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Looks like anyone who thought Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen were just making this stuff up to get paid by celebrity gossip tabloids was mistaken.

EDITOR'S NOTE: No one thought that. We all know Ed is shady.

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Weeks after reports began surfacing that Ed Swiderski had not one but two girlfriends when he proposed to Jillian Harris on The Bachelorette, his complete email exchanges with both of them have been published online by Reality Steve.

Steve is a man with connections who often gets dirt on reality TV (hence the name), especially The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He came through here.

He had previously been in contact with Ed Swiderski about an interview. Ed declined. But when Reality Steve obtained the emails Ed sent to his lady friends, he informed Ed that he was planning to publish them on his blog (which he did).

It appears Ed and Jillian have formed a united front and are determined to simply laugh off all of the tabloid reports of him being a two-timing cheater.

Swiderski's reply: "Go with it, Steve-o! After all, God put you here to report on reality TV, and that's certainly something to be proud of. It's your duty!"

What kind of guy is Jillian Harris marrying in Ed Swiderski?

Still, it's hard to see how she can laugh off him telling Lindsey Johnson, "I'm going to molest you when I get home" or telling Steffen "you know I never took this seriously" and "you know I am not, in any way, attracted to the chick."

Reality Steve has the full exchanges published and we reported on most of the highlights in previous articles. So let's just sum up what we know:

  • Two weeks before the show began, in an email to Bethany Steffen, Ed Swiderski specifically states that he "would be doing the show for the wrong reasons" and has no interest in romance with star Jillian Harris.
  • He then leaves to do The Bachelorette, telling both women he’s only going to be gone two weeks because that’s all "work" will allow. This is corroborated by his email to Lindsey, in which he wants to come home and fondle her.
  • Ed goes home. Both women say they saw him, hung out with him, and slept with him (unbeknownst to each other) when he was back in Chicago.
  • Lindsey Johnson says they went to a wedding together (friends have corroborated this), and she spent 4-5 days with him before he told her he was leaving for a "business trip" to Texas (really Spain and Hawaii). 
  • She found out about this after he got back, having proposed to Jillian Harris on the season finale. Lindsey (below, right) had sex with Ed anyway. He tried to booty call Bethany (left) after the show ended as well.

Clearly, Jillian is an adult who can make her own decisions. If she wants to naively deny, or simply accept all this and look to the future with Ed, fine.

But after confirming that the above points are all more or less true, one would think it paints a picture of a shady character that is hard to ignore.

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?

 

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... a dog! The Bachelorette star found love on reality TV with Ed Swiderski, but Jilly has so much more warmth to share with this world, she's planning to open up her heart once more to a rescue puppy. Sounds like fun!

"Ed and I plan on adopting a rescue as soon as we settle into a place," Harris, who is getting ready to move to Chicago to be with Swiderski, tells People.

Dogs have been a part of the Canadian's life since she was little - beginning with a special canine named Sweets and then a rescue dog named Risky.

Now she's ready to try her hand at pet ownership again.

Aww. She's so sweet, that Jillian Harris. Maybe she can negotiate a 2-for-1 deal and include Ed Swiderski when she takes the little guy in to get fixed.

Jillian and Ed

Jillian and Ed are still together despite his shadiness.

We're just glad that with Ryan Jenkins dead, Jillian can go back to being the Canadian talked about most on The Hollywood Gossip. What a cutie.

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Despite the rumors of him telling Bethany Steffen to break out the beer and condoms and texting that he was going to molest Lindsey Johnson, the fairy tale romance isn’t over for The Bachelorette’s Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski.

Standing tall amid reports that there is trouble in paradise after scandalous accusations levied against Ed by the two aforementioned ladies, Jillian Harris says she and Swiderski “have not even come close [to splitting up].”

In fact, Ed Swiderski is currently spending much-needed quality time with the interior designer in her native Vancouver. They're enjoying the nice weather.

“We’ve got a Jet Ski, so we’ve been spending lots of time on the lake,” says Jillian, who is preparing to move to fiancé Ed’s native Chicago in September.

The pair was rumored to be on the verge of a breakup after back-to-back Us Weekly cover stories claimed Ed Swiderski strung along Bethany Steffen while filming The Bachelorette, then nailed Lindsey Johnson after his proposal to Jillian.

