Jared filled in for Dean Unglert on his podcast this week, and while he was on it, he said that he's single now and has been for the last six years. This definitely sticks a thorn (pun intended) in fan theories that the couple had recently reunited after Ashley cut things off with her Canadian beau Kevin.
Fans, naturally, are pissed. "I actually thought Jared was going to be serious about Ash this time around after seeing her in a relationship with another guy. Guess not," said a fan on reddit. Others called him a liar, because Jared actually dated Caila Quinn after BIP in 2016, and she even met his parents!
But other fans think he's straight-up lying about not dating Ashley. On one hand, he's actually going to be on BIP Australia and fans think he might be contractually obligated to stay mum about his love life so as not to turn any story lines. On the other, fans had this theory: "I don't think Ashley would want to go public with it either at this point, since it would look like she dumped Kevin for Jared, which she probably did, but I don't think she wants to advertise it. She'd look like an idiot once they crash and burn again." Interesting.
This seems to coincide with a recent tweet from blogger Reality Steve who wrote on Twitter, "FYI, Jared and Ashley are definitely back together," after Ashley told Entertainment Tonight and said she would be "open" to rekindling her romance with Jared.
If Reality Steve is correct and Ashley and Jared have already reunited, don't expect them to publicly air their love on television. She said, "I’m going to go ahead and say [I won't be] a cast member on anymore Bachelor shows. If they want me to come back for cameos, [I'm] all for it, but not a cast member on The Bachelor again."
Ashley and Jared first got together during Season 2 of Bachelor In Paradise but the pair broke up after their fantasy suite date — no, they didn't have sex — and both left the show. But, their days in paradise were far from over as they both went on to appear on Bachelor In Paradise Season 3, where Ashley had a thing for Wells Adams and Jared had his sights set on Caila.
Ashley's most recent stint on the Bachelor franchise was during Season 1 of The Bachelor Winter Games. She won the competition with Canadian contestant Kevin Wendt and finally seemed to find her happily ever after. That is until she and Kevin succumbed to the Bachelor curse and publicly called it quits earlier this month.
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