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Despite their attempt to stay out of the public eye and work on their relationship, newly engaged Bachelor couple Brad Womack and Emily Maynard continue to be on the receiving end of some not so positive press.

First, Brad’s ex Laurel Kagay is once again speaking out against him. In a new interview with Life & Style magazine, Laurel, who dated Brad on and off from March 2002 to October 2010, tells the mag there were times during their relationship when Brad’s temper would get so out of control, “it was scary,” she says.

“He would sometimes yell, really loud, to the point that he would almost start throwing things,” she adds. And after the blowouts, Laurel states Brad would be apologetic, and send her $1,000 bouquets of flowers or expensive purses, and she would always end up taking him back due to his charm.

Laurel goes on to warn Emily, stating Brad has more than likely already started the same cycle with her. “I just want Emily to realize that he needs some sort of help [for his anger issues]. He can’t do it on his own,” she adds.

Meanwhile a source close to Brad tells the mag that the clock is ticking on Brad and Emily’s relationship. “Brad knows it’s over,” reveals the friend. “They’re together at the moment, but Brad has the feeling he’s about to get dumped.”

In fact, the latest issue of OK! magazine echoes the same sentiment as it features Brad and Emily on the cover proclaiming “It’s Over!” between the two.

According to OK!, the two are simply pretending to be together for the sake of The Bachelor brand. “There have been so many breakups and make ups — mostly over the phone or Skype,” a source close to Brad reveals. “Finally, Emily told him she can’t do this anymore and ended it.”

Brad, who just joined twitter this week, is however denying the OK! break up story. “Btw Em and I are better than ever. In fact maybe we should take editor of OK mag out for a drink. I’m buying. :),” tweeted Brad on Wednesday, the same day he joined twitter.

And finally, Popeater is reporting that just in case things with Emily do not work out, or you know, in case they have broken up already, there is a slight possibility Brad could end up as the Bachelor for the third time! Yikes.

According to the site, ABC insiders have already had internal discussions wondering if asking Brad to come back for a third run as ‘The Bachelor’ would result in ratings gold.

“If Brad hadn’t found love the second time there is no way he would ever be invited back on the show,” a show insider reveals. “But after America saw him try so hard to make his relationship work with Emily, they like him again. Everyone thinks Emily tricked him — they feel sorry for him.”

Here’s to hoping Brad and Emily make it work for the sake of all Bachelor fans around the world. Brad also took to his twitter to deny any possibility of returning to the show. “Strange rumor about me being bach for 3rd time…absolutely NO chance. ZERO. so happy w the one I love. have a great day guys!!,” he wrote.

For the time being, Brad is currently in North Carolina visiting Emily for the weekend. In fact, he just tweeted the photo below of Emily minutes ago.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO BRAD & EMILY STAND A CHANCE? WOULD YOU WATCH BRAD AS THE BACHELOR AGAIN?

Days after UsWeekly published a cover story detailing Brad Womack’s proposal to his ex-girlfriend just weeks before filming The Bachelor, it seems one of Brad’s contestants is next in the scandal hot seat.

According to a recent press release by Star Magazine, via Starcasm, contestant and rumored front runner Chantal O’Brien cheated on her first husband Jason Vena with a cop, and that infidelity is what led to her divorce.

“Star can exclusively reveal that Chantal’s marriage crumbled because she had a torrid affair with a cop! “They met at a grocery store,” says an insider. And where was her husband? “He was on vacation with her dad!” the insider reveals. She soon filed for divorce and moved in with the policeman. “Her family really disapproved, and ultimately they broke up,” adds the insider.”

The latest issue of Star magazine did not publish the story so it is safe to assume the next issue will have the story along with more details. It’s gets even more interesting as Bachelor insider Reality Steve confirmed the story is indeed true.

In fact, Reality Steve doesn’t just confirm the story but also questions Chantal’s sincerity in doing the show. “Her marriage ended because she cheated, was finalized in Dec. of 2009, then wanted her ex husband back all the way up til leaving for the show in Sept. of 2010, and now four weeks into filming she’s telling Brad she loves him? Please. This chick is strictly out to win a competition and for attention. I don’t buy any of it, and ultimately, I don’t think Brad will either. Then again, these two might be two peas in a pod and deserve each other. Who knows?”

Meanwhile, Brad took to the Lopez Tonight show late last week, during which he vehemently denied proposing to his ex-girlfriend Laurel Kagay.

“It is what it is. No, sir, I can 100 percent tell you I did not actually ask this woman to marry me….100 percent,” said Brad to George Lopez. “I’ve saved that for a very special woman. And if that [a proposal] happened…I’ve always saved that for a very special woman,” he added.

Laurel’s text messages to UsWeekly seem to prove otherwise while sources close to the situation tell E! News Laurel’s claims are “all true.”

And finally, an all new episode of the Bachelor airs tonight on ABC, in which Brad will be seen doing a sexy photo shoot for Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition with three of his remaining six contestants.

