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.
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?