Last night was the much-anticipated Bachelorette finale that filled audience members in on what really happened between Jed Wyatt and his ex-girlfriend, Haley Stevens.
A little over a month ago, Stevens came forward saying Wyatt went on the show while they were still together. She said her understanding was that he was going on with the sole intention of promoting his music and that he would return to her once filming was over.
“We spent the night together the night before he headed to L.A.,” Stevens told People. “He told me [the show] was just an obstacle and we’d be stronger on the other side because of it.”
She went on to tell the publication that the two had taken a romantic vacation together to the Bahamas before he left for The Bachelorette, where they said “I love you” to each other for the first time.
“Everything in me wants to believe that he meant everything he said and got caught up in [the show],” she said. “I don’t believe he’s a terrible person, but it’s a terrible situation. And part of me thinks I was the backup plan and he wanted me to be here in case it didn’t work out. I feel 100% betrayed.”
When the story broke, Wyatt took to Instagram to say that he couldn’t comment on anything yet, but that he planned to do so as soon as he was able.
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Hi y’all. Several of you have reached out with messages and questions. Please know I’m not able to answer right now, but as soon as I’m able to, I will. •Until then, I ask that you please understand how much the actions being taken towards myself, my family, the men on the show, and above all, Hannah, are affecting all of our mental and physical health. •It goes beyond what is said online. Threatening letters and phone calls have been sent to our homes. My parents and sister are being verbally attacked in public. I beg you to remember what seems like a harmless action is damaging to real people. •I want to thank all of you who have reached out or reserved judgement until I am able to speak openly and I can only ask for your patience and kindness until then.
Jed Wyatt’s version of his relationship with Haley Stevens
Last night, he finally addressed the rumors.
“There’s two very different views on what actually happened. So I guess I’ll start with that so you can have the full thing,” he told Hannah Brown in a clip shown of the two discussing the scandal.
“When I met her I was very single. I was going out with my friends, and just being young and having fun and I didn’t feel like it was an exclusive thing. I was dating around. It never felt like a relationship to me,” he told her.
Wyatt went on to tell Brown that he had only hung out with Stevens “a few times.” He also told Brown that they did take two vacations together, to Gatlinburg and the Bahamas. Wyatt also revealed that Stevens threw him a surprise party with all of his friends for his birthday. He also revealed that Stevens had indeed met his parents, and that they had indeed exchanged ‘I love you’s.
But Wyatt insists it wasn’t a relationship.
Jed Wyatt apologizes
After Wyatt shared his side of the story to Brown in Los Angeles, he changed his tune from “it wasn’t that serious” to “I’m sorry” during the “After The Final Rose” episode.
“First and foremost, from the bottom of my heart, I want you to know that I’m sorry. Apparently, they’ve already shown where I half apologized, but, especially in hindsight, now that I’ve had time to review myself and my past and my behaviors towards not only you but other people, I fully see that I wasn’t the best that I could be. And by lacking details to you, the things that you deserve, and the things that you want, it kind of–not kind of–it ruined what we found here in a place that I never would have expected to find love like this with someone that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And I know that you felt the same and I’m sorry that I took away that experience from you. I’m sorry that this has hurt your family, your friends, Bachelor Nation, everyone, my family, I’m sorry. I’m responsible for this. I will own up to it all day,” he said.
Brown said she appreciated his apology but made it very clear that their engagement has been officially called off. She said she didn’t want to begin a relationship based on dishonesty.
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