Emily Maynard gave the final rose to Jef Holm on the season finale of The Bachelorette, but a source reveals to In Touch that Arie Luyendyk Jr. was actually her first choice! “[Jef] won because Emily didn’t have any other options,” the source tells the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.
In a shocking turn of events that took place off camera before the staged breakup, the source tells In Touch that Arie left the show after learning that the single mom had slept with Jef the night of their fantasy suite date.
“Arie didn’t know that she had been sleeping with other people,” the source reveals, adding that once Arie – who had also slept with Emily on multiple occasions – found out he “started to wonder how well he knew this woman.”
In an attempt to save Emily from embarrassment, the source says producers contacted Arie and offered him money, a free vacation and a shot at becoming the next Bachelor in exchange for shooting a date scene in which Emily would “dump” him. Though reluctant, “Producers told him, ‘You’re going to make this look really bad for yourself if you don’t come along. You’re contractually obligated if we want you there.'”
For more on the truth behind the Bachelorette finale, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch – on newsstands Friday.