Kristian Haggerty: Who Is Demi Burnett's Girlfriend? (And Should They Both Be Kicked Off Bachelor In Paradise?)

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With the possible exception of the one-and-done Bachelor Winter Games (We bet even you Bachelor Nation diehards forgot about that one!), there's no messier show in the Chris Harrison Television Universe than Bachelor In Paradise.

Last year, BIP producers were forced to suspend production following an accusation of sexual assault on set.

Derek and Demi

This season, two of the show's douchier contestants were already sent home after a heated altercation turned violent.

And now, viewers are deeply divided over the scandal that's been dubbed (by us) Demi-gate.

Before the current season began, we learned that Demi Burnett had come out as queer and her same-sex relationship would be featured on the show.

Burnett faced the anticipated blowback from homophobic jackasses on social media, but the debate among denizens of Bachelor Nation these days has less to do with her sexuality than with her qualifications for appearing on the show.

Demi Burnett Smiles

After all, if -- by her own admission -- Demi is not single, should she really be starring in a series where being unattached is literally the only requirement?

Former BiP victor Tanner Tolbert even went so far as to compare Demi to Jed Wyatt, the skeezy BS artist who revealed he had a girlfriend waiting at home only after he proposed to Hannah Brown.

Obviously, there are some major differences between the two situations.

Still, it's not hard to see why fans might be a bit confused by the fact that a BiP cast member brought her girlfriend to Mexico.

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Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty

Yes, Demi's partner Kristian Haggerty showed up on the beach on Tuesday's episode. 

And many viewers are calling for both to be deported back to America.

Their reasoning is that neither of the ladies is single, and unlike the rest of the cast, Kristian has no prior experience in the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.

We'll address the latter issue first by pointing out that Kristian is not the first Bachelor newcomer to pop up in Paradise.

Demi Burnett, Girlfriend

Ashley Iaconetti famously brought her sister along for the ride, and if you ask us, bringing a family member on a show that's all about getting laid is waaaay weirder than ... well, anything, really.

So who is Kristian?

Well, she's a former model and actress who got her business degree in 2014 and has dedicated herself to a career behind the camera ever since.

As for why Demi's situation is so different, from Jed's -- did we mention homeboy got freakin' engaged before he came clean?

Sure, Demi's current case is a little unusual, but last we checked, this is Bachelor in Paradise, not the Olympics -- a little rule-breaking should be tolerated.

Some of y'all took that Winter Games title too literally.

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