll be ready propose. She’s blindsided by his doubts and is left frustrated when he says he wants to spend the night separately so they can “think about” things. While the other three couples take their overnight dates, Nicole is left in tears.
At the final rose ceremony, Clay admits that he’s still not ready to say I love you to Nicole. He wants to take things slow and see what a relationship is like off-camera. Unfortunately, that’s not enough for her — she wants to be loved as much as she loves him. She ends the relationship and runs off crying.
Chris admits that he loves Katie, but says he’s going to decide in the moment if he’s ready to actually propose. The second he sees her, he lights up, and when he gets in front of Katie, he gushes about all of his feelings for her. Finally, he gets down on one knee, and she’s sobbing happy tears as she accepts his proposal.
Next up is Dylan and Hannah. Dylan is without a doubt ready to propose, but he isn’t sure that Hannah’s ready. She tells him that she’s a little hesitant because of how she’s been burned in the past, but after Dylan expresses just how confident he is in their future, she lets him know that she trusts him “1 million percent,” and she happily accepts his proposal when he gets down on one knee.
Finally, there’s Demi and Kristian. Demi is certain that she loves Kristian because she tried to push her away so many times and Kristian never faltered. She wants Kristian in her life forever, but admits to feeling pressure about whether or not she’s “enough” for Kristian. By the final rose ceremony, though, Demi is fully committed to spending her life with Kristian, and she proposes to her. Obviously, Kristian accepts.
Now, it’s time to catch up with everyone at the reunion special. Derek Peth and John Paul Jones continue to argue over whether or not Derek admitted to hooking up with girls who slid into his DMs. JPJ says he feels it was “unfortunate” that his fight with Derek played out at Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson’s wedding, but refuses to apologize for it. Meanwhile, Tahzjuan Hawkins attempts to explain to Haley Ferguson why she called her a ‘pigeon.’ She says it was just a metaphor, but Haley is still super confused about why Taj had issues with her.
Jordan Kimball and Christian Estrada address the fight that got them kicked off the show. Jordan says he “reacted in self defense” after Christian put an elbow to his face. Christian taunts Jordan to apologize to him, and calls him a “b****” when he doesn’t want to. The guys refuse to put their issues behind them.
Hannah and Tayshia Adams also attempt to hash out their beef. Tayshia admits she was confused that Hannah spent time with Blake in her hometown before Paradise and decided to keep it from everyone. Hannah explains that she and Blake didn’t come into the show with a preconceived “pact” to be together. However, Tayshia wishes that she knew more about what happened beforehand.
Caelynn Miller-Keyes apologizes to Connor Saeli for not being open with him about how strong her feelings were for Dean Unglert. She explains that she simply would’ve regretted not taking the risk with Dean if she didn’t leave with him. They’re still together, while Connor announces that he’s happily still dating Whitney Fransway, who chased after him when he left Paradise, as well.
Finally, it’s Blake Horstmann’s turn in the hot seat, where he discusses hooking up with Caelynn and Kristina Schulman on back-to-back nights at Stagecoach and more. Blake admits that he knew things were going to be bad for him on Paradise, but he says he wasn’t trying to keep any of his hookups a secret. He continues to defend himself for releasing his private texts with Caelynn, but he can’t seem to understand why she felt so violated by it. Caelynn breaks down in tears, while the majority of the cast defends her against Blake. Eventually, he apologizes and vows to learn from his mistakes.
Next, Tayshia Adams is in the hot seat, where she reveals she had a change of heart about her feelings for John Paul Jones after dumping him during last week’s episode. She rushes to his home in Maryland to express her feelings, and lets him know that she wants to explore things with him. John Paul Jones is more than happy to give it another try, and he asks her to be his girlfriend. She accepts, and back at the reunion show, they’re still happily together!
Finally, it’s time for an update on the final couples. First up: Chris and Katie, where Katie reveals that things aren’t going great in the relationship. She says they’re still engaged, but she’s not wearing her ring at the moment because there’s so much ‘push and pull’ in the relationship. Katie feels like she’s putting in more effort than Chris, and not getting what she deserves in return. In the end, he assures her that he’s ready to make this work and make her feel special, so she puts her ring back on and they agree to work on things. However, they clearly still have some issues to work out.
Dylan and Hannah came forward for an update next. They’re still happily together, and Hannah is moving to California so they can live closer to each other. Ah, for things to just be happy and simple, right?! Demi and Kristian are also still madly in love. Demi also moved to L.A. to be closer to Kristian. After listing all the things they love about each other, Kristian proposes to Demi to reciprocate Demi getting down on one knee on the beach.
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