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The Bachelorette: Jillian Harris Says Wes Fulfilled Her Fantasy

July 12, 2009 10:41 AM by Britteny Elrick


Now that Wes Hayden is finally out of the picture, Bachelorette Jillian Harris is finally free to dish the dirt. It seems like everyone who has been tuning intoThe Bachelorettethis season has been waiting on pins and needles, while chucking things at the TV, until this week whenJillian finally saw the light! On her Bachelorette blog this week for PEOPLE, Jillian admits that she kept Wes way too long because he was fulfilling one of her childhood fantasies.You won’t want to miss this…

Jillian wroteafter last Monday’s episode:

EEEEK!!! OMG, YOU GUYS!!! I have been ITCHING to write THIS blog since day one!! YES, I did it (sent Wes home)! I don’t even know where to start with this one. I think I will keep it mostly to the Wes scenario, as this has been the bone of contention for sometime.

But first, you guys, I need to tell you that I DID read all 364 comments (and counting!) that were left after my blog. I do read them all every time. I try my best not to read all the other stuff on the other websites (there is some nasty stuff out there!), but this one is my baby. For some reason, last week, you all wrote the sweetest most sincere messages. I truly sat on my couch with a little tear in my eye, holding my hand over my heart â⬔ I felt like each note was a reach out from a best friend. Thank you all for caring for me so much, making me laugh and wanting me to be happy.

The funniest entry I read was from Karen:

Dear Jillian,
If you have rejected Ed, I think I might leave my husband and two children and wander around Chicago with a bullhorn looking for him and his adorable sweater.

Girl, I sure hope it works out for you!

Other than the Wes scenario (which I will dive into soon), I’m not sure I have much juicy gossip about the Spain episode. Kiptyn crashed that scooter about 6 times that night, and although he was mortified, it made me like him even more , I laughed for days about that. I could just see us traveling through Europe doing the same thing and having a blast! Reid and I were starving by the time we went to dinner that night because our attempt at purchasing a romantic little picnic was a complete FLOP and our lunch was dry, tasteless and rubbery â⬔ again, another clue as to how much fun we would have traveling together. I did realize in Spain that I’m not as much of a foodie as I thought; I practically starved to death there! I swear I couldn’t find anything to eat but white bread, cured ham and escargot!

I DEFINITELY knew I was NOT ready for overnight dates in Spain. I knew they were an integral part of finding your lifelong partner, but I just wasn’t ready! I was nervous to accept the overnight date with Ed because of the “insinuations” that go with that, but I feared that we didn’t have enough time to catch up during the day. I knew that if Ed were to have a shot at this, he needed A LOT of time to get caught up with the others. I’m not sure if this is appropriate to say or not , but I have to tell you , We really did stay up ALL night till 7 a.m. talking about everything under the sun â⬔ every guy’s dream of the “fantasy date” , not. But it did make me realize how serious he was about coming back showing me he cared.

So , Wes! I know I kept him for WAY too long. I FULLY admit this. Someone on here wrote the truest way to explain it â⬔ it’s like you’re watching a horror movie that you starred in , And all your friends are yelling at you, “He’s behind you! He’s behind you!” Ha. There are so many ways to explain my connection with Wes. I cringe to admit this, but I truly was blinded by many of Wes’s “good qualities” for the better half of his stay that I refused to see all the red flags (and there were a lot of them!).

The thing is, for the last 10 years of my life, I have been surrounded with everything “urban,” my adult life has been all about my work and being in the city and I had this fantasy of being with someone that reminds me of where I came from, you know, camping, driving down the old dirt road, my guy working on the truck out in the driveway, listening to country music, cracking a beer on a Sunday evening on the old front porch , Scrreeeechhhh! What? Jilly! You have been listening to too many honky-tonk songs! Ha! Wes defined that fantasy to a tee, though. And the others were such city boys, I had such a hard time letting that long-time fantasy go.

I still don’t know if Wes had a girlfriend, but I do think Wes was there for his career. Along the way, we did build a friendship but his presence on the show was a disservice to both of us. It made me look like a fool and like I had bad judge of character, and it made him look like someone he is not. I guess this is what you lay out on the line when you sign up for something like this, right? Ultimately, you are all still entitled to your opinion, but I am a huge supporter of forgiveness and I hope you can give Wes a break and lay this one to rest.

Overall, I would say this was one of my favorite episodes so far. It showed my serious side, my funny side, my smart side and my soft side. I have to say, I am my own worst critic throughout all of this, but it is a reminder that I am not a perfect little princess , that I am a brunette and sometimes act like a blonde, that I have a brain, but sometimes choose not to use it, that I am okay with laughing, and later okay with shedding a little tear. This is what makes life so fun and interesting â⬔ and I have to admit, I love reliving this experience more and more every day.

Thank you all for reading again. I hope this one didn’t bore you!

Much Love,
Jilly XOXO

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4 Responses to “The Bachelorette: Jillian Harris Says Wes Fulfilled Her Fantasy”

  1. KLP0305 Says:
    July 12th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Jillian – I am from Texas and honey, he is NOT a cowboy – he is a fake on that as well. He has some dirty jeans and a western shirt along with a guitar and a bad voice…that does NOT make him your “fantasy man”. He is nothing but a liar and even has you believing his personna. He wouldn’t know where the front of the truck is compared to the back much less working on it. Get a grip — he is a user and a liar Period. If you want a Texan, come to TX – the state is full of REAL cowboys.

  2. mjdeibel57 Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    OMG These guys are so cute. I can’t believe Ed flew his fam to hawaii. He is perfect. I hope you did not dump him b/c he got cold feet in the suite! I think I’d pick ED. I hope this is not the same old BS on the Bachelore shows and that you really do get married to one of these dudes. Good luck….These guys are young so my expectations are kinda low.

  3. mjdeibel57 Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Oh crap i take it back. Reed is the very cutest of the three. I am so sad he is gone. Boo Hoo.

  4. Britteny Elrick Says:
    July 28th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    mjdeibel – UGH. I agree with you. I used to think Ed was all that and a TV dinner, but now I’m totally in love with Reid! He was so sweet tonight on the after the final rose… such a gentleman! he should be the next bachelor


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