Are Corinne Olympios & DeMario Jackson Dating? The ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Stars Were Spotted Holding Hands At Disneyland
Just because Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 has wrapped, that doesn't mean that the series' stars have stopped making headlines. In fact, the two most infamous cast members, Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, were spotted at Disneyland on Monday, and judging by photos, they didn't try to hide away from the attention. On Tuesday, TMZ reported that the BiP alums were "Hooking Up Again This Time At Disneyland." The photos show the twosome holding hands, so they didn't "hook up" in the sense that anything even remotely sexual happened at the theme park, but hand holding while walking around is not something that most friends do.
So, was it a daytime date or was it just two people who happen to live in the Los Angeles area taking a casual trip to Disneyland? Well, Corinne has already spoken out about the many photos that were taken of the two (there is a full slideshow on TMZ), and she says that they're just friends.
"DeMario and I are close friends," Corinne told Entertainment Tonight. "We are not dating. We were hanging out with a group at Disneyland, and I have no problem holding hands with any of my friends. Since things with Bachelor in Paradise wound down, DeMario and I talk almost every day. We both know neither of us made the complaint that started everything, so why wouldn't we be friends? We've been able to move forward and he's like a brother to me."
So, Corinne and DeMario are just friends, but is she dating anyone at all? Corinne already had love interest at home when she initially met DeMario on the BiP set. She was dating a man named Jordan Gielchinsky, who spoke to E! News in June after the investigation into BiP concluded and found no evidence of misconduct. He said at the time, "I have known Corinne for over 10 years and as a friend or boyfriend, she will continue to receive my unwavering loyalty and support until I decide that there is a legitimate reason not to give it."
That all seems to be in the past now, though, and not because she was seen with DeMario. Corinne admitted that she is seeing someone else to reporters in August, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We are not together anymore," Corinne said of Jordan. "I am seeing someone else."
Now, it looks as though that someone else is definitely not her former cast mate DeMario, and her post-Disneyland comments are not the first time she has spoken out about them being just friends. In early September, Corinne spoke about her reunion with DeMario after leaving Bachelor in Paradise in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. She said, "We’re friends. We’re hanging out. He picked me up from the airport, we went to dinner. We’re cool. Really cool." The pair were also photographed reuniting after the show and paparazzi snapped DeMario picking up Corinne and her kissing him on the cheek.
Corinne also revealed to ET that she and DeMario talked through a lot: "It was really relieving. A lot of my unanswered questions were really answered. There were just a lot of questions I had about why he ran to the press so fast, I was like, ‘We could’ve handled this totally privately...'"
On top of that, on September 20, Corinne, DeMario, and Corinne's younger sister, Taylor Olympios, had dinner at TAO in Hollywood. Us Weekly reports that Corinne told photographers who spotted them, “We’re friends.”
Corinne has repeatedly stated that she and DeMario are just friends, and it's pretty clear that they have nothing to hide when it comes to going out and getting photographed together.