After Emails Have Been Leaked, Why Does “The Bachelorette” Couple Stay Together?

Perhaps not quite as exciting as a leaked celeb sex tape but titillating nonetheless, email exchanges between “The Bachelorette”‘s Ed Swiderski and the two women he allegedly had relationships with, through (and after) the taping of the show, have been leaked all over the internet (you can read the full exchange here). In the emails, Swiderski shows his romantic side, saying sweet things to Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen like, “I’m going to molest you when I get home.” Apparently, he promised both girls he’d only be gone for two weeks and when two weeks came and went and he was still taping the show, he emailed Lindsey: “Trying to leave tomorrow … hopefully I can pull it off.” Of course, as any avid viewer knows, he did indeed “pull off” going home early — citing work obligations as his excuse — only to return to the show a week or so later. The rumor is he slept with Lindsey while he was away from the show.

By all accounts, bachelorette Jillian Harris is standing by her man (Ed proposed on the final episode and she accepted). She repeatedly laughs off all allegations, saying: “None of it’s true, Ed’s told me about both women, I trust him, and that’s all you need to know.” But who’s buying it? Surely there must be some reason that she’s sticking with Ed and not dumping his ass faster than you can say “Loser!” As it turns out, there is a reason she’d want to keep up appearances that they’re still a couple — and it has nothing to do with love.
Both Jillian and Ed stand to make quite a bit of easy money over the next few months — but only if they stay together. Ex-“Bachelorette” DeAnna Pappas, tells In Touch:

“Hours after my finale, I was bombarded with offers for endorsements, special appearances and more. But the catch was they wanted both me and my fiance [Jesse Csincsak]. If Jesse and I stayed together, we could have easily cashed in. But for me, it felt like selling out.”

Time will tell whether Ed and Jillian have as much problem selling out as Deanna did. The two are allegedly “entertaining offers to appear at a Las Vegas nightclub and other clubs around the country.” According to a source: “Once the offers dry up, the relationship will probably end.” I give it another six weeks. [via Popeater and Reality Steve]