‘The Bachelorette’ Chad Johnson is Still Talking

Surprise Surprise. Chad Johnson, infamous villain of this season’s The Bachelorette is STILL talking.

Not a member of Bachelorette Nation? Here’s a quick rundown on Chad this season: Chad attaches suitcase full of rocks to his body for pull up workout. Chad is jokingly (but, not really) accused of roid rage. Chad punches a steel door. Chad bleeds. The door walked into my hand, Chad says. Chad threatens the life of beloved former football player, Jordan Rodgers. Chad gets the boot. BUT WAIT. Chad returns to boys’ house for a chat.

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Then we finally think he’s gone for good! Champagne was popped. Cakes were shoved in faces. Protein powder was kicked to the wind. No really. You should watch. But, alas…

Chad attempts to have the final word.

In an Instagram post yesterday, Chad actually ‘picstitched’ a series of three photos of himself and a woman named Hope Higginbotham. Two out of the three, these two are locking lips. Chad captions the photo with a sweet, yet unnervingly passive-aggressive message.

“While traveling this weekend, our paths crossed and I finally had the opportunity to meet Hope Higginbotham in person. Let me just say, she is even more beautiful in person! A great girl like her deserves so much better than someone who lies, cheats, and ends a four-year long relationship in order to pursue fame on a tv show. You’re amazing, I miss you already,” Chad posts.

So. Many. Questions. For starters, if they had just met, why are they kissing quite passionately in these photos. Perhaps I’ve been single for too long, but aren’t PDA photos reserved for at least the six-month mark? At the very least give us six hours to hypothesize and spread rumors of the romance. This is just no fun, Chad.

Secondly, who is this woman? E! News reports that Miss Higginbotham is, in fact, the ex-girlfriend of another man currently vying for JoJo’s attention. Robby Hayes. We did a little digging and would you look what we found…

That is Robby and Hope enjoying her birthday in Italy just 32 weeks ago, with ahem, ‘lots of love’. Cue Chad’s passive-aggressive commentary.

Both The Bachelorette and The Bachelor have had their fair share of the rumor mill commenting on the validity of the men or women on the show. Are they there for ‘the right reasons’? Is everyone just in it for the air time? Just last night’s episode of The Bachelorette dealt with a rumor magazine quoting JoJo’s ex-boyfriend (you should really stay away from boys named Chad, JoJo), saying she was still in love with him but doing the show for publicity reasons.

Like we haven’t heard that before.

But statistics don’t lie, folks. Out of the 30 seasons between both shows, only six couples remain together. That’s a 20% success rate. It may be that these relationships, like old-fashioned, non-reality-show marriages just don’t work out. There is also the possibility that Chad’s Instagram post is just one truthful instance of the many fame-seeking components of the show.

But just maybe, Chad is still the door-punching, shirt-ripping, life-threatening man Bachelorette Nation celebrated as he walked off the show with an eerie whistle. All we can do is tune in next Monday 8|7c to watch how JoJo’s love story unfolds.

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