'Bachelor in Paradise' spoilers: Are Serena Pitt and Joe Amabile still together? Is the 'Bachelor in Paradise' couple engaged? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/05/2021
Bachelor in Paradise couple Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt seem to be Season 7's strongest couple, so do Joe and Serena go all the way to the Final Rose Ceremony and get engaged on the finale? And what do spoilers reveal about the couple's relationship now -- are they still together?
But Serena came to find out that she loved being around the former grocery-store owner from Chicago, IL, all the time.
Serena and Joe's relationship was a little awkward and "uncomfortable" once Joe's ex-girlfriend of nearly two years, Kendall Long, arrived in Mexico to seek closure with Joe and start a new romance.
But Serena and Joe stayed strong through it all, and Serena said she was willing to risk getting her heartbroken if it meant possibly ending up with Joe.
Kendall, clearly trying to move on from her January 2020 breakup from Joe, attempted to focus her attention on The Bachelorette 16 suitor Ivan Hall, but she couldn't help lasering in on her past and watching Joe's new romance blossom on the beach.
Kendall seemed wrapped up in what she had lost, especially since Joe and Kendall only appeared to split because they couldn't agree on a city in which to live long-term. Kendall could never see herself moving away from her family in Los Angeles, but Joe wanted to return to Chicago, where his own family and friends reside.
Kendall -- who initially appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor -- felt extremely vulnerable and bothered in Paradise.
And one night, Joe surprised Serena with a blanket on the beach covered in lit candles and rose petals. Joe felt like their relationship was "real and comfortable," and he considered Serena to be his girlfriend by that point.
After some playful and flirtatious banter on the blanket, Serena shared with Joe, "I'm falling in love with you."
"I think I'm falling in love with you," Joe replied.
"Really?! No way?! Oh my God!" Serena yelled.
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Serena was "giddy" about her romance with Joe, but Kendall was starting to fall apart.
As Joe and Serena kissed in each other's arms and danced on the beach while embracing, Kendall felt upset and "stressed out."
It hurt Kendall too much, apparently, to watch Joe fall in love with someone else on the same beach where they had fallen in love before on Bachelor in Paradise's fifth season.
"I just feel really detached from everyone... I just don't know how much longer I can do this, for Joe to be thriving and him seeing that I'm not. I'm just painfully vulnerable and I never used to be," Kendall lamented.
When Kendall sat down with Joe to discuss her lingering feelings, he confessed that he truly thought it was "over" between them.
Joe said his relationship with Kendall was "real" and it "worked," but he told the cameras, "If she really wanted me back, she should have told me before I got here and before I started this. Because I really, really loved her."
Joe said he was seriously invested in Serena and what they were building, and so he chose to let Kendall go.
"This is just, like, devastating. It really is. Joe is my person, like, I need a second," Kendall said in her final words, bawling her eyes out.
"I was in a real relationship with Joe and I came back where it all started, and what that did to me, I just feel absolutely broken. This is the hardest thing I've ever been through and it just keeps going. I've never experienced anything like this."
Once Kendall left, Joe and Serena no longer had anything or anyone holding them back.
Joe announced to the whole group before a Rose Ceremony, "My first time on Paradise meant a lot to me, and I'm realizing this time might mean a little more."
Serena and Joe proceeded to enjoy "Paradise Prom" together and danced the night away, and the cast voted them as "King and Queen" of the event. It seemed everyone viewed them as being the strongest couple on the show.