Since leaving The Bachelorette
mid-season for vague work-related issues, Ed Swiderski has been subject to rumors that he was dishonest about his reasons for being on and leaving the show--rumors that should sound familiar to Bachelorette
viewers this season, and can be summed up thusly: "girlfriend." After returning and proposing to an ecstatic Bachelorette
, Swiderski is now facing blatant accusations from two women saying they dated Ed after he proposed, and that he's been lying to fiancee Jillian Harris for months now.
An anonymous source recently told RadarOnline that an engaged Swiderski sent his ex Bethany Steffen, 24, emails and texts that were "more than platonic" and "sexy." Accusations from Lindsay Johnson, 29, claim that Ed was photographed with her at a wedding the weekend after he left filming The Bachelorette
mid-season. Whether Swiderski attended the event as Johnson's date is unclear, but the accusation seems clear that this rendezvous, too, was "more than platonic."
Jillian and Ed took to the airwaves this morning to rebuke the infidelity rumors.
"It's actually not true at all," Ed told Good Morning America.
that Jillian and I have been the target of being one of the very few
successful couples on the show, and I think that we're clearly being
targeted because we're happy. Jillian and I have been completely honest
and upfront about all of my recent relationships and there's just no
truth to it."
Watch the Good Morning America segment, which includes an interview with Lindsay Johnson.
Swiderski wouldn't go into details, but said the accusations were inaccurate--accusations that have escalated of late, including Johnson's claims that Ed texted her while filming The Bachelorette
to say that Jillian wasn't his "type," and to tell her that he loved her. Whether Swiderski's hesitance to discuss details is a sign of tact or dishonesty is certainly up for debate, but he had one vocal defender on his side this morning.
Jillian attested to her fiance's honesty and fidelity, saying "As Ed said, he has been very, very clear with me from the very
beginning. He has been open and honest with me. I personally don't have
time in my normal, regular life--that I'm getting back to--to entertain
all of this. This is nonsense. I feel like I'm in high school. All of
this stuff is totally inaccurate. And it's unfortunate."
The happily-engaged Bachelorette went on, "I think that these women are very hurt and they did love Ed. And I can
understand where they're coming from. And it must be very painful. But
that was in the past... Ed is not deceiving me. Ed is not pulling the
wool over my eyes. And lastly, if there was problems on the homefront
or if there was an issue, I am not going to deal with it in this
manner, with tabloids and rumors. I have learned from various seasons
of The Bachelor
and The Bachelorette
that I am not
addressing anything in the media. And I am also going to say for
anybody out there who does care about this--I don't know why because
there are so many things in the world to care about--that this is the
last time I am talking about this. It's a waste of all of our time. Ed
and I can't understand where any of this is coming from, and I'm not
talking about this ever again after today."
Harris and Swiderski claimed they're "completely in love" and the engagement is still on.
US Weekly spoke with both Steffen and Johnson, even obtaining photos of them with Swiderski
, and both women remain firm in their claims. Steffen said, "Lindsey and I are both smart girls, and Ed just has this way of making
people believe what he wants. Jillian needs to be careful."
I doubt we'll hear more about these claims in the future, as everyone involved, especially the "happy couple," are intent on moving on. But for those of us watching from the sidelines, there's certainly one big lesson to take away: don't date a guy who's going on a reality show about looking for love!
-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff WriterImage courtesy of ABC