Trouble in paradise? Not for Ashely Iaconetti and Jared Haibon. But her previous relationship with ex-boyfriend Kevin Wendt wasn’t so perfect. The Bachelor in Paradise star admitted that she did, in fact, cheat on Wendt with Haibon while they were still in a relationship.
“I was dating Kevin like out in the real world for two weeks and Jared came out about his feelings and he kissed me in the airport,” Iaconetti said on The Ben & Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast.
The reality star had admitted previously that the two had kissed while she was still in a relationship with Wendt, but she finally used the word “cheating” when talking about the incident.
“And we had mentioned this before — I admitted before I was dating Kevin when Jared kissed me,” she added.
“Whether you call that cheating that is up to you, by most definitions that is true,” Iaconetti said. “But, it was one of the moments of passion, one of those actions — he pulled me in, I kissed him back.”
But the reality star clarified, “I never kissed him again until Kevin and I broke up after my birthday on March 6.”
Iaconetti admitted that she felt guilty about the encounter, even though it was with her future fiancé. “When [Jared] pulled me in the second time, I said, ‘I shouldn’t have done that.’”
Wendt was the first one to speak out about the encounter, when he implied Iaconetti’s infidelity.
“When Ashley and I left Winter Games, I knew I wanted to marry her one day,” Wendt explained on the season five premiere of Bachelor in Paradise. “And then all of a sudden Jared flips the switch and now he wants to be with her. I did try to make it work, but if you kiss another guy while you’re dating someone else, that’s cheating in my book. That really hurt me.”
Even though Wendt and Iaconetti had their ups and downs, Iaconetti is still grateful for her time with Wendt, as it led her to Haibon.
“I could not have been here if it weren’t for meeting Kevin,” she said. “Jared even says, ‘Hey if it weren’t for him who knew how long it would have taken.’”