“There’s just no truth to it,” Ed told ABC’s Good Morning America.

Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski

“He has been very, very clear with me from the very beginning,” maintained Jillian. “Ed is not deceiving me, nor is he pulling the wool over my eyes.”

Jillian’s friends support her decision to stay with Ed Swiderski.

“Those girls who claimed they were still with him were only in it for fame and financial reasons; they saw an opportunity and ran with it and didn’t care who they hurt along the way,” a friend of Ed and Jillian claims.

“Jill was aware that there was a risk of this kind of tabloid attention when she got involved in the show,” reasons Shannon Long, who’s known Jillian Harris since kindergarten. “Jill is in love. I’ve never seen her so happy in my life.”

“She’s got it under control,” agrees Jillian’s longtime friend Brad Bell.

Is Brad Bell right? Will Jillian and Ed last?

 

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Wes Hayden may be the most hated man in the history of The Bachelorette, but that only goes for the fans, and is largely thanks to ABC's shady editing.

The country singer just wrapped up a guys’ weekend in Austin, Tex., with some other former contestants from the past season. No one seems to hate him.

“Tanner [Pope], who lives in Dallas, drove up while Mike [Stagliano] and David [Good] and the rest of the guys flew in to have a good time,” Wes said.

“I loved hanging out with the guys. We had a great time.”

Some of the guys hit a local spa resort, while the whole group hit local hot spot Ranch 616, where they shared dinner, drinks and gossip about The Bachelorette winner Ed Swiderski - and claims he was/is unfaithful to his fiancée Jillian Harris.

“I had no clue whether Ed had a girlfriend on the show. I didn’t know about it,” says Wes, who was also rumored to be dating Laurel Kagay while wooing Jillian.

“But if it’s true, I feel really bad for Jillian. I don’t know what to believe to be honest with you. I feel bad for Jillian and for [Ed Swiderski]. But if in fact he was doing what everybody’s been saying, then man up and deal with it.”

Wes Hayden, Jillian Harris

Fans really hated Wes Hayden. But he doesn't seem that bad.

The controversial country singer, who says not to believe everything you see on TV, and went on record saying the producers sabotaged him, expressed doubt about whether romance can blossom on The Bachelorette at all.

“I have a hard time grasping that any of the show’s intentions are genuine,” he said. “If Jillian honestly came on the show looking for love and thought that she found it and then found out it was all made up and Ed was cheating on her, that’s awful.”

As for Jillian Harris, Wes Hayden says, “We connected on the show and we’re always going to be friends.” But he’s focused on pushing his first album Full Circle.

“I’m not dating anybody; I’m way too busy right now,” he says.

“I see a lot of my sister right now though. She goes on the road with me wherever I go. But you know, if I meet the right woman, I’d like to settle down.”

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Ed Swiderski openly talked about having a girlfriend while he was trying to woo The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris, former contestant Wes Hayden says.

"Dave [Good] and I remember Ed saying he had a girlfriend," says Wes, who also was accused of dating (Laurel Kagay) while on the show, to Us Weekly.

"But we are not the kind who are going to run our mouths."

Finalist Reid Rosenthal says some contestants thought from the start that Ed Swiderski, 30, was bad news and "didn't care to hang out with him."

Adds Michael Stagliano, "There was definitely some point where I did think, I'm not going to be best friends with this guy. Ed's a shady character."

The Bachelorette contestants are required to relinquish their cellphones and laptops on the show to keep interaction lively among the participants.

But due to his as a Microsoft consultant, Ed Swiderski "had an agreement" to keep both "because it was imperative for him to have access for work."

This agreement is now coming back to bite the Chicagoan.

Ed Swiderski: Cheater!

HOW HE TRICKED HER: Rather easily, it appears. Poor Jilly Bean.

Adds Jesse Kovacs of his competitor at the time, "Obviously, no one knew he was saying, 'I'm not into [Jillian Harris] and I can't wait to go home.'"

While Ed did some work, he also kept in touch with Lindsey Johnson, whom he was dating at the time, and told he was only going on the show for fun.

He even texted that Harris "wasn't his type," and that he was "not in any way attracted to the chick." Just what every newly-engaged girl wants to hear.

