Jared Haibon’s fans will be disappointed to learn that this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be his last. The 26-year-old Rhode Island native, who started his reality TV career on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of the Bachelorette, returned to Paradise for a second season earlier this month, one of 30 contestants who joined the cast of ABC’s summer reality show hoping to find a love connection.
Find out why Jared says he has no plans to put his heart on the line on national TV again, learn more about what happened with Caila Quinn, and the not-so-surprising news about his real-life relationship status with Ashley Iaconetti.
[Warning: There are some Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 spoilers ahead]
Ashley I. and Caila both want Jared? Oh, it’s on. https://t.co/8JcAHou47P
— Bachelor in Paradise (@BachParadise) August 20, 2016
The video clip above from the official Bachelor in Paradise Twitter account will give fans a clue as to why Jared doesn’t want to return to Paradise ever again. Caila can’t seem to make up her mind whether she’s into Jared or not, and Ashley’s jealousy just adds to the drama.
In an interview with Glamour magazine, Jared says although he is happy he went on Paradise for a second season, he is “absolutely” done with the Bachelor franchise. And, although he sounds dead-set against returning for another season, keep in mind that Nick Viall told WetPaint in September that he’d never join the Paradise cast.
Does the fact that Jared told Glamour “no, no, no, no” when asked if he would join the Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 cast next year make it painfully obvious that things didn’t work out with Caila? And what does he have to say about his relationship with Ashley?
Although Jared doesn’t give away the outcome of the show, he makes it clear that Ashley and Caila don’t end up as besties after Paradise. Is it because Jared and Caila make it to the finale as a couple or is there more to the story?
ABC’s preview video (below) shows Caila going back and forth about her relationship with Jared, something that appears to frustrate him to the point where he tells Carly Waddell he feels like he’s “going to throw up.”
According to blogger Reality Steve, Caila goes on a date (Week 4) with Brett Melnick (Andi Dorfman’s season), but ends up giving Jared her rose. Their relationship seems to be heading in the right direction after that, but Caila leaves before the Week 5 rose ceremony because she can’t deal with the drama. Jared leaves shortly after Caila because he isn’t interested in anyone else — or is it because Ashley is involved with Wells Adams?
When asked about Ashley’s relationship with Caila, Jared tells Glamour that he doesn’t think “they are painting each other’s toenails.” In other words, they aren’t best buddies now that Caila made a play for Jared.
Ashley explained on ABC’s After Paradise last week that Caila promised her that she wouldn’t go after Jared if she joined Paradise, so it’s obvious why Ashley isn’t willing to be Caila’s BFF.
So, what’s Jared’s relationship status with Ashley now that filming is over? He claims that they are still great friends despite his brief relationship with Caila.
“Yes. Oh my God, [yes]. Ashley and I are still great friends still.”
But could they be more than friends? After filming wrapped at the end of June, Ashley took a trip to St. Lucia with Jared, her sister Lauren, and Jade and Tanner Tolbert (photos below). Although they claim they are just good friends now, it’s hard not to speculate that Jared and Ashley will eventually realize they were meant to be.
Find out exactly how things turn out for Jared, Ashley, and Caila — watch Bachelor in Paradise on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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