Emily Maynard and Jef Holm insist they are still pretty much together. The couple, who got engaged at the end of "The Bachelorette" season 8, vehemently denies swirling rumors that their relationship has come to an end. They also dismiss story suggesting that she promised to give him half of her "Bachelorette" paycheck if he agreed to fake their romance.
Emily reportedly had a huge fight with Jef after she was caught sexting with another man during a holiday. "I was there and I heard the fight and watched the whole thing go down, Emily leaving and everything," his brother Mike told Us Weekly. "I love my brother very much and, like the rest of our family, I just want him to be happy."
Jef allegedly confided in his ex-girlfriend Kaylee Shepherd about the cheating fiasco, saying the other man was Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart. "When she put her phone down, (Jef) picked it up and read through everything," she claimed. "Jef said, 'It was that pro football guy ... She strung me along and was talking to another guy the whole time!' "
"Emily told him, 'I'm so sorry,' and he said, 'Well, we have two options: The first is I can go to the media and tell them the truth and let everyone know what you're really like'," she continued retelling the alleged story, " 'Or two, I will deny the whole thing, and you give me half the money you made from 'The Bachelorette.' She picked option two."
In response to the rumor, Emily tells E! News, "We just try to laugh about it and not read it." The mother of one continues, "I trust him, he trusts me, and that's really the bottom line. We always make a phone call to our parents and friends and say, 'That's not true,' and at this point they're like, 'We know'."
"We're not perfect by any means," she additionally says, "but we're so happy. Most of our time, we spend it in Charlotte. So people there, they see us at the grocery store, and Target, and carpool, and they're like, 'OK this has to be legit'."
Jef echoes her statement, "The two biggest things are trust and communication when you're in a situation like we are." He adds, "She's my best friend. We hang out together, we have fun. This is better than any relationship I've ever been in." On Twitter, he previously slammed his brother, "It's crazy what people will do, even family members, to see their name in a magazine."