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Alleged 'The Bachelorette' girlfriend: "I'm absolutely not with Wes"


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/01/2009 

The Bachelorette suitor Wes Hayden's alleged girlfriend is standing by her man  -- but only in a purely platonic way.

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Laurel Kagay is backing up the country music singer's claim that the two dated for three years but ended their romantic relationship about a year before he went on the ABC reality dating show, People reported Wednesday.

"I'm absolutely not with Wes, nor would I be with Wes if he were going on a show to be with another girl," she told People. "That's absolutely crazy."

Monday night's The Bachelorette broadcast featured star Jillian Harris being confronted by previously eliminated suitor Jake, who returned to the show to inform her that Wes had repeatedly told him that he did have a girlfriend going into filming. Jake identified Wes' alleged girlfriend as "Laurel" and said he had conversations about her with Wes "more than three times."

Laurel, who said she watched the episode, thinks Jake had his own reasons for attempting to out Wes.

"I think he was definitely upset about not being on the show anymore," she told People.  "And I think Wes did say something about his ex-girlfriend. Maybe he said he still cares about me or whatever. Maybe he talked a little too much about me, and Jake just blew that into something else."

Since Jillian was in the midst of waiting for Wes to pick her up for the second part of his hometown date, she confronted him about the accusations when he arrived.  As Jake predicted, Wes denied the allegations -- even after Jillian brought Jake and Wes face-to-face. Jillian subsequently decided to keep Wes and send two other suitors packing.

Laurel said she was surprised to hear her name in The Bachelorette broadcast but added since she and Wes are still friends, she understands how there might have been some confusion.

"We are really good friends and we do go out to lunch together, so I could see how people could think we're together," she told People, adding she's excited to see what will happen between Wes and Jillian.

"They have not shown Wes' real personality at all. He's so funny. When I was in a relationship with him, we were always laughing and having fun. And I never worried about him cheating on me."

In addition, Laurel said she thinks Wes and Jillian could have a successful relationship.

"She seems to have fun and has a good personality," she told People.  "He's really fun and funny. Too bad all this craziness had to go down."

Ironically, Wes isn't the first person affiliated with the ABC reality dating franchise who has dated Laurel.

The 29-year-old boutique owner from Austin, TX also previously dated The Bachelor eleventh-season star Brad Womack, who infamously rejected both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft during the Fall 2007 installment of the series.

Laurel said she dated Brad for four years, and while it was reported the two reconnected following his The Bachelor stint, she told People she hears he is currently single.

"Brad and Wes are like night and day," she told People.  "They're so different. So it's crazy."

Laurel also previously dated The Bachelorette third-season suitor Collin Evans, who was rejected by Jen Schefft.

(Photo credit ABC)


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