On The Bachelorette, you never know who is going to be on the show. You don’t always know their stories. Well, it was just revealed that Jed Wyatt was allegedly in a relationship when he went to join the show for Hannah Brown’s season.
For four months leading up to the show, Jed was dating Haley Stevens, who is a musician in Nashville. Haley recently spoke with PEOPLE about this relationship and how he left her. She said, “We spent the night together the night before he headed to L.A. He told me [the show] was just an obstacle and we’d be stronger on the other side because of it.”
Later, Haley shared that Jed was always reassuring her about him being on the show. He told her that “It’s not real. It’s acting.”
Prior to the recent interview, this news was not shared publicly. Nobody knew that Jed was in a relationship when he joined The Bachelorette in hopes of winning over Hannah B.
Why did Jed join The Bachelorette?
Now, it’s not exactly clear why he would join the show if he was already in a relationship. It doesn’t make sense why he wouldn’t break up with Haley before he joined the show. Haley was able to share his motives during the interview.
Later in the interview, Haley said, “He told me [early on] that he had applied. He said, ‘It’s probably not going to happen, but it’s a huge opportunity. I’m only doing this for my music.’ He only did it for his career.”
Then, Haley continues, “He wanted a platform. He kept telling me, ‘I don’t want my dad to have to help me pay rent anymore.’ He said he only wanted to be top five … to be a major player so that it would be beneficial.”
Based on what Jed has said on the show, his explanation to Haley makes sense. When he had a one-on-one date, he told Hannah B., “When I signed up for the show, I was so clueless. I was open to the idea because I love love. I do, I love the idea of it. But my first thought was this is like a huge platform, and I just want you to know the truth. So I came in with that mindset, but every moment that we’ve had has taken that away and shown me that now more than anything I want to be with you.”
Where are Jed and Haley now?
When Jed went to join The Bachelorette, he had to surrender his phone, as is expected. This meant that Haley had no idea when he would be back in Nashville. She said, “I was following along on spoiler accounts, trying to figure out when my boyfriend was going to come home. I bought a homecoming outfit that I was going to wear to maybe pick him up at the airport.”
This month, Haley ended up running into Jed at a music venue. She was surprised to see him, especially because he had not called her yet. She explained how their conversation went down, saying, “He said, ‘Hey how have you been?’ and I said, ‘How do you think I’ve been?’” she recalls. “I asked him, ‘You didn’t think I deserved a phone call?’ And he said, ‘I didn’t know what to say.’” It looks like he has moved on from her.
Then, Haley said, “As it got closer to the end, I was preparing myself. I thought it probably wasn’t going to work out. But the hardest part is that he ghosted me. He loved me, but he didn’t have enough respect for me to have that tough conversation.” They haven’t discussed their relationship since he has returned to Nashville. Being ghosted is hard on anyone, but now she has to watch his new relationship unfold on television.
Recently, Reality Steve shared spoilers showing how far Jed makes it on the show.
Are you surprised to hear that Jed allegedly had a girlfriend when he went on the show? What do you think about how their relationship turned out? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you don’t miss new episodes of The Bachelorette on Monday nights on ABC.
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