The Bachelorette frontrunner Jed Wyatt broke his silence on Instagram on Monday, July 8, and begged for fans to stop bullying him and his family. Jed has been viciously trolled online ever since his ex Haley Stevens claimed that he broke up with her to go on the show and advance his music career.
Jed, 25, allegedly dumped Haley out of the blue after four months of dating and left her in Nashville to pursue Hannah Brown on the ABC series.
Haley claimed he promised to return after filming was over and told her he never planned on having a serious relationship with Hannah, 24. Fans of the show have accused the Tennessee native of using Hannah for fame.
"Hi ya’ll. Several of you have reached out with messages and questions. Please know I’m not able to answer right now, but as soon as I’m able to, I will. Until then, I ask that you please understand how much the actions being taken towards myself, my family, the men on the show, and above all, Hannah, are affecting all of our mental and physical health," Jed wrote on social media.
He continued, "It goes beyond what is said online. Threatening letters and phone calls have been sent to our homes. My parents and sister are being verbally attacked in public. I beg you to remember what seems like a harmless action is damaging to real people."
"I want to thank all of you who have reached out or reserved judgement until I am able to speak openly and I can only ask for your patience and kindness until then," he concluded.
Hannah will travel to Tennessee for a "hometown date" and meet Jed's family on the Monday, July 8 episode of The Bachelorette.
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