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The Bachelorette's Jared Haibon Says Kaitlyn Bristowe 'Doesn't Deserve' to Endure Slut-Shaming

Bachelorette: Jared Haibon Talks Kaitlyn Bristowe Slut-Shaming
Jared Haibon
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07/21/2015 AT 04:00 PM EDT

He left The Bachelorette in tears after Kaitlyn Bristowe decided to send him home, but Jared Haibon isn't bitter about her decision.

"I know how hard of a day that was for both of us," the restaurant manager tells PEOPLE. "There were parts of me that wanted to go back and pull a romantic gesture like Heath Ledger walking down the bleachers in 10 Things I Hate About You, but that's not the way it works here. There were three other guys after me. Kaitlyn and I had a wonderful connection, but it just wasn't as strong as the others."

So Haibon says he understands the reasons behind Bristowe's decision to have sex with contestant Nick Viall during the show. "My relationship with Kaitlyn was different than her relationship with Nick. Theirs is much more intense and passionate in terms of physicality. If we were in that moment, it would be very hard not to explore and further our relationship, and that's what they did. We're all adults here."

As far as the hateful online criticism the incident elicited? "Kaitlyn doesn't deserve any sort of criticism," Haibon says. "She treated every relationship differently, and that's what she should have done."



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The Bachelorette wraps up its current season Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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