'Bachelor in Paradise' scandal! Jordan Kimball reacts to Jenna Cooper's alleged affair and her claims their relationship is fake -- "I feel sick about it"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/12/2018
Bachelor in Paradise star Jordan Kimball is apparently sick to his stomach and disgusted by leaked text messages appearing to prove his fiancee, Jenna Cooper, is faking their relationship for fame and money and she's actually been dating another man all summer long.
Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone posted screenshots of text messages on Tuesday apparently between Jenna and a man with whom she had been romantically involved while dating Jordan onBachelor in Paradise, and during one conversation, Jenna allegedly insisted she's faking her relationship with Jordan in order to get ahead in her fitness and blogging career.
Not only did the woman appearing to be Jenna bash Jordan in the messages by saying she's better than him and she doesn't even like Jordan -- nevermind love him -- but she also wrote some graphic sexual things to this man.
"It felt like a body drop," Jordan toldPeople after learning about the allegations. "I got taken down. I'm weak in the knees and I feel like I have rocks in my stomach."
Jenna, however, denied the claims, telling the magazine, "I am aware of the allegations being made against me and they are simply untrue. I am choosing to focus on my relationship right now. Thank you for respecting my privacy at this time."
But Jordan is struggling to believe his fiancee, whom he proposed to during Tuesday night's Season 5 finale of Bachelor in Paradise. After all, Jordan said she was acting guilty before the news even surfaced.
"On Monday, I saw something someone posted on Twitter -- that somebody was going to be roasted the next night. Jenna called me and said she was very anxious about this Twitter post. I talked to her in the middle of the night last night -- I said, 'Don't hype yourself up, don't worry, you have nothing to worry about.' I tried to calm her. I went back to bed for a few hours, woke up, had my coffee and she called me again and said she was anxious and felt sick to her stomach," Jordan recalled.
"She's in New York. I told her to keep calm. I thought she was just being nervous for no reason. Then I was driving back to Central Florida from Miami and I started getting calls from castmates like Chris Randone. I started getting screenshots sent to me. I didn't know what to think. I sank in my seat."
The male model added, "I would never have expected this. I feel sick about it. I just don't understand why someone would say that they're better than me and have ill intentions."
In the screenshots obtained by Carbone, the woman appearing to be Jenna wrote to the unidentified man that she was "so excited" to see him and couldn't wait to "put you in my mouth." She said the night was going to get "real kinky" with a belt, whips and costumes potentially coming into play. She also told the man that she loved him.
The following morning, Jenna allegedly wrote to the man: "Good morning, handsome! I wanted to say sorry. Don't be mad at me or anything crazy. I know you're upset about this week's episodes but I told you yesterday and I keep telling you that this is all for my business. You know how much I need the money. Me and Jordan aren't together for real. I don't even like him let alone love him."
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"None of the other guys I go out with mean anything. All for work and networking. You're the only one I need in my life. The only guy who interests me. I need you to love me and always be there for me. I'm gonna call you. You still love me?!!!"
Jordan admitted to People that after reading the screenshots, he believes the allegations against Jenna are true.
"I know my Jenna, and I read those texts and in my heart, I know it's her," Jordan confessed. "She was saying she didn't do it, but hinting towards the fact that there's a possibility that it happened. In all reality, I don't expect her to own it."
The man who leaked the screenshots told Carbone that he sold Jenna out because she's "a manipulator" who "uses men for money and business and loves the attention along the way." The man added that she likes to rub in men's faces how she's pretty and "can easily move onto the next."
The man -- whom Carbone says is from North Carolina, where Jenna lives -- noted he was "tired of the bulls-hit" and thought it was time to call her out on her games.
Carbone also said he verified that the text messages derived from Jenna's phone number.
"If this whole thing sticks, and it's true, I will be hurt much more than the depths of romance. I will be hurt as a person and as a friend. There are so many layers to a relationship and right now I feel all of them peeling back," Jordan told People.
Jordan was getting ready to marry Jenna on June 9, 2019, and in the meantime, he was apparently planning an engagement party for next month.
"I was going to bring my parents to North Carolina. I really feel like I'm going to start dry heaving. I don't know how to handle this. It really kills me," Jordan vented.
Jordan insisted his romance with Jenna has definitely been real for him -- and it was from the start.
"There is not even a question about that. This was not a TV romance. This was real. And whether you like me or not, I deserve love. I found it, and this is what happened. So for the sake of anyone who's ever been in love, be understanding," Jordan requested.
Jordan noted he definitely doesn't have an answer yet on whether he's still engaged to Jenna or not.
"I don't know how to handle this. All I know is I obviously only knew a limited amount of information about Jenna. This is embarrassing and it hurts my pride. And our friendship is just tarnished. I don't even know what piece to pick up or how to put it back," he said.
Carbone wrote in his blog this is "a horrible look" for Jenna and "she's a complete fraud."
"Anything we've seen this season on the show has basically been acting," Carbone claims.
"She knew what she was doing the second she signed up for Paradise and she got exactly what she wanted out of it. Unfortunately for her, when you treat people like that, eventually it's gonna come back to bite you in the ass."