Is the 'Bachelorette' Charade Ending?

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Jef Holm invited Emily Maynard to his family’s beach house so they could all meet the girl he chose to marry on a reality TV show. Things were going pretty well until he checked her cell phone and found out she’s actually been sending racy photos and texts to another man. Jef, a sweet sort-of Mormon with unkept hair and apparently three brain cells had not seen the red flags. She had already been on one reality dating show.

She seemed to make choices about men based on their trust funds. She’d purchased new boobs and teeth before she went on a quest to meet a step-daddy for her little girl. The signs were there. But now they were staring back at him in the form of early morning photos of his new ladylove to some other dude.

And the messages were naughty, something he would never expected from the packet of materials the producers of The Bachelorette had put together when he was cast for the show. She’d lied on all those fantasy dates. So he kicked her out of the family beach house and sent her home in a minivan with no air conditioning that only played Indigo Girls CDs.

But Emily’s publicist denied the story. She must have convinced him to come back to her. She wanted to host her own show, so breaking up weeks after their TV proposal would be bad for business meetings. He agreed, because again, he has three brain cells. They had a photographer follow them to the local grocery store to prove they are still happily together. I mean, a couple that shops for toilet paper and dishwasher detergent is obviously solid, right? You don’t walk hand in hand down aisle 5 looking for syrup if you aren’t still deliriously happy.

But Holm’s family back at the beach house doesn’t seem to agree. US Weekly called them on Wednesday and Jeff’s brother Mike took the call and confirmed the fight. “I can tell you that it’s all 100% true. I was there and I heard the fight and watched the whole thing go down, Emily leaving and everything,” Mike told Us exclusively. “I love my brother very much and, like the rest of our family, I just want him to be happy.” Translation: Get out, man.

But the magazine says his brother also hopes the two will stay together. “We all love Emily, too. Mistakes happen, we all get that,” he explained. “I hope they can work it all out, but as far as your story goes, it’s all true.” Translation: In case he ends up marrying this nightmare I am going to have to pretend I like her. Otherwise Christmas will blow.

But these two don’t seem headed for wedded bliss. Wet paint reveals they have already come close to breaking it off, even before this cell phone affair became public.

“Jef has been complaining that they have nothing in common,” the source tells Wetpaint Entertainment. He likes to cuff his pants and gel his hair in his spare time. He’s been telling people, ‘I know she has a kid and everything, but she never wants to go out.’” Every time I want to stay up late to head over to a ward meeting she says she’s got to catch up on her taped Days of Our Lives episodes, he says. Emily has been voicing similar feelings. “She’s sounded frustrated,” says the source. “She says Jef doesn’t like to do anything. She says she thinks he’s boring.

Why can’t they realize they can both stare at walls together?

Emily meanwhile, has implied Jef should consider himself lucky she picked him. “I heard her say, ‘I made him famous,’” adds the source.

Because that water bottle company of his has really taken off since he has aligned himself with a girl who got pregnant by the son of a racecar driver in East WhoknowsWhere Carolina.

Despite the fact that both Jef and Emily yesterday insisted all is well in their relationship, it appears that’s not entirely the case. “Right now, I think they’re in denial mode because they’re embarrassed,” the source concludes. “But I don’t know if they’ll be able to recover from this.”

Crap, and I had just bought them their salad tongs off their registry.

-Kate Casey

Kate Casey is a Pop Culture Lover. PR Pro. New mom. Comedy nerd. Celebrity gossip fan. Follow her on Twitter @KateCasey