On April 12, three days before he told Jillian Harris he had to leave The Bachelorette to focus on his career, Swiderski emailed Johnson to say "I love you" and declared that he was going to "molest" Lindsey when he got home. Romantic.

Then, after getting engaged to Jillian on the season finale, he banged her again eight days later, according to the scorned Ed Swiderski play thing.

Another woman, Bethany Steffen, says Ed was stringing her along while he was dating Lindsey (and Jillian) and tried to get her in the sack a few days later.

Man, people are really piling it on Ed these past few weeks. Sure, maybe they are all liars, but you don't hear anyone backing Ed up, do you?

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?

 

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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.

Mrs. Ed Swiderski?

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?

 

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Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski have been the subject of much speculation ever since they got engaged on The Bachelorette - and even prior to the finale.

The issue? Rumors that Ed Swiderski was two-timing a pair of women before, during and after the show (and cheating on Jillian even after getting engaged).

They appeared on Good Morning America last week to put and end to the rumors that they are breaking off their engagement and that Ed cheated on Jillian.

But rumors of Ed's philandering, shadiness and racy emails to Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen won't stop, thanks to tabloids and the girls themselves.

What does Mike Fleiss, producer of The Bachelorette, have to say about it?

“They are a real couple," he told ET. "They are engaged. I am optimistic about these things. They look like a real couple. I can see them staying together."

"[Jillian Harris] is such a level-headed person. And Ed too seems like a level-headed person - maybe they will be able to survive this media blitz."

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski break up?

Asked if all the scandals on both The Bachelorette and The Bachelor (which saw Jason Mesnick drop his chosen fiancee, Melissa Rycroft, for runner-up Molley Malaney) may hurt the show, Fleiss says, "What do you think? Booyah!"

More drama is great for ratings, no doubt.

As far as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette success stories, Fleiss stated, “Our batting average is about .250 ... I think that's pretty good. The show offers no guarantees, but has worked. Ed, on Good Morning America, said, you can find love."

With 13 Bachelors, five Bachelorettes and one marriage between them, Fleiss' math is fuzzy with his .250 claim, but Jason and Molly are still dating, at least.

As for the next season of The Bachelor, Fleiss teased that the franchise may continue its recent trend of making a star out of a high-profile, previous rejectee:

“When the new season of The Bachelor premieres, look for Reid Rosenthal, Kiptyn Locke or Jake Pavelka to be the one handing out the red roses.”

Hot! Who do you think should be the next Bachelor?

 

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Reports have suggested for a week-plus that The Bachelorette winner Ed Swiderski was sleeping with and sending racy text messages and emails to two different women while romancing Jillian Harris, who he proposed to on the season finale.

It made for good gossip, but was denied by Jillian and Ed and there was little evidence to go by aside from the word of Bethany Steffen and Lindsey Johnson.

Well, now Us Weekly has published some of the alleged e-mails. If he really wrote this stuff, you can't imagine Jillian will stay together with him for too long.

Ed Swiderski is accused of two-timing Lindsey, who he broke up with in December but got back together with in February, with Bethany, who he dated in between (and after) before he met Jillian Harris, then cheating on Jillian with both women.

It started before The Bachelorette. On March 5, Bethany Steffen was uncomfortable with him going on it. Ed said he "never took The Bachelorette seriously."

"I let the director know I would be doing it for the wrong reasons, as I am not, in any way, attracted to the chick. It's about a 25% chance of me going, though it's seriously the last thing I am thinking about right now. I was really hoping to grab your ass!"

Classy. But nothing compared to what he supposedly emailed to Lindsey Johnson regarding his strange mid-season exit from the show.

Bethany Steffen and Lindsey Johnson say they're coming forward to warn Jillian Harris about Ed Swiderski. Those paychecks from a major tabloid probably helped too.

Ed, who later returned and asked for a second chance with Jillian, claimed he had to leave "for work." In reality, he just had to bang Lindsey Johnson!

Here's what he wrote to Lindsey on ...

