Jed Wyatt allegedly had a girlfriend back home while filming 'The Bachelorette', had promised to resume romance after filming
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/19/2019
Jed Wyatt is apparently going to have a lot of explaining to do, as a woman claiming to be Jed's girlfriend has come forward alleging she was dating the country singer when he went on The Bachelorette and Jed left for the show planning to continue their relationship when he returned home.
"He called me when he landed in L.A. [to begin filming]," Haley Stevens, a fellow Nashville-based musician, toldPeople of Jed, whom she claimed promised he was just going on The Bachelorette to get publicity for his music career.
"He said, 'I love you, and I'll call you when I get back.'"
Jed, a 25-year-old singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN, and one of Hannah's frontrunners on Season 15, was shown admitting to Hannah during a one-on-one date in Newport, RI, he had joined the show for the platform and to promote his music career.
But according to Haley, Jed's intentions for dating Hannah were far worse than just seeking fame, as he also had a girlfriend back home the entire time, People reported.
"I was following along on spoiler accounts, trying to figure out when my boyfriend was going to come home," Haley told the magazine. "I bought a homecoming outfit that I was going to wear to maybe pick him up at the airport."
Haley insisted Jed was hoping to woo Hannah and string her along far into the The Bachelorette process, revealing, "He said he only wanted to be Top 5 [bachelors]... to be a major player so that it would be beneficial [to his career]."
Jed was allegedly four months into a relationship with Haley when he left to tape The Bachelorette's fifteenth season.
"We spent the night together the night before he headed to L.A.," Haley, 26, recalled. "He told me [the show] was just an obstacle and we'd be stronger on the other side because of it."
"He told me [early on] that he had applied," Haley explained to People. "He said, 'It's probably not going to happen, but it's a huge opportunity. I'm only doing this for my music.' He only did it for his career."
Haley continued, "He wanted a platform. He kept telling me, 'I don't want my dad to have to help me pay rent anymore.'"
Haley said Jed always said the right thing when she'd express concern over the fact he might end up seriously dating another woman.
"He was always so reassuring," noted Haley, who met Jed in October 2018 in Nashville. "He told me, it's not real. It's acting."
After Jed received the call in February 2019 he had been chosen to join The Bachelorette cast, Haley told People she and the country singer took a romantic trip to the Bahamas, where they said "I love you" to each other for the first time.
Jed then took off to Los Angeles to begin filming. Once he landed and allegedly touched base with Haley, he had to surrender his phone to production, like all the contestants, which apparently left Haley anxious and worried in subsequent weeks.
As the series progressed, "I was terrified that he would fall in love with Hannah," Haley told People.
"In the beginning I felt bad [watching the show] because I thought he loved me and was faking dating her. But then I thought, my boyfriend could be engaged to someone else. Seeing him kissing her for the first time was the worst day."
Haley said she was "baffled" to discover Jed recently returned home to Nashville but never called her. She therefore reportedly confronted him when they bumped into each other at a music venue earlier this month.
Haley claimed Jed offered little to no explanation as to what happened with Hannah on The Bachelorette.
"He said, 'Hey how have you been?' and I said, 'How do you think I've been?'" Haley shared.
"I asked him, 'You didn't think I deserved a phone call?' And he said, 'I didn't know what to say.'"
That was reportedly the last time they spoke about their romance.
Haley told People she wanted to tell the story in her own words to "control the narrative" given rumors have been swirling Jed had another woman in the picture while pursuing Hannah on The Bachelorette.
"As it got closer to the end, I was preparing myself," Haley admitted.
"I thought it probably wasn't going to work out. But the hardest part is that he ghosted me. He loved me, but he didn't have enough respect for me to have that tough conversation."
Haley insisted she doesn't know how things turned out for Jed and Hannah, but she seems to be done with him regardless.
"Everything in me wants to believe that he meant everything he said and got caught up in [the show]," Haley explained to the magazine.
"I don't believe he's a terrible person, but it's a terrible situation. And part of me thinks I was the backup plan and he wanted me to be here in case it didn't work out. I feel 100 percent betrayed."
Haley even provided People with photos of the former couple as well as a note Jed had allegedly written to her before he left for the show.
The sweet letter reads, "Haley, you're truly an amazing person. Someday we will be thankful for all of this. You know where my heart will be. See you at the dock. - J."