Duped again and again by Bachelorette producers — not to mention those contestants who weren’t as single as they said — Ali Fedotowsky is well on her way to becoming the most pitied woman in America. But away from the cameras, there’s really not much reason to feel sorry for Ali. “She isn’t as innocent as she seems,” the just-kicked-off contestant Justin Rego tells In Touch. While she portrays herself to the world as a sweet, gullible romantic who wants nothing more than to find the man of her dreams, sources close to Ali describe her as a fame-seeking party girl with more than one skeleton in her closet, a slew of unsavory friends — and quite possibly, a man in her life. According to a source, Ali isn’t any more single than those notorious “taken” contestants, and she rushed into the arms of her new man, Patrick Hammon, shortly after she finished filming the show.
While Patrick, 29, tells In Touch, “We are absolutely not dating, we are just friends,” a source close to Ali insists that the 25-year-old hooked up with Patrick, who is from San Jose, Calif., “right when she got back from filming and even before she left.” Though they’re not dating exclusively, Ali and Patrick definitely like spending time together, the source says, explaining, “They’re not so serious, but they’re having fun.” As dead-set as she seems on finding the love of her life on The Bachelorette, the source says Ali has been seeing Patrick on and off since ending the show and loves hanging out with him because “he’s good-looking and has a great career,” the source says. “He’s smart.”