'Bachelor in Paradise' spoilers: Did Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn get engaged? Are they still together now? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/27/2021
Bachelor in Paradise couple Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn are falling in love on the show's seventh season, but what happened next? Did Riley and Maurissa continue dating or break up, and did they get engaged? What do spoilers reveal about Riley and Maurissa's relationship now?
But then attorney Riley showed up on the beach with his big muscles and a Date Card, and he proceeded to ask Maurissa out on a date.
Maurissa, a self-proclaimed introvert from Montana who had never gone on a real date before with a man before, was immediately taken with Riley's smooth charm and sweet personality.
In turn, Riley discovered that Maurissa is genuine and down to earth, and the couple certainly felt chemistry between them during their date in which they had to reveal truths and personal stories.
"She's also a little bit of a freak too, and I like that," Riley shared. "She seems down for whatever... and the sexual tension is there. She's looking sexy as hell right now, and I just want it."
On a deeper level, Riley and Maurissa also discussed wanting to get married and having children down the road, and Maurissa opened up about how she had lost a lot of weight and was viewed differently by people before.
Riley told Maurissa she looked beautiful now and was probably beautiful back then too because she's got a sweet soul and it is what's on the inside that counts.
Maurissa and Riley shared a passionate kiss, and she said the bachelor had exceeded her expectations.
After multiple steamy makeout sessions, Riley shared with Maurissa, "I know of a place where we can go."
The next day, Maurissa was somewhat cold towards Connor, who quickly realized he had lost his love interest to Riley.
Riley wooed Maurissa by rapping a song he had written for her, and Maurissa surprised Riley with a surprise picnic on the beach, which quickly escalated into the pair licking whipped cream off each other's randomly-selected body parts -- including Riley's big toe.
Riley and Maurissa then took their intimate party into "The Boom Boom Room" once again.
"That's the best chocolate sundae I've ever had!" Maurissa said after disappearing for awhile.
Riley made it known that Maurissa was his "girl," his "one fish" in the sea, and Maurissa wasn't really interested in getting to know other guys.
However, after getting some attention from newcomer Demar Jackson, Maurissa said she needed some reassurance from her man. Maurissa said Riley showed how he felt through his actions but he needed to verbally express how he was feeling about her.
Maurissa was apparently desperate to have a deep conversation with Riley but she didn't want it to scare him away. She was in her head and felt frustrated.
But then Riley and Maurissa had the breakthrough Maurissa had been hoping for.
Riley admitted to Maurissa he probably wouldn't be able to handle her dating another guy and he viewed her as his girl ever since their first date. He assured Maurissa that another woman wouldn't steal him away from her.
Maurissa asked Riley why he was so "closed off," and Riley said he had been wanting the same thing for 10 years but had the tendency to screw up a good thing.
"As badly as I want a family of my own, my family situation has never been too great. That's one of the things at the top that scares me. My parents got divorced when I was super young and I remember how my dad treated my mom, and it wasn't good," Riley explained.
Riley, however, said his father did the best he could and he is close to his mother now. Riley said he looked forward, in fact, to introducing Maurissa to his mom.
"Just do know that I do care about you a lot, and I have been in love before, and I feel myself going that way. It's scary as hell for me, but I'm going to do it because I have to and because I want to," Riley told Maurissa.
"That's all I've been wanting! Thank you! This is what I needed," Maurissa gushed. "Riley, I'm serious."
"Me too," he replied.
"I want you to be my man... I love waking up to you," Maurissa shared, adding, "Riley, it's hard for me -- very hard. But I know that I am falling in love with you."
"I am falling in love with you too," Riley responded.
Maurissa was so happy and relieved she and Riley could open up to each other and be vulnerable, and Riley said Maurissa could one day be his wife and the mother of his kids whom he wakes up next to every single morning.
Riley said he looked forward to making Maurissa breakfast with scrambled eggs and bacon and gushed, "She'll learn more about me. I'm not looking for a one-night thing; I'm looking for a forever thing."
Riley later told the group he was "all about" Maurissa.
So what happened between Riley and Maurissa on Bachelor in Paradise and what's the current status of their relationship?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Riley and Maurissa stayed together onBachelor in Paradise and enjoyed an overnight Fantasy Suite date.
The couple reportedly made it all the way to the finale with two other couples and Riley chose to popped the question!