  • April 10, 4:28 p.m.: "I'm going to molest you when I get home. Can you pick me up?"
  • April 10, 4:36 p.m.: "I'll call you as soon as I get my phone back."
  • April 11, 2:35 p.m.: "Trying to leave tomorrow ... hopefully I can pull this off."
  • April 11, 2:43 p.m.: "Trying, though it's not that easy. This whole show is a complete mind f--k!"
  • April 12, 8:35 p.m.: [after Lindsey Johnson wrote that "it's not fair" Ed was gone longer than the two weeks he promised] "You are right and I miss you dearly. I love you. I'm letting them know tonight. They'll get me home tomorrow."

Yeah. Not long after he orchestrated his return, Ed left town again, supposedly to go to Texas for work, according to Lindsey Johnson. When she found out he went back to the show, and got engaged to Jillian Harris, she was furious.

Then she had sex with him anyway on June 4, eight days after his TV proposal. A day earlier, Bethany Steffen says Ed tried to booty call her too. Classic.

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Despite rumors of Ed Swiderski's rampant infidelity and deception, The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris is still standing by her final rose recipient.

For now.

Rumors speculated that the two might be on the verge of breaking up after she told a newspaper about a tear-filled conversation with her father re: Ed's alleged womanizing. The two then cancelled dinner plans in Las Vegas abruptly.

But Ed Swiderski somehow climbed back into her good graces, and the two made a surprise showing at the Palazzo's LAVO restaurant after all - three hours late.

"They just showed up," a source said. "They were clearly putting on a united front. They had their arms together. She looked like she was really in love with him."

"They drank wine while deciding what to have. They looked comfortable with each other. She's beautiful in person, even better than what you see on TV."

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Jillian Harris has not been all smiles these days.

Swiderski's affections were suspect and his casual glances at other women did not seem as innocent given the allegations against him by two ex-girlfriends.

Lindsey Johnson claims Ed led her on - and even had sex with her eight days after he got engaged to Jillian. That's not exactly a smooth move if it's true.

Another girl, Bethany Steffen, says Ed also dated her, and sent "sext" messages to her throughout and following his tenure on The Bachelorette this spring.

Harris admitted crying on the phone with her dad regarding the stories of Ed Swiderski's possible cheating ways. But according to The Province newspaper, she maintained the couple was brushing off the controversy and moving forward.

"I am not affected by this," she said. "We really plan on trying to get out of the limelight and trying to get on with our lives. It's been a hard couple of days but it only made us stronger and it's only made us communicate with each other more."

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?

 

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The woman Ed Swiderski slept with after getting engaged to The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris says she sympathizes, but and fears he'll "play" her as well.

"I feel terrible," Lindsey Johnson told Us Weekly, which first reported that Ed not only slept with her after popping the question to Jillian, but was "sexting" another woman, Bethany Steffen, after he and The Bachelorette star got engaged.

"As Bethany said, Ed has a way with words," Johnson said. "This is what he did to us!"

Lindsey Johnson says she spoke to Ed Swiderski - whom she'd been dating for a year - the Saturday night before the July 27 season finale of The Bachelorette.

She informed Ed that she was going to tell her side of the story.

"He said, 'Lindsey, please do if it's going to make you feel better to get your side out,'" Johnson says. But later that day he changed his mind, and texted her that "I think you should just talk to me if you have any questions."

They haven't communicated since an August 1 text message in which Swiderski wrote "I thought you were over this?" Lindsey Johnson did not write back.

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Will Jillian Harris heed the words of Lindsey Johnson (center) and Bethany Steffen?

Now that Swiderski has denied their relationship (he and Harris say they are "targeted" because they're "happy"), Johnson says she's "disappointed" in Ed.

"If he can live with what he said on his conscience, that's his problem. He knows the truth, I know the truth and our friends know the truth," Johnson says.

"He doesn't have to deny it on national TV, but he doesn't have to confess everything either. He could have taken a middle road and said something truthful."

According to Lindsey Johnson, Ed Swiderski and Jillian Harris "will stay together to prove that they are the one happy couple to make it." But, well ...

"That's what Bethany and I both did when we were dating him despite what people were saying about him to us," Johnson recalls. "There were so many signs. Even his friends used to say to me all the time, 'Lindsey, he does not deserve you."

"And I would ask, 'Why would you say that? Ed is one of your best friends, and he is a great guy.' But they would never tell me why. Now I know!"

What do you think? Will Jillian and Ed last?

 

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