If most recently engaged women are said to be on cloud nine, The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris has probably been around cloud three or four lately.
That's because her final rose recipient, Ed Swiderski, is alleged to have been less than faithful to Jillian - even after he had proposed on the show.
It's not pure gossip made up out of thin air, either. Both of his supposed ex-girlfriends, Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen, are going public.
Sure, maybe they're bitter, lying and exaggerating to torpedo Ed's relationship because they're jealous of Jillian, and to receive fat paychecks.
But some of the claims at least make you wonder, especially since Ed was the subject of girlfriend rumors even during his stint on the program.
Despite the firestorm of criticism and rumors of an impending split, the 29-year-old Jillian Harris has been standing by her fiancé, and plans to keep at it.
In response to a Radar Online piece Friday that claimed they broke up or at least came close, the star explained that the article "claimed Ed and I broke up, when in fact we have not even come close. I really want out of the spotlight so bad."
"I just hate it so much.”
The two have weathered the media circus about as well as could be expected, given the type of rumors that have followed Ed Swiderski since the finale:
- That Ed was stringing two women along before Jillian Harris was in the picture, then continued to even after signing up for The Bachelorette.
- That he emailed one of them from the set and said Jillian Harris was "not his type" and that he was "not in any way attracted to the chick."
- That even after popping the question, Ed returned to Chicago and began "sexting" Bethany Steffen to come over with beer and condoms.
- That Ed engineered his exit from The Bachelorette not for work, but because he wanted to come home and "molest" Lindsey Johnson.
Yeah ... we wish Jillian and Ed the best as they try to weather these difficult and stormy times. Unless any of the above stories are true, in which case we suggest Jillian try to track down Reid Rosenthal's cellphone number.
Will Jillian and Ed last?