When I wake up to an email from my Aunt Harriet in France questioning whether Emily Maynard is paying Jef Holm to remain her fiance, I knew the rumor mill was hard at work again. Jef Holm’s ex, Kaylee Sheperd, reported to Us Weekly that Emily and Jef’s relationship is just for television. Sheperd alleges that Jef discovered text messages evidencing that Emily was cheating and confronted Emily with two options: (1) he’ll go out to the press and tell everyone her true colors or (2) he’ll deny the rumors if she splits her salary from The Bachelorette with him. Of course Sheperd says she got this information from Jef when they met up in a hotel room.
The problem with this information? Jef was tweeting pictures and updates about his time with Emily and Ricki during the alleged time he was off in a hotel with his ex. Not to mention, the guy is a millionaire (did you see his family’s Utah estate?) so why on earth would he fake being engaged to Emily for a mere $150K? That’s pocket change for him. He’s got his own business and just moved to Charlotte for Emily – kind of a lot of effort to fake being a dad and moving cities just for some cash. He’s coaching soccer games for Ricki and driving car pools. This is not made up – he’s tweeting pictures of all of these things as they happen.
Perhaps the best evidence that Emily & Jef are doing just fine is this video posted a few hours ago by CNN iReport. Emily, Jef and Ricki are in San Diego at the moment promoting Jef’s company and having a blast together. They were specifically asked about the rumors and laughed it off. Regarding upcoming wedding plans – sounds like Step 1 was getting Jef to move to Charlotte. This just happened, so best to let him adjust without crazy wedding plans taking over. I’m still rooting for these guys. Sounds like all is well.