The Bachelor Alum Demi Burnett Says She’s Been Sober For 5 Months And Has “An Emotional Breakdown Every Few Hours”

Demi Burnett of The Bachelor Nation came forward with a vulnerable and honest Instagram post over the weekend. Fans of The Bachelor may remember Demi for going home early during the 23rd season of the show. After expressing her growing love for contestant Colton Underwood, Demi was crushed to learn these feelings were not reciprocated. Demi has appeared on two more seasons of Bachelor in Paradise and The Celebrity Dating Game since that time.

Demi’s Instagram grid is covered in photos of her in amazing clothing, with amazing hair, in seemingly amazing places. Over the weekend, however, she chose to make a more accurate post about how and what she is doing. Demi shared a picture of herself from the nose up while laying on the couch. She’s wearing glasses and a hoodie. She wrote, “This is gunna be the hardest thing to ever post and I’m so embarrassed but imma be real. My ego is livid.” Love to see a reality stars REAL REALITY though.

“Happy New Year this is me 24/7 I’m not doing anything to envy I’m not “happy” I’m not social,” the former Bachelor contestant wrote. Demi explained, “I’m constantly thinking and crying and trying to figure everything out. Countless hours blaming myself for everything that’s caused pain.”

Demi also revealed that she is now living a sober lifestyle. She shared, “I haven’t had a sip of alcohol in 5 months. I’m talking to a psychiatrist on Monday. I’m having an emotional breakdown every few hours. I’m feeling pretty shit/overwhelmed most of the time. BUT I KNOW I AM GROWING EVEN IF IT HURTS IT IS WORTH IT.” Proud of this one.

Demi is sharing parts of her lives that I think more people than not have experienced. While this isn’t the image most select when going into the ‘reality’ space, it’s one we could probably use a little bit more of.


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While sharing her current status, Demi also gave out advice to her friends or anyone who knows someone going through something similar. She said, “please don’t text me saying I need to get out more. I know u mean well but it’s not helpful and it makes me feel ashamed. This version of me (the one who stays in and avoids people) is who I have suppressed my entire life. I find comfort in exploring my head so much that it’s my preference to be alone. I can only ever truly be myself when I am alone. No more camouflage.”


[Photo Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin]