'Bachelorette' Villain Chad Responds to Outcry: “I’m Not Violent”

The contestant on JoJo Fletcher's season is getting fans riled up after only two episodes.
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Things took a dark turn on Monday's episode of The Bachelorette.

After quickly emerging as the resident house "villain" during the May 23 premiere of JoJo Fletcher's season, contestant Chad Johnson incited threats of violence from his fellow contestants during the tense second episode. Riling up his housemates during one of the most heated rose ceremonies of the long-running ABC franchise, Alex, a U.S. Marine, told the camera about Chad: "I will, with no hesitation, punch a guy like that in the face." Scenes for next week showed Chad being called "volatile" and punching a door while another contestant is seen bleeding from his face.

But Chad has a message for the show's fans: "I'm not violent."

Taking to his own social media accounts after the episode aired, Chad continued on Instagram: "But I will stand up for myself, being as I, like everyone else, do not like being harassed and bullied."

Fans were quick to call out the 28-year-old luxury real estate agent on social media after his disturbing behavior. He spent most of his on-camera time provoking and degrading his fellow contestants ("[JoJo]'s gonna keep Alex around because she doesn't want America to think that she hates short people"), and his workout routines and non-stop meat-eating during the episode earned him nicknames like "meathead to the max" as well as a spot on Twitter's trending topics Monday night. One of the viral moments showed Chad comparing the men who approached him to the Care Bears and West Side Story, saying to the camera while snapping, "Alright, let's get Chad!"

But Chad showed a different side to the Bachelorette when he opened up to JoJo about the death of his mother, who died from liver cancer six months ago. Now, he elaborates on how losing his mother propelled him to go on the show.

"The one question people keep asking, is why did I go on #TheBachelorette?" he wrote in another post Monday night. "Well other than the fact that I work all the time, for 7 years I watched my mother slowly die from cancer. Over the last 3 she got much worse and I decided to spend all of my time that I wasn't working, at her house taking care of her and generally spending time with her. She was all alone since her divorce from my father. My sister and I were all that she had. So I have not had a relationship in a very long time because I was busy trying to make sure my mother lived out her final years in comfort and surrounded by family. I still miss her everyday... She was my best friend and the person I told everything to."

Thanks to the full season trailer that aired after the premiere, fans can expect Chad to be approached by host Chris Harrison about his "violent" behavior, but with filming on the season wrapped, the former U.S. Marine stands by his actions.

"Maybe I'm a bit cocky, but you know what," he wrote in a previous post, "I think it's hilarious, and so did my mother." He also shared a Gladiator meme quoting the famous Maximus line, "Are you not entertained?" (Read all of the posts below.)

As for JoJo, she addressed Chad's behavior in a blog for People, saying she had no idea that there was so much tension.

"I knew there was some tension, of course, but I didn't know there were threats of violence," she wrote. "I don't feel great now seeing this. It's all just so complicated. Chad is a complex guy with complex emotions. And I know he means well. But he really shouldn't be threatening other guys. That's not cool."

The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Check back in next Monday and Tuesday for The Hollywood Reporter's weekly live blog during the special two-night event and share your comments on Twitter using the #THRose hashtag.

 

Gettin dressed for tonight's Episode 2 of #TheBachelorette. Finally I'll get some alone time with @joelle_fletcher and be able to be myself. You will see the amazing connection we have and hopefully, after this #bachelormonday y'all will understand that I'm not violent, but I will stand up for myself, being as I, like everyone else, do not like being harassed and bullied. Stay tuned in for more #bachelorette info and pics! #joellefletcher #watchingbachelorette #tonightisthenight #donttakeshit #treatwomenright #beyourself

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The one question people keep asking, is why did I go on #TheBachelorette? Well other than the fact that I work all the time, for 7 years I watched my mother slowly die from cancer. Over the last 3 she got much worse and I decided to spend all of my time that I wasn't working, at her house taking care of her and generally spending time with her. She was all alone since her divorce from my father. My sister and I were all that she had. So I have not had a relationship in a very long time because I was busy trying to make sure my mother lived out her final years in comfort and surrounded by family. I still miss her everyday... She was my best friend and the person I told everything to. #family #bachelornation #bachelorette #bachelormonday #joelle #jojo #chadjohnson

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I've served my country, I've lived a long life. For the last three years of my life, when I wasn't at work, I spent nearly every waking moment spending time with and taking care of my mother who was dying of liver cancer. I was sleeping next to her with my head on her chest when she passed. So maybe I'm a bit cocky, but you know what.. I think it's hilarious, and so did my mother. As men we call each other names and make fun of each other because that's what we do, and you either rise above it and have fun with it, or get offended because you can't handle it at which point you should just turn in your man card. #takeajoke #alwayslaughing #bachelor #bachelorette #thebachelor #thebachelorette #chadjohnson #teamchad

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