During this week’s episode of The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown called off the rose ceremony and kept her four remaining suitors: Peter, Tyler, Luke and Jed. While I understand that she was faced with an impossible decision, I can’t help but address the elephant in the room: Jed’s hometown date was a total disaster, and he should have been sent packing. (There, I said it.)
It’s important to point out that I understand that he’s a front-runner and—even better—pegged to win this season. (Thanks a lot, Reality Steve.) However, I’m convinced that Jed’s family is foreshadowing a rocky future for the soon-to-be couple.
Here’s what you need to know: On season 15, episode nine of The Bachelorette, Brown met the families of her four remaining contestants. When she arrived in Tennessee to visit Jed, his family immediately expressed concern about a potential proposal.
It all started when Jed’s dad pulled him aside and revealed that he can’t wrap his “head around all of it.” When Brown sat down with Jed’s mom and confirmed that she’s falling in love with him, his mom fired right back, saying, “Well, don’t you say that to all of them?” Touché.
His mom went on to say she’s concerned that an engagement will take away from Jed’s up-and-coming music career, which has yet to take off. When Brown asked if Jed is ready to be engaged, his mother said that he’s currently on a “different path.”
This immediately caught my attention, since I already speculated that Jed has been low-key promoting his music career. (I mean, who brings a guitar to a girl’s hotel room when a conversation is what’s needed?)
Jed’s sister only confirmed my suspicions when she admitted that a wife would only take away from Jed’s music. “Him falling in love with you…I’m not sure it’s a good thing,” she said. But why would Jed go on the show in the first place if he didn’t have room in his life for love? Hmm…
So, what does this mean for Hannah and Jed’s future? While it’s unclear, one thing’s for sure: Very few Bachelor couples have beat the odds and stayed together. And the successful ones all have full support from their in-laws, along with steady, non-fame-seeking jobs. Just saying.
The Bachelorette returns to ABC next Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m.