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Bachelor’s Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon Respond to Kevin Wendt’s Cheating Accusations

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Uh-oh! It looks like Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti‘s breakup wasn't as amicable as we all thought. As fans will remember, the pair dated for a few months after wrapping production on Bachelor Winter Games. They split in March and just two months later, Ashley announced she was officially dating Jared Haibon. The new couple is now engaged. At the time, Kevin seemed genuinely happy for the couple, but on last night's season premiere of Bachelor in Paradise, he accused Ashley of cheating on him.

If you've been following Ashley and Jared's love story as closely as we have, then you know that she admitted that Jared kissed her while she was still dating Kevin. In the YouTube video, “The Story of Us,” Ashley was candid about the moment that Jared professed his love for her in an airport, revealing that he even planted a kiss on her. However, she also said that she initially turned him down after his confession because she wanted to give Kevin and their relationship a fair chance. It turns out, Kevin has a different side to this story and gave a deeper insight into the overlap of the two relationships.

“When Ashley and I left Winter Games, I knew I wanted to marry her one day,” Kevin admitted during a Paradise on-camera interview. “And then all of a sudden Jared flips the switch and now he wants to be with her. I did try to make it work, but if you kiss another guy while you’re dating someone else, that’s cheating in my book. That really hurt me.”

He didn't go into detail, but he certainly didn't seem happy. “I heard through the Bachelor grapevine that Ashley and Jared are dating now, so time to move on,” he added.

After the episode aired, Us Weekly asked Ashley how she felt about Kevin's public accusation. “I was just a little confused by [his claims],” she said. “I definitely told him directly that Jared and I were together before it was a public thing. He made it sound like he was clueless to it.”

She went on to say that she's still rooting for him and that she hopes he finds the love he's looking for this season. Jared echoed the same sentiments, saying he has nothing against Kevin and that he wishes him the best. “Obviously, it’s awkward watching an ex of her’s on Paradise, but that’s the world we live in, the world we chose to be a part of. I agree, I hope he finds somebody,” he said.

As we already know, Ashley and Jared returned to Paradise this summer, and his proposal to her on the beach will be shown this season. It'll be interesting to see if Kevin is still there when the big moment happens and how he'll react. Honestly, though, we really hope Kevin finds love, too.

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