'The Bachelorette' alum Gabby Windey confirms if she's dating 'Dancing with the Stars' pro Alan Bersten
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/30/2023
The Bachelorette alum Gabby Windey has confirmed if her dinner out with Alan Bersten was a real date and if they're currently dating now.
Gabby and Alan went on a dinner date in Beverly Hills on March 15, and sources told People at the time that they seemed "very into" each other and Alan "was so excited to take" the single Season 19 The Bachelorette star out.
But according to Gabby, there's nothing romantic going on with Alan -- and there never was.
"We're just friends," Gabby said during the April 25 episode of the "Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe" podcast.
Gabby, who got to know Alan when she competed on Dancing with the Stars 31 last year, said her night out with Alan wasn't a real date.
"We were literally fresh off the [Dancing with the Stars] tour. I was in L.A. apartment hunting and he was like, 'Do you want to get dinner?' And I was like, 'F-ck yeah. F-ck yeah, dude!'" Gabby shared.
Kaitlyn -- who starred on The Bachelorette's eleventh season and also wonDancing with the Stars' 29th edition -- joked about how Alan is annoying. She even called him "the most lovable turd."
Gabby admitted she feels "such little-brother [energy]" with Alan, adding, "I just love to watch him, though, so I'm not annoyed. I'm like, 'Oh, you're funny!'"
Kaitlyn went on to say that Alan has "the most flirtatious energy" she's ever seen in a person.
"People might not know that, but he is very flirty and touchy and lovey. So are most dancers," Kaitlyn said.
"It's a dancer thing," Gabby agreed.
Kaitlyn continued, "So when people see that, they're like, 'Oh, they must be on a date.' And I'm like, 'I was just having lunch with Alan too. Where's my rumor?! Nobody's taking photos of me!'"
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After Gabby and Alan went to dinner together, the source told People of the pair, "He wants to find love and so does she."
"He asked her out. This is their first date," the source noted. "They haven't been out at all. He was so excited to take Gabby out."
However, Alan also served as Gabby's substitute pro partner when Val tested positive for coronavirus during the Dancing with the Stars season's "Halloween Week" round, resulting in the pair spending significant time together while Val was sidelined.
They each then joined the Dancing with the Stars LIVE cross-country tour, which wrapped in mid-March after 60-plus shows in three months.
"They grew really close while Gabby was on DWTS and they remained close. The hope for both of them is that something blossoms from this," the People source said last month.
"The hope for both of them is that something blossoms from this."
An eyewitness at the restaurant told the magazine that Gabby and Alan sat outside at a private table and ordered champagne shortly after they were seated.
They were both "constantly smiling and giggling" throughout the evening, according to the eyewitness.
The eyewitness said the couple looked "so cute together and seemed to give off the vibe nobody else was in the room."
"They were very engaged in each other's conversation," the onlooker shared. "They ate fried zucchini chips and Gabby took photos of their food as Alan looked at her and smiled. They seemed very into one another."
The eyewitness also claimed Alan "often leaned in close to Gabby."
Gabby -- who had repeatedly voiced to the press that Vinny was her "crush" and she'd "of course" go on a date with him if he formally asked her out -- took to Instagram in late January and posted a slideshow photos of her friends and Vinny.
Jessie James commented on the post, "Dancing with your honey @vinnyguadagnino. Can't wait to double date in Nash."
Since Jessie was suggesting a double date with her husband Eric Decker, many fans interpreted the comment to mean Gabby and Vinny had officially begun dating.
But Vinny clarified to Us Weekly in late January that he and Gabby were not an item.
"It takes a lot more for me than just, like, a couple Instagram comments to be dating someone," Vinny explained.
"But I would go on a double date with her and Jessie and her husband. I would actually go to dinner with Gabby. It's just that we just met, you know what I mean? It's not like anything serious."
News of Gabby and Erich's split surfaced on November 4, and then Gabby revealed onDancing with the Stars later that month how she and her former fiance weren't "in sync" or "the best match" for each other.
Gabby told the magazine that she and Erich weren't compatible once they started their lives together in the real world after being in The Bachelorette bubble.
Gabby said her stint on Dancing with the Stars was therapeutic for her as she dealt with and tried to move on from her split from Erich.
"She is a beautiful person, in and out, but, that didn't end up so well," Alan told Jana Kramer during an April 2019 episode of her "Whine Down" podcast.
"We met on the show, and you know, that is her whole career... she is a social media influencer. How could I tell her whether she should post something or not? You know, that's not my duty as a boyfriend. I personally am a super private person."