Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher sent Chad Johnson home during the Episode 4 two-on-one date, but this season’s villain is still stirring up trouble off camera. Johnson, who recently returned home to Oklahoma after filming Bachelor in Paradise, has been spending time with the ex-girlfriend of one of JoJo’s frontrunners, Robby Hayes.
On Sunday, Chad posted a Snapchat story that just begged for attention from Bachelorette fans, followed by an Instagram post (below) that shows him kissing Hope Higgenbotham, the woman that Robby Hayes is rumored to have dumped right before he left to film the Bachelorette.
“While traveling this weekend, our paths crossed and I finally had the opportunity to meet Hope Higginbotham in person,” Chad captioned his Instagram post. “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.”
In the upcoming issue of Us Weekly, a show insider states that this season’s cast is the most toxic in the history of the show, and Chad is certainly a prime example of the bizarre group of guys who supposedly came on the show to find love with JoJo Fletcher. Now that Chad has confirmed on social media that he is hooking up with Robby’s ex, it makes this season even crazier
Apparently, Johnson decided to leave Jordan alone and is now focusing his efforts on Robby’s ex-girlfriend after two failed attempts at finding a relationship on TV.
Whether or not Chad will continue to date Hope Higgenbotham is unknown, but it’s obvious he’s trying to stir up some controversy to keep himself in the spotlight for as long as possible.
During the Bachelorette Season 12 trailer (below) JoJo is shown questioning Robby about his ex-girlfriend, something that was obviously prompted by producers who found out that the 27-year-old sale rep broke things off with Hope shortly before the show started filming.
“I’ve been told she had no idea he was on the show until after he’d already left. He never told her he had been talking to the show, was thinking of going on, or had agreed to do it.”
What’s next for Chad Johnson now that he’s stirred up some drama off-camera? He will undoubtedly be in the hot seat at the upcoming Men Tell All special next month. Whether or not Chris Harrison will address his relationship with Hope Higgenbotham is unknown, but unfortunately Robby won’t be there to face the Chad Bear.
Spoilers point to Hayes making it to the final rose ceremony with Jordan Rodgers, so he won’t appear on stage until the After the Final Rose special on August 1.
What do you think about Chad Johnson dating Hope Higgenbotham? Is it a ploy for more media attention or are they really dating?
Watch the Bachelorette on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
[Image via Chad Johnson Instagram]