‘The Bachelor’: Would Jenna Cooper and Jordan Kimball Still Be Together Today Without the False Claims from Reality Steve?

You might remember the scandal that was Jenna Cooper and Jordan Kimball from Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 in August and September 2018. They fell in love on the show, but broke up shortly after because Jenna was allegedly cheating on Jordan with a “sugar daddy.”

Reality Steve admitted on April 16, 2020, that he was wrong about the scandal. He publicly apologized to Jenna on his podcast and declared that the two broke up because of his news story. 

Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper
Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper | Paul Hebert via Getty Images

Why is this news surfacing yet again about Jenna Cooper and Jordan Kimball?

Couples break up all the time after going on the many different Bachelor shows. So, why is this relationship split any different? Well, it turns out that Jenna was harassed and bullied following the conclusion of the show. 

Several people sent fake screenshots to her fiance at the time, Jordan, indicating that Jenna was cheating on him. The images looked like authentic texts that Jenna sent, so Jordan believed the claims. 

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This has been a long time coming. For anyone who doesn’t recognize this dress, this day, this devastation…September 11th 2018 was supposed to be the day where I happily announced my engagement during the Bachelor in Paradise finale show. Instead, I was very publicly accused of cheating with a “sugar daddy.” 3 poorly crafted fake text screenshots were posted all over online, and my fiancé went on an interview rampage claiming it was all true and dumped me on Instagram. I denied it from the very beginning, but no one would listen, and I didn’t have much support from people that I thought I could trust. That huge smile on my face was wiped off for months. I was extremely sad and confused why anyone would want to make this up about me, and wondering what I ever did to deserve the bullying and threats I received. I was told by the network to stay quiet because of my contract, and later came to them with the proof my attorneys and I found, but they wouldn’t help stop the attacks and lies. Looking back, I wish I would have spoken up sooner, and could have shared with you what was going on. After I proved the texts never came from my phone, the story gets more interesting as I later found proof of two different women (that I’ve never even met), who were involved in helping create this whole scandal. I spoke with Reality Steve, and we exchanged information and put the pieces together to prove how this smear campaign was created. I am glad I finally reached out to him to clear this up, and thankful that he retracted the story, deleted everything, and apologized. I know many of you have been patiently waiting to find out the real story of what happened..So we recorded a podcast with more details which is up right now if you’d like to listen. I did this for all of you who have supported me, my family, and especially my daughter. I want to teach her how important it is to stand up for yourself no matter who might come against you, to stay true to your morals and who you are, and that God knows your heart and will always protect you. So happy to clear my name and move on from all of this!❤️ #Vindicated #BachelorInParadise #AndThatsTheTea

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He broke up with her after Reality Steve confirmed the allegations in September 2018. While Jenna denied the claims, Bachelor Nation primarily thought she was lying. However, Reality Steve entirely redacted his statement on April 16, 2020. 

The journalist went through all of the information that Jenna presented him and concluded that he was wrong. He did not do this in a single post, but in a 90-minute podcast with Jenna. He also took down all stories related to the misinformation. 

Jordan and Jenna already had communication issues before the scandal

“Our biggest issue was miscommunication,” Jenna told Steve. “Him getting these awful messages from whoever is creating this. I was getting awful messages too, but I chose not to believe it. The difference is he wasn’t coming to me with that.” 

She wants to know why he didn’t come to her and do the same. However, Steve insists that Jordan broke up with her because of him.

“This relationship was ended based on my story,” Reality Steve told Jenna. 

However, she wants to know why he didn’t involve her more in the situation. They could have communicated better and figured out who it was based on who was sending the false claims to both of them. 

Jenna Cooper is ready to move on with her life and new baby

Jenna recently announced that she is having a baby with her new man, Karl. However, when her local newspapers published the story, they included the information about her cheating on Jordan. Jenna wants to move on, but she feels that the truth needs to come out first. 

“I wanted to bring some solid, tangible evidence,” Jenna said. “It’s really hard to prove something you didn’t do. Since I have talked to you, we have found out even more.”

Jenna and Reality Steve explain how the entire misinformation scandal went down. Steve hopes that he can clear her name by coming forward.

“At the time, it was devastating,” Jenna continued. “I have to prove I didn’t do this. I used the money I made from Bachelor in Paradise to have my phone analyzed, and my life ripped open.”

She hopes that this does not ever happen to anyone else. Jenna is happy in her new relationship. However, we will truly never know if the couple might have lasted without the misinformation scandal.

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