Are Dean & Caelynn From 'Bachelor in Paradise' Still Together Now?
This season of Bachelor in Paradise was filled with ups and down (looking at you, Blake), but easily one of the most surprising moments was when Dean Unglert returned to the beach to ask Caelynn Miller-Keyes for a second chance (after dumping her on her birthday like a gentleman).
To everyone's surprise, Caelynn ditched tall boy Connor in favor of the man with a van and the two walked off into the sunset to start their post-Paradise life together. But what happened after that? Are Dean and Caelynn still together now?
In short, yes! Dean himself confirmed on his podcast, Help! I Suck At Dating, that his relationship with Caelynn today is "great," referring to her as his "girlfriend."
"We've traveled a bunch together. As individuals, we're pretty different," he said. "We're working on her adventurous side."
"Things are going well," he continued. "I went back to the show to show that I'm committed to figuring it out."
After doing a little digging on social media, here's who we think is still going strong post-Paradise.
But before this confirmation, fans were already onto Dean and Caelynn's secret. Read on for all of the clues that Dean and Caelynn dropped about their relationship.
Clue 1: Travel buddies
Back in July, fans were quick to notice that Dean and Caelynn both shared separate photos from Spain on the very same day, which could prove that they may have been traveling together. Rookie mistake.
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i took a lot of time to think about whether or not i wanted to do this. it’s been a dream of mine ever since i was a kid and i always told myself it was something i’d have to do. however, as an adult, this tradition doesn’t perfectly align with my ideals. there’s a lot that’s wrong about running with the bulls. but bull fighting and running is a long standing Spanish tradition, one that helps define their culture and, as a traveler, i respect it and wanted to be able to dive in. there were moments where i felt out of place and a little uncomfortable but overall it was a great day and i’m glad i was able to experience it first hand. all that said, i’d love to hear your thoughts! is this something you’d do? why or why not?
In Dean's pic, shared on July 10, he's seen at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and in Caelynn's pic, she's giggling in Barcelona, with the sarcastic caption, "I'm clearly hating my time in Spain."
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It didn't take long for fans to figure out what was (likely) going on.
"I just put two and two together... SHE WAS WITH DEAN HERE AT THE SAME FREAKING TIME!" one fan commented, while another added, "Yes!!!! I knew it. #caelynnanddean."
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Clue 2: Social media love
Despite not being able to come forward about the status of their relationship, both Caelynn and Dean have shared plenty of flirtatious social media posts about one another.
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To coincide with their departure from the show on September 9, Caelynn shared a series of romantic photos with Dean, along with the caption, "They say you don’t know a good thing till it’s gone... I think it’s time to bring the mustache back @deanie_babies."
Back in August, Dean took to his Instagram to share a GIF of Caelynn giving him a kiss on the cheek with the caption, "When you grow a mustache and move into a van in an effort to effectively remove yourself from the dating pool but then you meet someone who’s into that weird shit."
And then just today, September 10, both Dean and Caelynn took to Instagram to essentially confirm their relationship. With photos of the couple lying in what appears to be a van, Dean wrote, "Sorry we had to leave #bachelorinparadise early, the vantasy suite waits for no one." Caelynn commented on Dean's pic, "Pleasure town..." which essentially proves these guys are very much enjoying one another's company.
Caelynn also shared similar van photos today with the caption, "Lots of ramen, very few showers, and a whole lot of happiness 🚐." Awww, you two.
Clue 3: Defensive dating
Dean was clearly heated after Blake Horstmann released intimate and personal text messages he'd exchanged with Caelynn, and he couldn't help but come to her defense.
Though the show is typically on TV for six weeks, the actually filming process is much shorter.
"A 'public figure' sharing private text messages in an attempt to salvage whatever is left of their fragile ego...calling it childish would be disrespectful to children everywhere," he tweeted.
calling it childish would be disrespectful to children everywhere.
— Dean Michael Unglert (@deanie_babies) August 7, 2019
He also spoke out to Ben Higgins on the Almost Famous podcast and referred to what Blake did as "slut-shaming," adding, "There are a million ways that Blake could have gone about sharing his side of the story and the worst way of those million is by sharing those text messages."
Bachelor in Paradise, Season 6 Finale, Tuesday, September 17, 8/7c, ABC