Think your family is crazy? Imagine this Thanksgiving Dinner scenario. Bachelorette Hannah Brown revealed this week that her young brother, Patrick Brown, is dating Hayley Stevens, a former girlfriend of Hannah’s ex-fiancé Jed Wyatt.
“I love my brother,” Hannah told US Weekly on her press tour for her new book God Bless This Mess. “About his love life … I don’t choose who my brother loves and who he wants to be with.”
Seemingly addressing their relationship for the first time, she added, “but I love him and want him to be happy.”
Patrick Brown and Jed Wyatt’s former-girlfriend, Haley Stevens, appear to have been together since going public with their relationship back in February. Going Instagram official, Haley wrote “I sure love lovin’ you” along a photo of the two of them together.
Even more surprising, is that Hayley Stevens was also involved in Hannah Brown and Jed Wyatt’s breakup after the couple got engaged on The Bachelorette.
A rumor started while the series was airing that Jed Wyatt had a girlfriend at home the entire time he was on the show. That girlfriend was later thought to be Haley Stevens, which was confirmed true when she finally spoke out.
She told US Weekly that she dated Jed for four months before he flew to California to be part of The Bachelorette, and that he told her they would still be together when he returned because he only joined the show to boost his country music career.
“I had to take a step back and make a sacrifice for a couple of months or a number of weeks for him to be able to have this opportunity,” she told Us Weekly at the time. “I was like, ‘OK, I love him. I can do anything for six weeks. We can do anything for six weeks, two months.’”
“I was just loving this person and doing what was best for him,” Haley recalled. “Now it’s like, there’s this other person and this other heart that’s involved in this.”
Hayley later shared text messages with the entertainment news outlet that confirmed Jed had told her “I love you” right before leaving to film the show.
At the finale, Hannah Brown told Jed that he was “selfish,” and that she felt like the decisions she made on the show were “all tainted.”
Despite the bitter breakup, Hayley Stevens is still a part of Hannah Brown’s life, and now her younger brother’s serious girlfriend. She posts many photos of her and Patrick Brown on her Instagram page @lyricsandlipstick, where the couple recently attended the Auburn Rodeo.
A source close to Hayley said that she was “heartbroken about the situation,” following the breakup with Jed, but that she “has thrown herself into her music and is moving on.”
Hannah also mentioned in her new book that Patrick Brown was the first member of her family to seek therapy and take care of his mental health, which she is “really proud” of him for.
“I’m just so thankful for all the changes that he’s made in his life,” she said. “Because that just really impacted the way that our family dynamic is. Both of us have kind of gone on our own journey of healing.”
Hannah Brown has also moved on from the Jed Wyatt drama, and is in a happy relationship with Adam Woolard, a PR director and model with no connection to The Bachelor franchise.
“Things might not have turned out the way I expected, but I try to learn from every moment,” Hannah Brown revealed. “I don’t wish ill on anybody. And I’m in a really good place.”