Bachelor beauty Vienna Girardi became the latest contestant on the hit ABC show to become embroiled in a scandal when allegations surfaced this week painting her as a love cheat, a thief and a grade A user.
According to reports the Garardi cheated on her Marine Corps husband when he was deployed in Iraq and cleaned out their joint bank account, using part of the money to pay for breast augmentation surgery, but friends and family members tell RadarOnline.com exclusively that those charges are not true.
In fact, Vienna was academically motivated and gave up a chance at more education to move in with her now ex-husband, Josh Riley.
Shockingly, amongst the reports, Josh claims that upon returning home he discovered that Vienna had even slept with one of his buddies that he was deployed with!
He also claims that Vienna locked all his personal belongs in storage and wouldn’t disclose where to him.
In addition to claims of mistreating her husband of 10 months, a source spoke out claiming Vienna’s story about her splitting up with her “pastor’s son” ex-fiance that she was engaged to for six-months when she was 17, is lies and that in fact the fiancé, whose father wasn’t a pastor at all, dumped her!
A close family friend blasts the reports though, and explains their side of the story.
“Vienna was a straight A student at school and got an academic scholarship to go to college,” the friend says. “She never would have married this guy unless he talked her into it. Her family was shocked when she said she had married him because she had always worked so hard for her scholarship.
“Her father was devastated when she got married and moved to North Carolina but he loaned her the money to set up their new lives there. They needed the money, they really had very little to start their lives.
“Josh said that she had stolen the money from him but really she had just taken the money out of their account that she owed her father for his loan.
“Josh said she had stolen the money but they were married and it was a joint account so I think stealing is not what she did. She had every right to take that money as her name was on the account too.
“Josh called her while he was still in Iraq and said he wanted a divorce and she was really hurt.
“She left $5,600 in their savings account and the family has the bank records as proof so he was lying about her leaving him with just $1,800 and one article of clothing.
“They made comments about putting his things in a storage unit and not ever telling him where they were. What really happened was she told him where the unit was and both of their things were in the storage unit and he let people go through her things and even steal some of them.”
The source does confirm that there’s no love lost between the couple, but denies that Vienna was cheating on Josh, and points out that for somebody so supposedly heartbroken Josh managed to move on with his life post-Vienna very quickly.
“They have not spoken since the day they got separated and to top it off he got married to someone else only 6 months later, speaking of cheaters.
“She came home immediately and she went straight back to college and got a degree in communications through a fully paid academic scholarship.
“She is a sweet person that is always joking around and having fun, she doesn’t mean to insult people she is just joking around and those people are jealous.
“She came back from this marriage and worked at Hooters and she bought her boobs by herself and I don’t think she is even finished paying off.
“It is really sad that people are saying such mean lies about Vienna because she has always been such a great kid and she has always volunteered at the church. She came home after shooting the show and fed the homeless at Christmas.
“She is just a really good person.”
One person that seems to agree with that sentiment is the Bachelor himself, hunky pilot Jake Pavelka. Despite being loathed by the other girls on the show and being painted as the resident baddy, Vienna seems to be one of Jake’s favorites, and there’s no doubting his obvious attraction to the pretty blond.