Danielle L.’s Comments About Kristina & Dean On ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Make It Clear There’s Nothing To Blame Her For

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Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise only premiered two weeks ago, but there's already serious relationship drama — and even a love triangle. Despite the fact that Kristina Schulman and Dean Unglert had been spending a lot of time together, when Danielle Lombard arrived on the scene, things really took a turn. Now, Danielle is opening up about the Kristina/Dean situation, and her words only emphasize that Dean is the one to blame here for any hurt feelings, not the ladies he's been juggling.

On Tuesday night's episode, Danielle joined the cast, and immediately asked Dean out with her first date card. Since she and Dean had been getting close and they had traveled together during the production shutdown, Kristina was blindsided, and Dean's unwillingness to talk about serious stuff with her didn't help matters much. In the end, Kristina was heartbroken when Dean walked away from her to spend time with Danielle, and she ended up back in her room in tears.

But in an interview with Us Weekly on Wednesday, Danielle cleared up her side of the story, and according to her, she had no idea how serious things had been between Kristina and Dean, and that since Kristina didn't say anything to her about their budding relationship, she assumed it was safe to ask him out.

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Danielle said,

After so many fans fell in love with Dean on Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette, it's hard to imagine he could ever be careless with anyone's feelings. Although he did tell Kristina he didn't want to get too serious too quickly, his actions spoke differently, and it sounds like he could have been more clear.

Danielle added:

After they talked about it, Dean was cuddling Kristina at the campfire... and then got up to bring Danielle a surprise half-birthday cake. There were a lot of mixed messages there, and it's no wonder that Kristina was so confused. It wasn't Danielle's job to not date Dean, it was Dean's job to end things with Kristina without giving her a false sense about what their relationship really was. Instead, she felt like he was still interested in her, and why wouldn't she? He was sitting next to her with his arm around her, but then he ran off to find Danielle.

On The Bachelorette, Dean was shown avoiding serious conversations, like when he asked Rachel what her favorite dinosaur was instead of discussing their future, so it's really not surprising that not much has changed since then. Danielle is right: Transparency was absolutely necessary here, and Dean dropped the ball. According to Danielle, Kristina didn't speak up about her feelings, either, so what was she supposed to do? The blame can't be placed on her for pursuing someone she's interested in.

There's always next week, and there's still a chance Dean will step up and do the right thing. But if he doesn't, it's not Kristina or Danielle's fault that they got caught in an unfair situation that Dean created.