Demi Burnett has been diagnosed with autism and is asking fans to be “open minded.”
The former “Bachelor” star revealed the news via Instagram over the weekend with a series of slides explaining the disorder and how to support an autistic person.
“MAYBE A TRIGGER WARNING I DONT KNOW BUT HEADS UP,” Burnett, 26, wrote in the lengthy caption. “I did a psychological evaluation and I’m autistic. There is a huge stigma when it comes to autism. I encourage you to be open minded and accepting.”
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges, in which the person may interact, behave or learn differently from others, according to the CDC.
“I did a psychological evaluation and I’m autistic,” the “Bachelor” alum wrote on Instagram.Instagram/demi_not_lovato
Burnett said she plans to share more on the story of her “evaluation” and how she “got to this point” at a later date.
“All I want is to have a better quality of life ❤️,” she continued. “I want to make sure anyone who is/was feeling like me can know you really aren’t alone. It can get better! And most importantly it isn’t your fault ❤️.”
Burnett starred on Colton Underwood’s season of “The Bachelor” in 2019. She later returned to the franchise for Season 6 and Season 7 of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
She made history with Kristian Haggerty by becoming the first same-sex couple to ever get engaged on the show. They called off their engagement in October 2019.
Burnett has been part of the “Bachelor” franchise since her debut on Colton Underwood’s season.ABC via Getty Images
Last month, Burnett revealed in a since-deleted Instagram post that she was experiencing emotional breakdowns “every few hours.”
“This is gunna be the hardest thing to ever post and I’m so embarrassed but imma be real,” she wrote at the time, per “Entertainment Tonight.” “My ego is livid. Happy New Year this is me 24/7 I’m not doing anything to envy I’m not ‘happy’ I’m not social.”
She added, “I’m constantly thinking and crying and trying to figure everything out. Countless hours blaming myself for everything that’s caused pain … I’m feeling pretty s**t/overwhelmed most of the time. BUT I KNOW I AM GROWING EVEN IF IT HURTS IT IS WORTH IT.”
In another post shared a few weeks later, Burnett said she was “doing better” after seeking professional help.
“I have wonderful people close to me during this self healing. It’s so important to have people to tell your thoughts to. Your therapist and someone you trust,” she wrote. “I have to remind myself it’s okay to ask the appropriate people for help. And sometimes it’s appropriate to ask your friend to help you think about mango sorbet on a beach instead of all of your worries ❤️🔥.”