‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Stars Chris Bukowski & Katie Morton Praised For Getting Real About Their Relationship

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Bachelor in Paradise stars Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton are updating fans on the status of their relationship after a rocky reunion on the ABC reality show.

After getting engaged on the Bachelor in Paradise finale, Katie showed up to the reunion taping without her Neil Lane sparkler. That set the tone for an awkward exchange after she opened up about the couple’s private business to the audience.

Katie revealed that she had hoped when she watched the show later, that she would see how much Chris loved her. However, that wasn’t the case. She also talked about the couple in the past tense, and claimed she was “exhausted” from all of the effort she has to put into the relationship. That being said, she later put her ring back on after Chris joined her onstage.

Outside of the taping, cameras followed Chris to a parking lot as he accused Katie of blindsiding him on camera. Chris stormed off as Katie defended her decision to tell her truth. It did not look good for the couple, but there may not be trouble in paradise after all.

After the episode aired, Bachelor spoiler king Reality Steve took to Twitter to confirm: “The reunion show filmed August 27th. Chris and Katie are still together today.”

In addition, Us Weekly noted that Chris and Katie watched the finale together at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night.

Both Chris and Katie posted updates to Instagram to explain that love is not easy, but is worth the effort.

“Love is tough. Love is beautiful. Most importantly love is patient,” Chris captioned a photo of himself feeding a slice of pizza to Katie. “Sometimes you need a shock to the system to put a fire under your a**. What I felt then I feel even more now. I love you @katieemo and can’t wait to feed you pizza for the rest of our lives.”

Katie also posted to Instagram to give an update on the couple’s difficulty journey after leaving Paradise and getting back into the real world.

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As you’ve seen..It’s been the furthest from easy. From the decision to take the leap onto the beach, navigating what was real and staying true to myself, and my world that spun out afterward. None of it has been a walk in the park. BUT I’ve learned, a lot. I’ve learned to be more direct, how to challenge myself and others, I’ve learned that I’m empathetic to a fault, that love languages are so important to understanding others, that self sabotage can be found in many forms, and BOY have I learned what patience looks like. But most of all, I’ve learned that happiness isn’t something to look for in your partner. Your partner can make you laugh but your partner is not responsible for your happiness. Happiness is found within and sharing that with each other is what lights up a room! Communication is the link to everything, which is something we sure did LACK in paradise and shortly after. It took us a few months to really get our bearings (especially with some exceptional and unexpected challenges). I know none of you will truly understand why things are the way they are but I ask that you trust me and support me as I navigate this new world of mine. Because I’m happy with me and we are finally happy with us. We have grown so much in our friendship and now in our relationship since that day. Like I said to both of our parents and I will say to you- I can’t promise you this relationship will be perfect (it won’t be/ it isn’t) and I can’t promise we will last forever. Honestly, some relationships don’t last after 20 years and some do, that’s life. But what I can promise you is that I take this seriously, won’t lose myself, I will always try my best, I will always keep it real, and we will have each other’s backs. Thank you for following us through this journey of hope, faith, all of the next phases of life and more importantly - love ♥️ cheers to an effing INSANE adventure

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While some commenters noted that new love shouldn’t be this much “work,” many more fans and friends praised the duo for being the most “real” couple this season on Bachelor in Paradise.

Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton were one of three couples to get engaged on Bachelor in Paradise this season, as The Inquisitr reported. Dylan Barbour proposed to Hannah Godwin, and Demi Burnett asked girlfriend Kristian Haggerty to marry her on the season finale of the ABC reality show.