‘The Bachelorette’: Why Hannah Brown Already Ended Her Engagement

We all know the typical Bachelorette story. Girl comes on the show looking for love. Girl meets lots of men. Cue tears and declarations of falling in love. And then girl ends the show engaged and happy.

That is not at all what happened to Hannah Brown. Brown had an extremely rough season of The Bachelorette. She genuinely fell in love with two men. She eventually picked one of them and actually did get a proposal. But unfortunately, she didn’t get a happily ever after.

Why did Brown break off her engagement?

Usually, after an engagement, you go through a honeymoon phase where things are all lovey-dovey. For Brown, the day after her engagement was when all of the drama with Jed Wyatt started.

“The first news I had of anything was really the day after we got engaged,” she said on last night’s live finale. “But it was just that he wanted to let me know that if there was anything said, there was a girl he was hanging out with, and I was just like, ‘Okay, what does that mean? And did you end it?’ I can’t expect for every guy for six months not to have gone on dates. But ultimately, he told me, and I was like, ‘You know what happened the first night, so was it a week, a month, what was it?’ He told me it was a week, he ended it a week before, it wasn’t a girlfriend, he was just hanging out with her, so I was like, ‘Well I can get through that,’ but it was so disappointing that I had to find out the day after I got engaged.”

But more news kept coming in.

“But then I found out about the People article coming out the night before we were actually together, and I just thought it was really strange for information that I knew, that a People article would come out,” she continued. “So, I was like, ‘Is there anything you need to tell me?’ And he was like, ‘No, she wasn’t my girlfriend.’ And then I was just like, ‘Did you ever tell her you love her? Why does she think it’s so different than you?’ And then he said, ‘Yeah I did,’ and I was like, ‘Well, no wonder Jed.’ And then he said it was one time, and I was like, ‘Did you say it again after that?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, a few times,’ but that’s all he really said, and that was me questioning it, and asking him questions. And then I got the People magazine article sent to me, and it’s really sad when you have to circle things in an article and send them to your fiancé.”

Ultimately, Brown couldn’t stay with a man who lied to her.

“I am not with Jed anymore,” she said. “The engagement is over, we are not together. That is not what I said yes to. When I said those things, the things that I said to him on my engagement date, I thought that was my day, and I feel like that was taken from me and how special that was, and it’s been really hard to gravel with that, but I know that what I got is not what I ever wanted for a life partner and love that is not built on a foundation of trust and honesty. I have grown so much, and I know I deserved more than that.”

Wyatt’s apology

Wyatt did eventually apologize to Brown.

“There’s a lot I would like to say,” he said on the stage last night.”First and foremost, from the bottom of my heart, how genuinely I’m sorry. I know apparently they have shown where I have apologized, but especially in hindsight now that I have had time to review myself and my past and my behaviors towards not only you but other people, I fully see that I wasn’t the best I could be, and in turns, my lacking details to you and things that you deserve, and things that you wanted, it kinda…not kinda, it ruined what we found here, in a place that I never would’ve expected to find love like this, with someone that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, and I know you felt the same, and I’m sorry I took away that experience from you, and I’m sorry this has hurt your family, your friends, Bachelor nation, everyone, my family, I am sorry, I am responsible for this, I will own up to it all day.”