Those lucky ladies are Chantal, Ashley Herbert and Michelle Money, and SI has released two photos below from the shoot. The ladies along with Brad will actually appear in the SI 2011 swimsuit issue which goes on sale tomorrow Feb. 15.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CHANTAL CHEATING & BRAD’S DENIAL? PLUS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

Days after the UsWeekly cover story came out revealing that Brad Womack proposed to his on and off girlfriend of 8 years just weeks before going to film the Bachelor, more details are now coming out about the scandal.

Laurel Kagay, a 31-year-old spa owner from Austin, Texas, questions Brad’s sincerity in the mag, citing the fact that Brad not only proposed to her weeks before filming the current season, but that he also sent her messages during and after filming the show.

Laurel reveals that just days after proposing to her last July, Brad sent her the following text message revealing the Bachelor producers had asked him back on the show -

“Please don’t say a single word about this. The executive producers from The Bachelor just called. They want me to do the show again. This season. Haven’t discussed $ but it’d be a lot…”

Brad contacted Laurel two weeks later and wrote -

“I won’t kill u w texts but please be there for me roo. This isn’t a game, this isn’t a control issue, it’s just me getting my ass kicked. Please babe; please just let me know you’re there… Please say hi. Rough day Laurel… I wish you’d just marry me. No matter haw crazy we are, we’re meant. Marry me.”

One of the most shocking parts of the story is that fact that despite beginning filming the Bachelor in September, Brad sent Laurel the following message on Sept. 18: “Just wish you would let me in your life.” It didn’t end there as another message was sent to Laurel on Nov. 2 via an email in which he claimed to be “thinking” of her.

As for Brad’s claims that he had 3 years of intensive therapy to get over his commitment issues, Laurel states, “It was probably closer to three months” over a three year period adding that “he never stuck with it.”

“Before she decides to marry Brad, she needs to know where his head and heart are,” Laurel warns Brad’s final pick. “I’m sure the girl would want to know that he was proposing to another woman right before he started taping the show.”

Below are some more photos of Laurel.

TELL US – DO THESE DETAILS MAKE BRAD INSINCERE? SHOULD HIS FINAL PICK BE WORRIED? SHOULD ABC GIVE UP ON THE SHOW ALTOGETHER?

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It’s that time of the year folks! You know, when the weekly magazines start to reveal some sordid secrets from the past of The Bachelor and its contestants.

Brad Womack graces the latest cover of UsWeekly magazine under the titled ‘Brad’s Double Life.’  The claims? Brad proposed to his on and off girlfriend of 8 years, Laurel Kagay, just weeks before he left to go film the Bachelor last year.

And in case Laurel’s name or photo rings a bell to you, it is because she was also the reported girlfriend of Wes Hayden during the taping of The Bachelorette season with Jillian Harris.

According to Laurel, Brad, 38, asked her to marry him countless times over the course of their relationship.  “Even when we weren’t together, he would say how much he loved me and was going to marry me,” she tells UsWeekly.

It gets even worse as Laurel reveals after Brad spent the summer trying to woo her back — including a speech to Laurel, 31, and her mother saying he would “marry her right now” — he left to film the Bachelor, but continued to send her emails.

Laurel is now sending out a warning to Brad’s final pick on the show. “I’m sure the girl he picked would want to know that he was proposing to another woman right before he started taping the show,” she says. “I would want to know.”

You can read more about this story, which promises shocking texts, in the latest issue of UsWeekly.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY? DOES IT CHANGE YOUR OPINION ON BRAD?

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The Bachelorette “Men Tell All” episode is set to air tonight, but one man who will not be appearing on the show is Wes Hayden. Arguably the most hated Bachelor since Jason Mesnick, one can’t help but wonder why Wes will not be speaking his peace tonight.

You would think the men are contractually obligated to appear on the show, but evidently Wes seems to be a special case. According to Austin360.com, an entertainment site based in Wes’ hometown, “(Wes) angrily declined to appear on the ‘Men Tell All’ episode. A week later, however, he changed his mind but was told the show didn’t want him there.”

The reason being? The producers of The Bachelorette are not happy with Wes giving out unauthorized interviews. Wes has been pretty much bad mouthing the show in an attempt to defend himself. He blames bad editing for the way came off on the show. When asked about his non appearance, Wes said -

“They cancelled mine. They didn’t want me talking to anybody. I’ve been available. I’ve worked too hard in my life to let somebody destroy me for their TV ratings. I might be from Texas and I might talk slow, but I’m not stupid. If I had a hidden agenda to go on that show, my lips would have been sealed, never would I have once said I was there for my CD, my career and I have a girlfriend. I know how to market myself, and it would not have been to go on TV and have everyone hate me. (An ABC spokeswoman, Cathy Rehl, said that the week Hayden was booted on air, he wasn’t available for a media conference call. Also, ‘we don’t do conference calls with all the men,’ she said.)”

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Wes Hayden from The Bachelorette is in overtime, trying to clear up his “good” name.  Wes spoke out to a Texas radio station this week and claims he is not the jerk the show made him out to be.  Wes claims to be a victim of deceptive, and false editing.

