DEMI Burnett has faced fan backlash for making a controversial joke about her ex Colton Underwood coming out as gay.
The Bachelor in Paradise star first emerged in the spotlight during season 23 of The Bachelor but was sent home by Colton, 29, in week six.
Demi, 26, faced rejection yet again during Monday’s episode of the ABC show, after inviting contestant Brendan Morais on a one-on-one date.
After expressing positive feelings towards one another and sharing a steamy kiss, Brendan told the blonde he was hoping to “talk to other people, go on other dates, and see if our paths cross again along this journey.”
The reality star was shocked as she told cameras she felt “weird, very uncomfortable” and like her “ego was very bruised” by her co-star’s “rejection.”
“I feel like confused, I feel rejected. I don’t know I’m pissed the f**k off honestly. I don’t understand where that conversation came from.
“This has never happened to me before. Except for Colton, and that was brutal. But he was gay!” she ranted.
However, fans were not pleased with the outburst as they slammed Demi for the diss.
“Demi’s comment on Colton being gay seemed a little bit like a dig and as the only other out lgbt+ person in bachelor Nation, you’d think she’d be a bit more sensitive but she seems to be expressing some light internalized homophobia this episode. #BachelorinParadise,” one expressed.
“Demi brought up Colton’s sexuality for no other reason than to make y’all laugh on twitter for her own clout, and y’all really falling for it,” another claimed.
A third reasoned: “Not Demi calling out Colton’s sexuality for why he rejected her #BachelorInParadise.”
“What is Demi’s deal?!? The comment about Colton should have stayed in her head. #BachelorInParadise,” a fourth shared.
A final viewer asked: “Demi just brought up Colton being gay…. for what??#BachelorinParadise.”
LIVING HIS TRUTH
Colton Underwood came out as gay in April of 2021 as he confessed to Good Morning America: “I’ve run from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time.”
After years of feeling like he “would’ve rather died” than live his truth, he felt it was time to be “honest” with himself and the public.
On Monday night’s episode, it was revealed that Brendan dumped Demi because he was secretly dating Pieper James from season 25 of The Bachelor.
The fan-favorite from Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette has now flipped after viewers accused him of willingly entering a love triangle.
After first focusing on Natasha Parker from Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, the 31-year-old shocked the entire group when he agreed to go on a one-on-one date with Demi.
The pair took a fun jet ski ride and enjoyed a romantic lunch on a private beach.
After heavily flirting with her potential suitor, Demi told him: “I want to kiss you,” as she then leaned in for a smooch.
Despite his initial hesitation, Brendan went all-in on a steamy makeout session with the blonde.
Afterward, Demi shared her feelings towards her co-star, which were left unreciprocated as he told her he wanted to “see where things go” if their “paths cross again” in the future.
She then referred to him as a “player” and they returned to the beach disappointed.
“I think I misjudged Brendan. He tries to come off as such a nice, innocent guy but he’s really such a player,” she seethed.