Bachelor in Paradise just said goodbye to another short-lived cast member, but this one rocked the beach like a hurricane during her short stay on the ABC reality show.
When Tahzjuan Hawkins — a contestant on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor for “two seconds” — showed up in paradise, most of the other cast members had no idea who she was. But Tahzjuan marked her turf very quickly, giving a date card to the John Paul Jones despite the fact that he was thick into his feelings for Tayshia Adams.
Upon her arrival in the paradise digs in Mexico — which, incidentally, took her four plane rides to get to — Tahzjuan announced that she planned to step on any toes needed to get the guys she wanted to date. She also complained about the heat in Mexico as her sweat glands were working overdrive.
Indeed, perhaps it was the heat that caused her meltdown — or not.
After setting her sights on John Paul Jones, Tahzjuan enjoyed a faux dinner and skinnydipping date with him. Yet, when newcomer Haley Ferguson showed up the next day and asked JPJ on another date, Tahzjuan lost it. Not only did Tahzjuan call Haley a “pigeon,” but she later threatened to spit in her wine, according to E! News.
New Bachelor in Paradise Arrival Tahzjuan Is 'Already Crumbling' in Mexico: 'I'm Over This' https://t.co/N3jVE48lwZ
— People (@people) August 23, 2019
Tahzjian spiraled as she watched all the romances forming around her while she sat alone with a melting margarita and complained about the heat and her lonely predicament. After nearly passing out, she asked for guacamole in lieu of Gatorade.
Bachelor in Paradise fans definitely have a love-hate relationship with Tahzjuan, as can be seen by the social media reaction below.
I cannot figure out what is happening with Tahzjuan. Is she drunk? Mean? Joking? Crazy? Just trying to play up her time on TV? What is going on??? #BachelorInParadise
— Bach Bracket (@bachbrack) August 27, 2019
Tahzjuan is upset, I get it. But girl, you’re wasting a perfectly good margarita and that’s NOT OK. #bachelorinparadise
— Katie Devlin (@IAmKatieDevs) August 27, 2019
Tahzjuan crying while eating spaghetti in the pool is a whole mood #bachelorinparadise
— Hayley Cuccinello (@HCuccinello) August 27, 2019
— Robert Castillo (@saucecastillo96) August 27, 2019
Get this Tahzjuan character off my TV immediately. #bachelorinparadise
— Tim (@timfroggy) August 27, 2019
Ok, not knowing anything else about the situation, #BachelorInParadise’s extended time spent on showing Tahzjuan’s apparent meltdown seems exploitative.
— Joy (@Joy_Resmovits) August 27, 2019
We did not know Tahzjuan before today, but we will never forget her from this day forth. I have never in my life seen someone make such magnificent use of one (and one episode only) of reality television. #BIP #bachelorinparadise
— Lauren Zima (@laurenzima) August 27, 2019
Bachelor in Paradise fans definitely saw the unraveled side of Tahzjuan, but away from reality TV cameras — and that Mexican heat — she seems to have it together. Hollywood Life notes that Tahzjuan has worked as a Program Specialist at Lyft and was previously a Business Development Associate for Driver Growth. In addition, she’s working on her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management at Colorado State University after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2015. She also has two dogs.
While Tahzjuan made for some great Bachelor in Paradise moments, her goodbye was anticlimactic. JPJ ultimately gave his rose to Haley, and Tahzjuan Hawkins exited the beach in Mexico with little fanfare. But there’s always the reunion.
Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.