As most of Bachelor Nation knows, Gabby Windey’s fiancé, Erich Schwer, has been the subject of a lot of controversy lately. Most of this controversy was discussed at length in the finale of The Bachelorette on Tuesday, September 20 (though many fans are upset that Schwer’s blackface scandal was completely ignored).
On Sept. 14, BachelorNation.Scoop posted screenshots of text messages exchanged between Schwer and his ex, Amanda Kaylor. The lyrics were used to back up her claims that Schwer broke up with her to go on The Bachelorette but wanted her to wait for him so they could start dating again when he returned. The lyrics show that Kaylor was outraged and she refused.
During “After the Final Rose,” host Jesse Palmer shared screenshots of some of the text messages Schwer exchanged with Kaylor prior to filming, including one in which he said the show was “not real.”
However, Schwer confirmed that the news was real. Taking full responsibility for his deception, he told Palmer, “I seduced her and I want to own that. No hard feelings towards this girl. I understand her actions. … I didn’t want to have a tough conversation. But I learned a lot from it. I want to own this 100 percent. I have no hard feelings for this girl. It’s a mistake I made on my part.”
With Windey sitting close beside him, Schwer explained, “I met this girl about a month before it started and I had no idea I was going to get here. Ultimately, I realized there wasn’t a long-term connection, and it was around the same time that the show hit reach.”
Essentially, Schwer said he used the show as an excuse to break up with Kaylor because he saw no future with her. Windey said she was aware of the lyrics before they were published, commenting, “His honesty and willingness to take responsibility is all I could ask of a partner.”
In an exclusive interview with Us Weekly published on September 21, Kaylor said: “[His comments on the finale are] such cops – t but wish them the best. She will learn.”
Kaylor wasn’t happy with how Schwer took their relationship lightly in the “Bachelorette” finale. She said that while she and Schwer didn’t put labels on their relationship, it had been “very intense” and they just couldn’t get enough of each other. “We were obsessed with each other,” she said. “We really felt very comfortable. It came completely out of nowhere and really knocked me out, and he and I talked back and forth about how upset we were.
Kaylor was also upset that she introduced Schwer to her son, which she wouldn’t have done in a casual relationship. She told Us Weekly: “He had me introduce him the week before and then in my head it’s kind of messed up knowing that [The Bachelorette is] a possible option and I don’t think he got the news until March 10th because they are filming two weeks later. … I was just blind and hurt.”
When asked why she decided to go public with the text messages, Kaylor explained to Us Weekly that she actually went public with them back in July. But no one paid any attention to her until it seemed like Schwer and Windey were getting together.
Now that Schwer and Windey are officially and publicly a couple, Kaylor has some words of caution for Windey. She told Us Weekly: “If I were her, I would question it. If I were her, I would definitely be a little disappointed that he went on the show with bad intentions and was leading someone up until the day he left.”
Kaylor continued, “But I don’t know her. I don’t know their relationship. All I know is that what he did to me is very screwed up and they can take whatever they want.”
Finally, Kaylor wished the “Bachelorette” stars well if they’re “real.” She added, “I just hope this isn’t just part of his plan to make something of it because I mean he really fooled me.”
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