Justin Rego has posted an official statement about the Bachelorette controversy on his Facebook page.
"I would like to say that I was not in a relationship before I went on the show and I am still single now. I went on the show to experience an opportunity with possibilities of meeting the love of my life and creating great friendships that I can cherish for many years to come. As much as people would like to believe that I had no friends on the show and I had nothing but conflict with the other guys in the house, that is totally not the case. I have nothing but positive things to say about ALL the guys, including Kasey, Jonathan (The Weatherman), Craig R. and Craig M. I'm disappointed that the loyal fans of the show (who watch every episode) will never see those friendships ...
"Another thing I do want to comment on are the voice mail messages that were played during my exit from the show on Monday night. I left those messages when I was very confused and I was disgusted to hear messages with such private and personal content! I am quite upset that they were shared with the world just for an amazing scandal. Those messages were actually left after I told producers that I wanted OFF THE SHOW in Iceland....
"The first time I saw a phone that I could use, I took full advantage of that opportunity and called my Mom, who I missed to death. My Mom informed me that I should call Jessica because there was a lot going on back in Toronto and that Jessica was contacted by producers of the show. This news hit me like a ton of bricks, to think that the producers that were saying "trust me I'm your friend" on the show were the same people that were trying to provoke and encourage this scandal to be something it wasn't.
"As everyone that has watched the show this season knows, I suffered a devastating injury when I was wrestling two weeks before I travelled to L.A. to participate in The Bachelorette. During this two-week period, Jessica was there for me when I needed someone to help me out.... She showed me a side of her that I had never seen before, a side that I would call close to perfection in my eyes. For the first time I felt that Jessica was showing me the characteristics of someone I would want to spend the rest of my life with. Unfortunately now after I have learned everything that has happened, I have reason to believe that there was a second motive to her positive behaviour before I left to film The Bachelorette. I no longer have any contact with Jessica, nor do I want her in my life in any way.
"I feel betrayed, manipulated and unfairly lied to by both the producers of ABC's The Bachelorette and Jessica. Due to the producers of ABC's The Bachelorette wanting this scandal created at the expense of my character, I will not be attending The Men Tell All. I will not give the producers of this show the opportunity to have the chance of editing me to their liking once again.
"I will end this statement asking you to always keep this in mind that you can't believe everything you see on TV, and please don't be so quick to judge someone based on what you see on TV."
If you want to read the full statement, go to Justin's fan page here.
There's definitely some food for thought in there about the way people are portrayed on reality shows.