Jed Wyatt Blames Haley Stevens For Staying With Him When He Was On ‘The Bachelorette’

Ever since Hannah Brown’s season finale of The Bachelorette aired, Jed Wyatt hasn’t exactly been the most popular reality TV star. During the two-part finale, we watched her find out Wyatt came on the show with a girlfriend and end her engagement as a result. 

In the clip shown of Wyatt explaining his relationship with Haley Stevens to Brown, we hear him deny that she was ever his official girlfriend, despite frequently saying “I love you,” going on trips together, and knowing each other’s families. 

Jed Wyatt | Raymond Hall/GC Images
Jed Wyatt | Raymond Hall/GC Images

Then, during “After The Final Rose,” Wyatt gave the apology he should have given from the beginning. 

“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.   

Jed Wyatt’s defensive post-finale behavior 

However, Wyatt’s post-finale behavior suggests that maybe his apology wasn’t so sincere after all. 

Firstly, he liked a few sketchy comments on Instagram bashing Brown. And now he’s accusing Stevens of capitalizing on the drama as a way to promote her own music. 

In an interview with Ali Fedotowsky and Rachel Lindsay on their podcast, Bachelor Happy Hour, Wyatt blamed Stevens for staying with him after learning he was going on The Bachelorette.  

“I know that she’s hurt, but I know also that there’s a good chance that she was seizing the opportunity as well,” he said. “What I don’t understand is if you really do love someone — no matter how promising they’ve made it seem — if they’re going on a dating show — regardless of why they’re going on a dating show — why would you stay with them? For me, if I was in a relationship, I would not have gone onto a dating show.”

What happened to taking ownership?

Why Haley Stevens stayed with Jed Wyatt even though he was going on ‘The Bachelorette’

Stevens has made it clear that Wyatt repeatedly assured her that going on The Bachelorette was purely a career move. 

“He told me [the show] was just an obstacle and we’d be stronger on the other side because of it,” she told People. He assured her “it’s not real, It’s acting.”

Wyatt even told Brown himself that he went on the show with the sole intention of promoting his music. 

“When I signed up for the show, I was so clueless,” he told Brown on a one-on-one. “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.” 

ET also recently asked Stevens if Wyatt’s family knew he was going to “go on the show and come back and continue dating you.”  

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

So there’s Wyatt’s answer to “why would you stay with them?” 

You’d stay with them because they were assuring you you’d “be stronger on the other side.”

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