Wes Hayden Reflects on The Bachelorette, Feels Bad For Jillian and Ed

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Wes Hayden was this season's most hated man on The Bachelorette - but only by the fans. Jillian Harris liked him enough to take him all the way to the top four, and the singer just wrapped up a guys’ weekend with fellow contestants.

“Tanner [Pope], who lives in Dallas, drove up while Mike [Stagliano] and David [Good] and the rest of the guys flew in to have a good time,” Wes said.

The group hit hot spot Ranch 616, where they shared dinner, drinks and gossip about The Bachelorette winner and alleged cheater Ed Swiderski.

“I had no clue whether Ed had a girlfriend on the show. I didn’t know,” says Wes, who was also rumored to be dating Laurel Kagay on the show.

“If it’s true, I feel really bad for Jillian. I don’t know what to believe to be honest with you. I feel bad for Jillian and for Ed. But if in fact he was doing what everybody’s been saying, then he's got to man up and deal with it.”

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Wes Hayden feels bad for Ed Swiderski. Unless the rumors he cheated on Jillian Harris are true, in which case, that's just messed up, man.

The controversial country singer, who says not to believe everything you see on TV, has doubts about whether romance can blossom on The Bachelorette.

“I have a hard time grasping that the show’s intentions are genuine,” he said.

“If Jillian honestly came on the show looking for love, thought that she found it and then found out it was made up and Ed was cheating on her, that’s awful.”

As for Jillian, Wes Hayden says, “We connected on the show and we’re always going to be friends.” But he’s focused on pushing his first album Full Circle.

“I’m not dating anybody; I’m way too busy right now,” he says, however: "But you know, if I meet the right woman, I’d definitely like to settle down.”

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