Ed calls rumors he’s cheating on Jillian “not true”; Jillian says they’re “nonsense”

Rumors that Bachelorette 5 winner and Jillian Harris fiance Ed Swiderski is erupting his volcano with two other women are untrue, he said this morning.

On Good Morning America, Ed said, “It’s actually not true at all. Jillian and I have been the target of being one of the very few successful couples on the show. We’re clearly being targeted because we’re happy.”

Us Weekly’s cover story says Jillian was “betrayed” since “eight days after he popped the question to Jillian Harris on The Bachelorette finale Ed Swiderski slept with former girlfriend Lindsey Johnson,” and tried to sleep with another woman, Bethany Steffen, the next day.

The two women talked to the magazine, and Steffen said, “Lindsey and I are both smart girls, and Ed just has this way of making people believe what he wants. Jillian needs to be careful.” Johnson said, “I feel gross, used and completely violated. It shocks me that he was able to do something like that to me.”

Jillian is standing by her reality show man. “This is nonsense. I feel like I’m in high school,” Jillian said on GMA, calling the rumors “totally inaccurate” and “unfortunate.” “I think that these women are very hurt, and that they did love Ed. Iit must be very painful. That was in the past. Those are past relationships,” Jillian said. “He has been very, very clear with me from the very beginning. Ed is not deceiving me.”

‘Bachelorette’ Jillian and Ed on Cheating Rumors: ‘This Is Nonsense’ [ABC News]
Bachelorette Winner Cheated With Two Different Women [Us Weekly]
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