Haley Stevens Reveals That The Wyatt Family Knew Jed Was Going On ‘The Bachelorette’ With The Intention Of Returning To Her

Bachelor Nation met the Wyatt family during Jed’s uncomfortable hometown. There was a stark difference in how the Wyatts reacted to meeting Hannah Brown compared to the Parkers, Webers, and Camerons. The Wyatts appeared incredibly skeptical of Brown and her relationship with their son and brother.

Brown had a particularly tough conversation with Jed’s mom, Gina. Gina told Brown that she knows Jed is “just another guy” to her. When Brown assured her that “he’s not,” and that she told Jed that she was falling in love with him, Gina protested: “Do you say that to all of them?” 

Brown’s conversation with Jed’s sister, Lily, wasn’t any easier.

“I’m very protective over Jed and making music makes him so happy and honestly, like, him potentially falling in love with you, I’m like, I’m not sure that it’s a good thing,” she told Brown. 

Hannah Brown and Jed Wyatt | John Fleenor via Getty Images
Hannah Brown and Jed Wyatt | John Fleenor via Getty Images

When it came out that Jed had gone on The Bachelorette with a girlfriend waiting for him back home, many fans thought his family acted the way they did towards Brown because they were protecting Haley Stevens

Jed Wyatt’s version of his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Haley Stevens

During the season finale, when we heard Jed’s side of the story, he hugely downplayed his relationship with Stevens, saying he never considered her his official girlfriend. 

“We go to Gatlinburg, it’s close to my parents’ and they’re like ‘stop by,’ whatever, so we stopped by, she met my parents. We go back to Nashville, life goes on, January rolls around it’s my birthday. I’ve never had anyone throw me a surprise birthday part, she has like rallied all my friends, there’s a cake and I just get excited over all that stuff. I was like ‘oh my gosh I didn’t expect anyone to do anything.’ And she was like ‘and I got you this,’ from her parents. Her parents got me a vacation to the Bahamas. It’s for my birthday but the day of the vacation’s on her birthday,” he explained to Brown, addressing the accusations that he and Stevens were in love and had taken a vacation to the Bahamas together before filming started. 

Stevens told ET in a recent interview that what hurt her the most in all of this was how much Jed downplayed their relationship and romantic milestones. 

Haley Stevens says Jed Wyatt’s family thought he was going to get back together with her when ‘The Bachelorette’ was over 

She also told ET that she had kept in touch with Jed’s family while he was away filming; she had grown close to them. 

“I spent five days with his family and spent time and talked to them while he was gone so these are people that I have kind of formed a relationship with and care about. That has also been a hard thing in all of this. I haven’t spoken to them and I care about them and he’s their son and they have to love him but for sure I saw clips of that episode and I’m wondering kind of the same thing,” she said referring to the popular audience theory that the Wyatts were harsh towards Brown because they thought Jed was still with Stevens. 

ET’s Lauren Zima came out and plainly asked Stevens if Jed’s family knew he was going to “go on the show and come back and continue dating you.”  

“Yes,” Stevens replied. “The night before he left they were like ‘we’re praying for you Haley and we know this isn’t easy for you.’” 

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