The former Bachelor Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi added to the holiday weekend with their own fireworks — an emotional, angry fight that ended with Vienna sobbing and storming off set.
The two made an appearance during the airing of The Bachelorette, and Jake spoke with host Chris Harrison prior to Vienna joining them, reports ET Online.
“I don’t have anything to fear. I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told Chris. “Just to be honest, I’m still processing this. … I come home and I’m on the cover of five magazines. … I wasn’t ready to quit fighting. … I cannot even fathom her doing this to me.”
Vienna entered and was asked to take a seat next to Jake and she put forward her side of the story: “The first month we were together was great. He was crazy about me, then it went straight downhill.”
She also defended her decision to go to the tabloids: “I wasn’t bashing Jake’s character or accusing him of anything. I was just laying things out.”
The fighting then erupted with Jake telling Vienna, “I’m so mad at you. I’m so disgusted with you. You sold me out to a magazine.”
As Vienna refused to let Jake get a word in, he repeatedly asked her to stop interrupting him. “She’s asking why there’s not intimacy, this is it. She undermines me, she breaks me down,” he said of his ex.
“What guy in America can be with a woman that undermines and emasculates him and doesn’t respect [him]? … She’s like a tabloid. You get 40 percent of the truth.” He continued, “to me, there’s more in a relationship than just sex and intimacy.
An emotional Vienna also told Chris that this isn’t the first time she had tried to end things with Jake. “I’ve tried to give him the ring back twice,” she said. “It was a break up and I was leaving.” But Jake just described these incidents as “little temper tantrums.”
Chris tried to remind the couple of their connection on The Bachelor, asking them what they liked about each other.
“She was, at that point, supportive and loving and very trustworthy and witty and interesting and entertaining,” Jake responded first.
Vienna then answered, “He was genuine at that time. … He smiled, he hugged me, he wanted to be with me. … After the show, that went away. He wasn’t compassionate. It went away. He didn’t even try.”
The couple also addressed Jake’s participation in Dancing with the Stars. “The entire time he was on DWTS, he never acknowledged me,” Vienna said.
However, Vienna did have one apology for Jake, telling him, “I am sorry that I went about it the way I did but I know you, the real you, and I know you would’ve done it if I didn’t.” Jake reacted to this answer but Vienna started up again. Jake yelled at her not to interrupt him.
In tears, Vienna got up, ran off set and was heard sobbing in her dressing room. Jake said of the outburst, “Unfortunately, that is what one of our arguments looks like. … Chris, in my life I have never been in a relationship where I have raised my voice. … It just gets to a point where you can’t get a word in.”
Check out some highlights of last night’s emotional interview, via PopEater.