Brooks -- who was shown telling Desiree he wasn't in love with her and dumping her during last week'sThe Bachelorette broadcast, but been the subject of speculation that he has a change of heart and returns during tonight's finale -- has become the subject of gay rumors after a reportedly "telling photograph" surfaced online recently.
The photo shows The Bachelorette bachelor hugging another unidentified man in a lavender shirt tightly from behind and looking "cozy enough to raise a few eyebrows, not to mention questions about Brooks' true feelings for Desiree," Star Magazine reported in its latest August 12 issue.
"If Brooks is gay, he not only pulled the biggest prank on one of the most popular network dating shows of all time, but he's also broken Desiree's heart," a Bachelorette insider told the magazine.
"She's so in love with Brooks. And if the rumors are true, it would be too much for her to handle."
However, Desiree has reportedly been dismissive of the gay speculation, "choosing to ignore the gay talk" and "convinced" Brooks is straight.
"She says that if he were gay, she'd know," the insider said. "She has incredibly deep feelings for him."
The Bachelorette's ninth season will conclude tonight with a two-hour broadcast and a live After the Final Rose special beginning at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.