On whether or not he had a girlfriend -  “I had a girlfriend last summer. She’s still a very good friend of mine. Every now and then we’ll go out and do lunch or something like that. I mean, I did some work for her mom, I’m good friends with her family,” Wes Hayden said.

“I just called [The Bachelorette producers] two weeks ago, and was like, ‘Look. I don’t care what y’all do to me. You can say I’m the worst guy in the world and I’m here for publicity, that I’ve got a girlfriend. But don’t mention anybody’s name.  As soon as you mention her name, people in Austin are going to know her, because we dated for a long time. Sure enough, they mentioned her name the very next day.”

On his limo comments in his exit interview -  You know the one where he says, “I’m the only guy in The Bachelorette history who’s made it to the top four with a girlfriend.”  Wes claims they were taken out of context.  “They don’t play what I say after that. I said, ‘Only guy in Bachelorette history to make it to the top four with a girlfriend. Get real, dude. If I had a girlfriend, I’d be home with her right now, and I wouldn’t be putting up with this $h!t.”

Wes words of wisdom to those wanting to be on Reality TV -  “I think everybody needs to remember that this is a TV show, and it’s here for ratings. If anybody wants to go on any kind of reality show they really need to consider what could happen to them, and think about it long and hard.”  He continued, “If you do go on, don’t say a whole lot, because they can pretty much do whatever they want. Basically when you sign up for a show like this you pretty much relinquish every right that you have.”

Not sure if I’m buying Wes’s excuses. Yes I believe the producers of the show can and do manipulate the things these contestants say, but Wes gave them a lot to work with.  I doubt Tanner P and Jake made up the GF story out of the blue.  He has no choice but to try to clean things up now for the sake of his “career.”

TELL US – DO YOU BELIEVE WES’S STORY?

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The Bachelorette’s Jillian Harris finally did what everyone had been wanting for the past couple of weeks – Sent Wes Home! Jillian speaks out on the whole Wes issue in her new blog about the show. She admits she kept Wes for “way too long.” For some strange reason, she still doubts Wes actually had a girlfriend – sighs.

“So … Wes! I know I kept him for WAY too long. I FULLY admit this. Someone on here wrote the truest way to explain it — it’s like you’re watching a horror movie that you starred in … And all your friends are yelling at you, “He’s behind you! He’s behind you!” Ha. There are so many ways to explain my connection with Wes. I cringe to admit this, but I truly was blinded by many of Wes’s “good qualities” for the better half of his stay that I refused to see all the red flags (and there were a lot of them!).

I still don’t know if Wes had a girlfriend, but I do think Wes was there for his career. Along the way, we did build a friendship but his presence on the show was a disservice to both of us. It made me look like a fool and like I had bad judge of character, and it made him look like someone he is not. I guess this is what you lay out on the line when you sign up for something like this, right? Ultimately, you are all still entitled to your opinion, but I am a huge supporter of forgiveness and I hope you can give Wes a break and lay this one to rest.”

It’s good to see her admit her bad choice. I am however surprised she still doubts he had a girlfriend. Wes’s “girlfriend” Laurel Kagay spoke out last week defending Wes and claiming they were just friends.

Jake also spoke out on the issue and even said Wes and Laurel are still dating. I still choose to believe Jake on this one. Someone needs to tell Wes that he can pretty much kiss his country music career goodbye. No one is going so support a jerk. He has officially taken the crown of the biggest jerk title from Jason Mesnick.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WES?

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The Bachelorette’s Jake Pavelka is swinging back at Wes and his “girlfriend” Laurel. We posted a story yesterday with Laurel coming to Wes’s defense, claiming she was not dating Wes during the show, and is currently not dating him. I said yesterday that I wasn’t buying her story, and well Jake seems to agree.

Jake spoke to People today, and says he stands by his story of Wes dating Laurel during filming. Not only that, Jake goes on to say Wes and Laurel are still together! Jake claims they are both in cahoots with duping Jillian Harris. Some excerpts from this interview are below -

Why did you come back?
A producer called me to see if I was doing okay because I took leaving hard and I broke down. [I said,] “I need to tell her some things. Any way I could talk to her again?” I ran through it and they made it happen. I was lying in bed every morning going, “I screwed up. I should have told her before I left.” I wanted to come back because I had information she needed to make the best decisions about the remaining guys and to be there for her. Now I sleep easy at night.

PEOPLE spoke to Laurel and she denied being together during taping. Do you stand by what you claimed, that Wes said he had a girlfriend?
I don’t believe it. I know it. Without a shadow of a doubt, he and Laurel were together. They’re still together. It’s an act and Laurel was in cahoots with him. They had an agreement to put their relationship on the back-burner so he could go on and sell CDs. His biggest fear was making it far enough to go on overnight dates because that wasn’t okay with Laurel. Evidently she cleared [him] to kiss. I’m a God-fearing man and if I am mistaken or he didn’t tell me that, God can strike me down with lightning right now.

Are you there?
Yeah. Still here! We had multiple conversations. He confided with me. He told me he loved [Laurel]. He said, “I’m going to break her heart. I’m going to bow out when the time is right.” This stuff came out of his mouth.

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