"I'm a big proponent of therapy, so I feel like our relationship is great, and this is just the thing to take it to the next level, especially when you are talking about marrying somebody in the future."
E! News reported about two weeks later the pair had reportedly split in order to focus on themselves and quiet public backlash, but during an October 2021 appearance on The Bachelorette alum Becca Kufrin's "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast, Pieper denied the breakup report and set the record straight.
"That's just all they are, is rumors," Pieper said at the time.
"I mean, I can understand [with] Brendan unfollowing me [on Instagram] and that kind of thing why people maybe came to the conclusion that we split. But we're still together."
Pieper said she and Brendan intentionally kept their romance under wraps after leaving Paradise together.
"The reason we didn't choose to go public [with our post-show romance] like everybody else on the show was just because, obviously, our experience was a little bit different. We tainted our own experience in that way," Pieper explained.
Bachelor in Paradise appeared to catch Brendan using Natasha Parker as a placeholder while waiting for Pieper -- whom he apparently dated for about two months "without labels" before filming began -- to arrive in Paradise last summer.
Brendan, while covering his microphone on the beach, admitted to "incriminating" himself by essentially admitting to Pieper he had downplayed their pre-Paradise romance to other cast members and had to do "certain things" in the process to ensure they could reunite on the beach in Mexico.
Pieper and Brendan were also taped talking about their influencer status and the number of social-media followers they had prior to the show.
Natasha, who developed strong feelings for Brendan along the way, called the bachelor "a liar" and "manipulative" clout-chaser considering Brendan had insisted he and Pieper just had a "super casual" fling back home and only hung out twice before the show.
"So we are kind of working on ourselves and each other, and we're focusing on being a couple before taking that public," Pieper continued on the podcast last year. "Because obviously, this hasn't been an easy thing to go through."
Once the footage aired of Brendan betraying Natasha, he lost more than 100,000 Instagram followers and Pieper's follower count dropped about 9,000. As for Natasha, she gained nearly 400,000 followers, Entertainment Tonight reported.
"There's a lot of flaws in seeing what played out... Seeing it all play out [is a lot]," Pieper acknowledged. "But we're together... That's where we stand right now."
Several Bachelor in Paradise 7 cast members, including Demi Burnett, told Brendan and Pieper to leave the show if they had any "dignity" left, which resulted in Brendan complaining his co-stars were making "a pathetic attempt to intimidate" him.
But since they were not wanted on the beach and the environment had become toxic, Brendan and Pieper left the beach on their own terms and said they'd continue their relationship at home.
Pieper told Becca on her podcast last year that all the Paradise drama actually strengthened the bond she has with Brendan.
"We were dealing with conflict kind of with each other but also from an outside perspective. It did make us stronger [because] right away, we knew how we both communicated in arguments... and how we dealt with, like, exterior bad things," she said.