If¬†you’ve been watching Bachelor in Paradise, you’ve most likely¬†declared Michelle Money as your spirit animal by now. The witty, warm-hearted Utah native originally appeared on Brad Womack’s season of The Bachelor¬†and later on Bachelor Pad 2. Now, in paradise, this single¬†celebrity¬†mom¬†has swept away audiences with her humor and impeccable style (we mean impeccable). On the show, she’s¬†the resident beauty guru, getting the girls¬†beautified¬†for their dates. At home, Money is mother to nine-year-old Brielle and works as a hair stylist while filming her YouTube show, MMandL.
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Reality TV Star Michelle Money on Relationship and Love with Cody Sattler
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Reality TV Star Jesse Kovacs Apologizes: “I Acted Like a No Class D-Bag”
On this week’s episode of¬†Bachelor in Paradise, Jesse Kovacs escaped¬†Tulum, Mexico, in his typical controversial fashion. The¬†villainized cast member departed¬†the reality TV show with regrets and without a relationship and love. In all the chaos of¬†his exit —¬†the accusations, the name-calling, the confrontations,¬†and the yelling — it was difficult to understand just what happened in paradise and why. Luckily, we got an exclusive interview with Kovacs and heard¬†his side of the story.
Reality TV Star Opens Up About Controversial Celebrity Hook-Up
We all know the magic of television editing can turn anyone’s character sour, but Kovacs testifies, “I feel like trying to explain what happened on the episode would be a cop-out. I can’t blame anything on editing.” He goes on, “There were certain things that were suggested that never happened, but all the statements made by me and others really were said.”
In his last moments on camera, Kovacs was accosted¬†in his¬†exit car¬†by¬†three heated women: Christy Hansen, Michelle Money, and Lacy Faddoul. The scene was intense. “I have no idea why they were upset after I left.” The San Diego native added, “I never wanted a drama-filled confrontation. I just wanted to leave.”
But we all know what he said in front of and outside of the¬†confessional camera. After the show,¬†the winemaker¬†told us that he “never had the intention of being disrespectful,” but then he¬†conceded, “I made some pretty stupid statements about Christy, and I feel horrible.” The 32-year-old¬†admits that he called Hansen¬†and apologized.¬†“I acted like a dick, and Christy wanted to let me know.”¬†He also “hashed it out” with Money post-show.
The style in which Kovacs¬†went out was by no means gentlemanly, but he defends his actions.¬†“I left¬†as soon as I felt like my time was up. No connection was happening, and I didn’t want to waste any one’s time. And I know people probably think I already wasted every one’s time, but everything happened so fast.” He must have done something right, though, because he says he still talks to most of the guys. Plus, “Lucy [Aragon] and Michelle are still friends…I think.”
The whole ordeal surrounding his celebrity hook-up was a lot to handle, but reflection brings both perspective and clarity. Kovacs wants everyone, especially his parents, to know that he’s sorry. In a statement to us, he¬†explains: “To my Mom and Dad, I’m sorry you had to sit through that, and please stay off my Twitter for a while. I acted like a no class d-bag, and although all the things being said about me aren’t true, they are well-deserved.”
We look forward to what comes next for Jesse Kovacs, the Liquid Lounge co-owner, reality TV star, and self-proclaimed d-bag!
You can keep up with Jesse on Twitter¬†@JesseAKovacs.¬†Be sure to tune in to¬†Bachelor in Paradise¬†on Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC!
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Contestant Jesse Kovacs Denies Threesome: “I Fell Asleep”
By Ann Luther
After this week’s episodes of Bachelor in Paradise, you’d think the show was set in the Bermuda Triangle¬†instead of¬†Mexico. The¬†scrumptiously scandalous moments were centered around none other than Jesse Kovacs, who¬†arrived on Monday night’s episode and was swept away on not one but three dates with beautiful ladies on the show:¬†Jackie Parr (from Sean Lowe’s season), Christy Hansen (from Juan Pablo Galavis’s season), and Lucy Aragon (also from Galavis’s season).
Jesse Kovacs on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Controversy: “Guy Talk Isn’t Always Meant to Be Shared”
Interview by Lori Bizzoco. Written by Shannon Seibert.
Fans recognize Jesse Kovacs from¬†season five¬†of The Bachelorette, where he fought for Jillian Harris’s heart,¬†and season one of Bachelor Pad, where he caused drama with ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kitt. Now, he is standing at another rose ceremony, waiting to see if he will get¬†a rose on Bachelor in Paradise tonight.¬†“It’s funny because, during this rose ceremony, I was sick as hell. I don’t think they show it, but I was off in the jungle puking my brains out,” Kovacs tells us in our celebrity interview. “So I wasn’t even concerned about getting a rose.”
Jesse Kovacs Talks About¬†Return to Reality TV for Bachelor in Paradise
Arriving in Tulum, Mexico this week, his first date was with Jackie Parr (Sean Lowe’s season). He knew nothing about¬†the format of the show; he did, however, know that it was worth it if finding relationship and love was a possibility. “It‚Äôs all about the experience for me,” he shares. “If you‚Äôre open-minded, you can meet someone anywhere. It doesn‚Äôt matter if it’s on reality TV¬†or if you‚Äôre in the coffee shop, at a bar, or at the post office.”
