It was the sexting scandal heard around the world. The betrayal to end all betrayals. The reason we are currently ugly-crying into a pair of sequined Louboutin knockoffs.
Of course, we're referring to to the fact that Bachelorette Emily Maynard kinda-sorta-maybe cheated on her fiance Jef Holm. But did this affair to remember really happen? We've created a timeline of the key events so you can get your sleuth on and figure this thing out once and for all.
August 18th: Em and Jef Go on Vacation in South Carolina
A few weeks after returning from their triumphant trip to Africa, Jef and Emily met up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — where Jef's parents serve as presidents of a Mormon mission. Jef and Em joined the entire Holm family for a family vacation (with the Rickster!), and seemingly had a fab time. Or so we thought...
August 20st: Emily and Jef Step Out on The Town
Just one day before news of Emily's rumored cheating broke, she and Jef looked very much in love while grocery shopping in Charlotte.
August 21st: Emily and Jef Go on a Date Night
After a fun-filled weekend in South Carolina, Emily took her hubby-to-be for a night out on the town in Charlotte, where they feasted on giant burgers and a platter of sushi — and managed to make us both hungry and swoony while doing so. Jef even called Em his "baby boo!" Little did we know their relationship was about to change forever.
August 22nd: Reports of Emily's Alleged Cheating Break
Us Weekly caused mass heartbreak around the world when they broke the story that Emily cyber-cheated on Jef while in South Carolina. According to Us Weekly's mysterious source, Jef stole Emily's phone and discovered she had been cheating on him with a random boy-toy. "There were texts and pictures: 'Let's do this and that to each other,'" the source said. "Jef and Emily went into a bedroom and were yelling. He said 'you've been f*cking cheating on me for months!" Jef reportedly kicked Emily out of the family compound at 1AM, telling her to "pack her sh*t and get the f*ck out."
August 22nd: Em and Jef Hold Hands In Public, Maintain a United Front
On the same day Us Weekly published an explosive cover story alleging Emily had been cheating on Jef, the couple stepped out in Charlotte looking just as happy and in love as ever.
August 22nd: Emily and Jef Issue a Statement, Say Reports Are "Bogus"
After spending most of August 22nd crying into our Chris Harrison poster, we saw a glimmer of hope when Jef and Emily denied Us Weekly's cheating allegations. “It’s one hundred percent not true,” Emily told People, while Jef laughed off the story and called it “bogus.” Em added that she and Jef have “never been more in love or felt more confident about our relationship."
August 23rd: Us Weekly Fires Back and Reveals Their Source... Jef's Brother!
Emily and Jef were quick to dismiss rumors of Em's cheating, but Us Weekly's source came forward just a day after the news broke, and was none other than Jef's brother, Mike Holm!
"I can tell you that it's all 100% true," Mike told Us. "I was there and I heard the fight and watched the whole thing go down, Emily leaving and everything. I love my brother very much and, like the rest of our family, I just want him to be happy."
August 23rd: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Speaks Out
Jef and Emily's supporters can't believe the happy couple are going through this media storm, and even her ex, Arie Luyendyk Jr., is taking a stand. After Jef tweeted "Crazy what people will do, even family members, to see their name in a magazine," Arie responded "Not cool! This is be yesterday's news tomorrow."
August 23rd: Exclusive Source Tells Wetpaint Entertainment That Em and Jef Have Come Close To Breaking Up
Since the news of Emily's alleged cheating broke, fans of “Jemily” have expressed shock and outrage – but for the couple’s inner circle, the scandal isn’t that surprising. In fact, a source close to Jef and Emily exclusively tells Wetpaint Entertainment things between the Bachelorette couple have been so bad since the finale taping, the couple has already come close to splitting! “Jef has been complaining that they have nothing in common,” the source tells Wetpaint. “He even says they’ve already come close to breaking up once since the finale.”
August 23rd: Jef and Em Visit Ricki At School
Despite living through the most epic sexting scandal since 1998, Em and Jef aren't letting the media storm get the better of them. They even tweeted a picture of themselves hanging with Ricki during her first day at school!
August 23rd: Jef and Em Go Out to Lunch
The day Jef Holm's brother confirmed his story, the newly-engaged Bachelorette couple stepped out in Charlotte. Jef and Emily held hands and smiled at each other as they headed to lunch in Jef's soon-to-be hometown. Do Jef and Em look like a couple on the verge of breaking up? Not so much.
August 24th: Jef Issues a Public Statement To People, Says His Brother's Story Is 100% False
There's been lots of back and forth about Emily's supposed cheating, and Jef decided to set the record straight once and for all. He went back to People to say "This whole story is 100 percent false," adding "My family all says they are shocked, and obviously I'm shocked."
Labor Day Weekend: Emily Flies Home to Utah With Jef to Help Him Pack for the Move!
All's well that ends well? Not so fast...
September 26th: Jef's Ex Girlfriend Tells Us Weekly Emily Paid Jef to Stay With Her
Kaylee Shepherd tells the mag Jef gave Emily an ultimatum: Pay me half your Bachelorette salary or I'm gone!