Depending on what goes down in the final episodes of The Bachelorette, things may not be so rosy for the show's lead, Hannah Brown. Country singer Jed Wyatt has been one of the frontrunners throughout Hannah's season, but recently Jed's ex, Haley Stevens, claimed they were still dating when he went on the show. She told People they'd been together for four months at that point and said they loved each other. In fact, they "spent the night together the night before he headed to LA."
Jed applied to be a contestant before he and Haley got together, and he told her he was going on The Bachelorette to build his platform and help launch his music career — something he was open about with Hannah during the pair's first one-on-one date. When the episode aired, viewers had mixed reactions to Jed's confession, which was surprisingly candid. He told Hannah, "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."
Meanwhile, as Jed explored his relationship with Hannah, Haley said she was busy wondering how it was going, scoping out spoiler accounts "to figure out when [her] boyfriend was going to come home." Fast forward to earlier this month when she learned that he'd returned to Nashville without calling her. She ran into him at a music venue, where she confronted him about what was going on, and he told her he "didn't know what to say." They haven't spoken about their relationship since then, and she told People, "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."
Like those of us tuning in this season, Haley doesn't know if Hannah picks Jed in the end, but it's clear to fans that the pair has a lot of chemistry, so it's certainly possible. Several weeks after Haley's allegations, Jed finally spoke out. On July 8, he shared a photo of him with his family as he asked for "patience and kindness" until he is able to share the full story. "Please know I'm not able to answer right now, but as soon as I'm able to, I will," he wrote. "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."
And it looks like we'll finally be getting some answers on the show. According to host Chris Harrison, Jed will address the controversy in the finale and the "After the Final Rose" episode. "There's a lot of rumors," he told People. "There's a lot of things being said. I think she has narrowed it down to three good guys. I know how it ended in Greece, but I don't know how this is going to end up for her."
"That is why I'm actually really interested in this two-night finale that's coming up," Chris continued. "It's live, and I love going into a show not knowing how it's really going to turn out. I want to hear Jed's side of the story. I think a lot of people have spoken, and before we judge — which we're so quick to do on Twitter — I would like to hear from him . . . So no matter what happens, I will say thank you to him for that. And I respect him for that because I would be jumping from the tree tops to speak my truth [after] being blasted like he has been. So I'm going to give him a chance to speak . . . I want to give him a chance to speak his truth and find out what's his side of the story."
In the meantime, read Jed's full statement about the controversy ahead.