What wasn’t aired is that Robert Graham pulled him aside and gave him a¬†brief rundown of the situation. “I did know that Marquel and Jackie went on a date but still felt confident that she would want to go on a date,” he confirms. He also says that¬†everyone was super nice and inclusive. “Graham Bunn and I pretty much hung out the entire time,” he adds.
When the winemaker first¬†got to the island, he had three or four days of date after date after date and then a rose ceremony, leaving him with little free time to get to know any of the guys except for his roommates. “I’m talking with the guys in my hut as if I were talking to any of my buddies about a girl I was seeing, totally not realizing that there were microphones in the ceiling,” he reveals. “Certain things were relayed back to the girls — and of course, guy talk isn’t always meant to be shared.”
Teasing his storyline further, he admits that something happens that leads to tension between him and one of the guys. Plus, he¬†gets¬†mixed up in a big misunderstanding that causes him to head home early. “That will all come out later,” he assures us. He says¬†that he looked like the bad guy, although he was telling the truth about what happened.
Despite everything,¬†Kovacs doesn’t have any regrets and speaks highly of his experience. “It is what it is.¬†Realistically, I should‚Äôve known better.” Given he walked into a similar storm between AshLee and Clare, we had to get his opinion on the situation with the ladies.¬†“I¬†definitely feel like AshLee is always concerned about how she will be portrayed,” the reality TV star says. “Her edit or cut was the most important thing to her. I noticed this right away.”
His Recent Relationship and Love Life
He¬†may not have found a relationship and love on¬†Bachelor in Paradise,¬†but we do¬†know is that he had a serious girlfriend¬†since viewers last saw him on¬†Bachelor Pad.¬†“She was in San Diego, and I was living in Los Angeles. We spent¬†every weekend together — we‚Äôd go to the beach, and I‚Äôd bring a bottle of wine,” he candidly shares. “We moved in together,¬†started¬†a business, and then split up seven months ago.”
Outside of the show, Kovacs¬†tells us that he isn’t looking to settle down again anytime soon. Instead, he’s staying¬†busy with his entrepreneurial endeavors. He¬†recently opened a lounge called Liquid in downtown San Diego, and he’s still managing Kovacs Brothers Wine with his brother. “We have some wine that we‚Äôre probably going to release in early September, and then we‚Äôre going to be harvesting again,” he says of what’s next.
You can keep up with Jesse on Twitter @JesseAKovacs. Be sure to tune into Bachelor in Paradise on ABC on Mondays at 8/7c!¬†
Cupid Exclusive: Former ‘Bachelor Pad’ Exes Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs Offer Advice on Dating and Love
By Kari Arneson
Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs are no strangers to finding love on reality television, as they both competed on The Bachelor and The¬†Bachelorette series respectively – Elizabeth on season 14 with Jake Pavelka and Jesse on season 5 with Jillian Harris. ¬†The two seemed to find love as they cozied up with one another during last summer’s reality hit spin-off series Bachelor Pad, but like the majority of The¬†Bachelor franchise unions, their relationship didn’t last after the cameras stopped rolling.
Oftentimes, lack of communication in a relationship can lead partners down two totally different paths: Kovacs wanted something more casual while Kitt wanted to fall in love.¬† Nevertheless, the couple’s strong bond and competitive spirit led them into the final six, just a few steps away from winning the big pot of cash.
With another season of Bachelor Pad coming this summer, we asked Elizabeth and Jesse for their insight on dating, relationships and finding love on reality TV:
Former ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorettes’ Pick Chantal O‚ÄôBrien Over Emily Maynard For Brad Womack
With The Bachelor final rose ceremony less than a week away, single women are placing their bets on who they think ABC‚Äôs two-time Bachelor, Brad Womack, will give that final rose to on March 14.
It‚Äôs down to this season‚Äôs two fan favorites: soft-spoken southern mother Emily Maynard and sassy, slaphappy divorcee Chantal O‚ÄôBrien.¬† Based on Womack‚Äôs infamous dumping of both DeAnna Papas and Jenni Croft in season 11, many fans wonder if he‚Äôll leave his final two picks heartbroken as well.
While everyone has an opinion, nobody can be sure what will happen.¬† Even Bachelor reality TV spoiler sites like Reality Steve have reported different endings before next week‚Äôs season finale.¬† That‚Äôs why Cupid’s Pulse took this question to the experts: six¬†rose-loving revelers from past seasons – David Good, Natalie Getz, Tenley Molzahn, Kiptyn Locke, Jesse Kovacs and Elizabeth Kitt.
After all, who better to ask than former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants who appeared not once, but twice (just like Womack) on the Bachelor franchise? ¬†Each of them competed last summer for a chance to win $250,000 on ABC‚Äôs Bachelor spin-off show, Bachelor Pad – which Chris Harrison officially announced will return this year for a second season during last night’s The Women Tell All episode.
The verdict: None of the former reality stars¬†chose fan favorite Emily Maynard, who 83 percent* of Cupid’s Pulse readers picked¬†as their favorite¬†for Brad in this week‚Äôs poll.
Here‚Äôs who the former contestants chose and what they had to say about it: