On the Bachelor in Paradise season finale Tuesday night, Jordan Kimball got down on one knee and proposed to Jenna Cooper.
It was a beautiful moment, as you can see here:
But the proposal, the acceptance, the finale and possibly the entire relationship has now been marred by an explosive allegation:
Has Jenna been cheating on Jordan?
Indeed, the same day ABC aired footage of Jordan and Jenna agreeing to marry and asking Chris Harrison to officiate their June 2019 wedding, Reality Steve shared text messages between Jenna and the man with whom she has allegedly been sleeping.
The man has his connection. He knows his stuff.
According to Steve, Jenna has been cheating on Jordan all summer with an unnamed man that she met prior to Bachelor in Paradise filming.
A professional relationship between the two, during which they teamed up for a failed business venture, eventually turned intimate.
This is an exchange Steve alleges took place just this past weekend:
In another exchange published by Steve, Jenna apologizes for her actions on an episode and tells this lover that she's only on the show for her "business."
There's also this semi-graphic back and forth:
Poor Jordan, right?
This is what he told People Magazine about the depressing development:
"I’m weak in the knees and I feel like I have rocks in my stomach.”
Did Jenna actually cheat, though?
No, she tells this same publication in a statement:
"I am aware of the allegations being made against me and they are simply untrue. I am choosing to focus on my relationship right now. Thank you for respecting my privacy at this time."
We aren't exactly doing that.
We're a celebrity gossip website and it's our job to discuss allegations of this nature.
All we can do is share the information we've received or we've seen, however. We cannot verify the above text messages with 100% certainty.
Kimball says he has spoken to Cooper since this story broke -- and that he believes the cheating charge to be true.
“I know my Jenna, and I read those texts and in my heart, I know it’s her,” he says, adding to People:
“She was saying she didn’t do it, but hinting towards the fact that there’s a possibility that it happened. In all reality, I don’t expect her to own it."
Jordan also says the two were planning an engagement party next month in North Carolina. His parents were planning to attend and everything.
He can't say for sure.
But Jordan denies all assertions that the couple faked anything for the camera ("This was not a TV romance. This was real. And whether you like me or not, I deserve love.") and admits his universe has been rocked by this scandal:
I don’t know how to handle this. All I know is I obviously only knew a limited amount of information about Jenna. This is embarrassing and it hurts my pride. And our friendship is just tarnished.
I don’t even know what piece to pick up or how to put it back.