Chad Johnson: Is The Bachelorette Villain the Worst Ever?

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It wouldn't be a new season of The Bachelorette without a token bad boy emerging, and Chad Johnson will proudly claim that mantle.

Is he as bad as you think, though?


You don't need The Bachelorette spoilers to tell you who has a big target on his back from the very beginning this season in the mansion.

Already, Chad Johnson has threatened competitors and thrown shade at JoJo Fletcher herself ... while somehow still obtaining a rose.

"I had no idea there was this much tension between Chad and the other guys," Fletcher wrote on her blog after viewing Monday's show.

"I knew there was some tension, of course, but [not] threats of violence. I don't feel great now seeing this. It's all just so complicated."

"Chad is a complex guy with complex emotions."

So who is this guy causing all this crazy drama?

According to People, Chad is a big fan of The Bachelorette fan because of his mom, who passed away from liver cancer last summer.

"The one question people keep asking," Johnson opened up this week on social media, "is why did I go on #TheBachelorette?"

"Well other than the fact that I work all the time, for 7 years I watched my mother slowly die from cancer," he wrote in an emotional post. 

"Over the last 3 she got much worse and I decided to spend all of my time at her house taking care of her and generally spending time with her."

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, resident said that "I still miss her everyday" and "she was my best friend and the person I told everything to."

Pretty touching stuff. Not to mention, he's a former Marine who served the country after graduating from the University of Oklahoma.

Johnson paid tribute to his patriotic past on Memorial Day, posting a photo with his sister from his Marine Corps boot camp graduation.

He now works in luxury real estate, as an agent and house flipper. When he's not hard at work, he's smitten ... with his dog Pumpkin.

The Maltese Yorkie is a regular on his social media.

So is there another side of Johnson we're not seeing?

Most likely ... but Chad knows what you think of his on-air persona as well, and he's not exactly hiding behind editing like some people.

"So maybe I'm a bit cocky, but you know what… I think it's hilarious, and so did my mother," Johnson wrote on Instagram this week.

"As men we call each other names and make fun of each other because that's what we do," he says, unapologetically himself.

"You either rise above it and have fun with it, or get offended because you can't handle it at which point you should just turn in your man card."

Host Chris Harrison seems to agree, telling Yahoo:

"[Chad] is not shy about sharing his opinions, he does what he wants and he is competitive. He will definitely make some waves in the house." 

How far will Chad Johnson make it this season - and will he join the ranks of the greatest villains to ever participate in this TV franchise?

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