Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher may be the next Bachelorette, but according to Chad Rookstool, the Texas beauty may be hiding a pretty big secret:
While the season premiere is still two months away, it's never too early for The Bachelorette spoilers of sorts ... or at least juicy rumors.
Fans may recall that before ABC named JoJo Fletcher The Bachelorette, she dropped bombshell on Ben Higgins during The Bachelor.
When she showed Ben a letter from her ex, that threatened to torpedo their fledgling romance even more than her brothers' scrutiny.
Now, that ax himself, Chad Rookstool, has upped the ante, telling tabloids that JoJo got back together with him after filming concluded ...
... then dumped him to be on The Bachelorette!
The Dallas, Tex., resident says that he dated JoJo for two years before they split in June of last year, just before she went on The Bachelor.
But were they even broken up for real?
"As soon as she got home," Rookstool tells In Touch Weekly, "we started hanging out every single day and being intimate again."
"We were sneaking around the whole time The Bachelor was airing," he adds, "because she wasn’t allowed to be seen with me."
Rookstool continued to the magazine:
“When she got home, she kept telling me she loved me and that we should have stayed together and fought through our issues."
"She said we would’ve been married by now, and I agreed with her. She told me there were many nights she’d cry thinking about me."
Chad, who owns a hair salon, said his gorgeous girlfriend would openly "question whether she made the right decision by being there."
Moreover, he alleges that JoJo was never in love with Ben and just got “sucked up” in the insanity of the long-running ABC reality show:
“JoJo told me, ‘Chad, come on, you know it's TV.' I think she just got sucked up in the show rather than actually trying to have legit feelings."
Fletcher, 25, "thought the show would help branch out her career. She said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Rookstool alleges.
He said their relationship ended for a second time when ABC dumped Caila Quinn for JoJo and she became 2016's The Bachelorette.
And tried to have it both ways, he claims.
“JoJo said, ‘I don’t know if I’m the next Bachelorette, but let’s just have a conversation as if I am,’” he said, but he wasn't having it.
“She tried to tell me she wasn’t saying goodbye forever ... but I told her that I’m not going to sit around and wait for her [this time]."
"And that was it.”