'Bachelorette's Emily Maynard, Jef Holm still engaged, talk cheating rumors
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm appeared on "Good Morning America" on September 7 to set the record straight about recent infidelity reports.
"It's crazy, it's just rumors," Holm said. "And it's just tabloid stuff written about us - and it's not true. Emily and I are so happy, and we are great - we're in love and we're happy."
Maynard, 26, appeared on the 15th season of "The Bachelor" in 2011 and was chosen by Brad Womack. The relationship quickly fizzled and Maynard was cast as the season 8 "Bachelorette." On the show, one contestant stole the event planner's heart - 27-year-old Holm - an entrepreneur from St. George, Utah who proposed to Maynard on the July 22 finale.
Shortly after their joyous announcement, rumors swirled that Maynard was having an affair. The young mother spoke out about the scandal on the ABC morning show, dismissing all of the claims.
"I was shocked, because I was thinking like, 'Why would anybody do that, why would somebody make that up?'" Maynard said. "But you know, it broke my heart for Jef more than anything - I can get through whatever anybody says about me, but the fact that it was family just broke my heart for him. But we are better than ever, it doesn't phase me one bit."
The rumors were reportedly started by Holm's own brother, who he confirmed gave a tip to an entertainment outlet. While the pair is disappointed in his actions, Holm explained that he still supports his brother and that they remain in contact.
"I don't know why he would do that, I don't know why," Holm explained. "Sometimes in our situation, I think, it brings out the worst in people. You know? I don't even know if he really knows why he did that. I love my family, I love my brother, and I support him and I know he supports us as a couple - it just makes people do crazy things sometimes, you know?"
"Me and my brother are speaking - we're good," he added.
Maynard and Holm, who appeared all smiles on the morning talk show, said that they are still engaged and that Holm has even moved to Maynard's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
"The first on my checklist was getting him to Charlotte, and now we can start the fun part and you know, plan our wedding," Maynard said. "I just want it to be like, super chill, good music and good food and lots of family - I just want him [Jef] there, it'd be great."
Maynard has previously been engaged twice - to Brad Womack on season 15 of "The Bachelor" and to NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, who died in a 2004 plane crash, a week before she found out she was pregnant with their daughter Ricki, who is now 7 years old.
In the season finale, which aired on Sunday, July 22, Maynard chose between Holm and race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. Before the day of the proposal, Maynard told Luyendyk that she had more confidence in Holm.
Watch the full interview from "Good Morning America" here.