If you have been watching ABC for a long, you might have come across a television show called The Bachelor. Actually, you are likely to have heard of it even if you haven’t been a big fan of reality television or ABC. A name you must have heard from The Bachelor is that of Demi Burnett. Burnett is remembered for being the first to bring same-sex relationships on the platform.
Another thing that is remembered, especially among her haters, is her mother. Burnett’s mother served a prison sentence, a fact which served as fodder for hater attacks. Burnett herself reported threats received from people, containing hateful ideas about her and thrashing her mother specifically.
Now as to why her mother ended up going to jail, find answers below.
Who is Demi Burnett?
Demi Gabrielle Elizabeth Burnett was born on 21st February 1995. She is an American television personality who received national recognition after appearing as a contestant on the 23rd season of the show The Bachelor. She ended up being eliminated by Colton Underwood during week 6 of the show. After being eliminated from the show, she made an appearance on the sixth season of Bachelor in Paradise in August 2019. She was also a guest star on the 15th season of the spinoff series The Bachelorette. In 2021, Burnett returned to reality television for the seventh season of Bachelor in Paradise.
The Bachelor is an American dating and relationship reality television series that debuted on the ABC network on 25th March 2002. For the first 25 seasons, the show's host was Chris Harrison. The Bachelor eventually became the flagship for its franchise, this success resulted in several spin-offs including The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, and more, as well as producing many international versions of the shows.
On September 28, 2021, the series was renewed for a 26th season with season five bachelor contestant Jesse Palmer returning to the Bachelor franchise, now as a host. On May 13, 2022, ABC renewed the series for a 27th season.
Demi graduated from Red Oak High School in 2013 after which she attended college at Texas State University, where she became a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. While Burnett was busy filming The Bachelor, her mother Tina was incarcerated for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Burnett and Haggerty
During the first episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Burnett revealed that she had been "casually dating a woman". The woman, Kristian Haggerty, made a surprise appearance on the show and ended up joining it to continue her relationship on screen with Burnett in Bachelor in Paradise. This would mark the couple as the franchise's first homosexual on-air relationship. During the season finale, Burnett and Haggerty ended up engaged. In September 2019, Burnett made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she stated that she was afraid to come out not just on national television, but also to people she knew in real life. In October 2019, Burnett and Haggerty ended their relationship.
In January 2020, she appeared on episode three of the 24th season of The Bachelor to host a group date for the contestants fighting to win over bachelor Peter Weber.
In February 2022, Burnett revealed that she had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and prefers being called “autistic".
Why Did Burnett’s Mother Go To Prison?
Tina Jean Jordan, Burnett’s mom, was incarcerated for 18 months at FMC Carswell Federal Prison in Texas for conspiracy to commit bank fraud. This wasn’t the first time she ran in with the law.
During an early episode of The Bachelors, Burnett was filmed having a conversation with her mother, who was serving time in jail for this felony at the time of the call. In the premiere of the 23rd season of The Bachelor, Demi got a call that began with “this call is from a federal prison.” She proceeded to chat with Tina regarding her release date.
According to a report by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP), Jordan was released on 23rd November 2018, which was shortly after The Bachelor finished filming. She was sentenced to 18 months at FMC Carswell prison in Texas on 24th July 2017, however, she was allowed to spend the last six months of her sentence in a halfway house, as reported by Life & Style.
According to another report by Life & Style, Jordan served time in prison back in 2007 for embezzlement, as well as a slew of other charges over the years, which included violating her probation, committing grand theft, and committing forgery.
Jordan also filed for bankruptcy in New Mexico in 2000.
Burnett’s Relationship with her mother
After Burnett spoke with her mother about her release date she told the cameras that her mom is “actually going to get out very soon”. She hoped that the next time she saw her would be with Colton Underwood, the season’s bachelor. She also shared her mother’s imprisonment with Underwood and says that, although her mother might be “messed up,” she loves her very much.
Criticism of Tina’s Imprisonment
Burnett made a statement to US Weekly that many of her “haters” had been trying to hurt her by saying she would end up in prison like her mom. She claimed that though she had received a huge amount of support, some people had tried to put her down by making statements about her mother's imprisonment. She says that such things didn't faze her at all.
She continued to claim that the reason haters say that is just because she’s scandalous. She reported that a lot of people came out and thanked her for speaking up. She claims that people are grateful to her saying, ”I have a parent in prison too and nobody ever talks about it or understands it”.
Imprisonment for the Third time
Burnett says that after she was on The Bachelor, her mother ended up going back to prison for a third time for violating probation or failing a drug test. Jordan was scheduled to be released in May 2020.
While appearing on the Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous podcast (hosted by former Bachelor Nation stars Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti), Burnett opened up about her unstable relationship with her mother. The latter has been in and out of prison since she was a kid.
She called her childhood "interesting" saying that she never really talked about it. Her father was a single dad after her mother moved away. She calls him a fantastic father who was always taking care of his children. Her mother Tina was always "somewhere out there."
She continued saying that growing up her life and relationship with her mother was never stable. She added that they never knew when they were going to see her.
Burnett says that the family never knew what was going on with her mother. Her mother Tina was heavily involved with drugs; as Burnett said, she was "messed up on men."
Burnett was still very young when her mother went to prison for the first time. Her father tried to keep the truth from her and didn’t exactly tell her what was going on at the time.
She went on to call herself a "super adorable little blonde girl" that was always running around. She believes that the story of her mother going to prison was probably the last thing her father wanted to tell her.
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