When blogs revealed that Finding Prince Charming hunk Robert Sepulveda was once an escort, fans were shocked— but the new "gay bachelor" show's producers certainly weren't surprised, sources exclusively tell RadarOnline.com.
TV execs knew all about the 33-year-old interior designer's dark past, insiders claim, and were eager for the inevitable publicity that would accompany the juicy expose.
"It was all planned," a source close to the new Logo series tells Radar. "No one knew how the show would do, so they needed a sex scandal to spice it up."
Indeed, sexy Sepulveda has since spoken out about his sordid experience as a "rent boy," claiming he needed the money to pay for college.
"I saw no other way to support myself," he told People. "I had all those expenses, I just knew that I had to do something. I had no other choice."
It also appears the reality star will discuss the escorting experience with his suitors on an upcoming episode of the dating competition show.
"I'm not ashamed of my past. I own it, and I talk about it with the guys on the show," he revealed in the People interview.
In addition to his sex work, the allegedly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist also has a financial scandal on his hands. As Radar exclusively reported, Sepulveda was evicted from his New York City apartment for repeatedly failing to pay rent in 2013.