Bethesda 'Bachelorette' Contestant Dishes on His TV Experience

Bethesda ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Dishes on His TV Experience

Joey Jones discusses life in the public eye, says he's taking his time with dating

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Bethesda resident Joey Jones

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Bethesda resident Joey Jones said he went on a reality television dating show for the thrill of it.

“I think the thrill of falling in love on TV is really great and it’s appealing,” Jones said. “But I think you can fall in love in a lot of ways.”

Jones was eliminated on the third episode of the 15th season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” “I was kind of shocked when I didn’t get a rose in the last episode,” Jones said. “I definitely felt like I was beginning to have feelings for [Hannah].”

Jones grew up in Potomac and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Boston College in 2007.

At 33, Jones is nearly a decade older than show-lead Hannah Brown. But Jones didn’t mind the age difference. “I think I tend to date younger women,” Jones said. “I have this kind of silly side to me that I’ll probably hold onto my whole life.”

A senior manager at Capital One in McLean, Virginia, Jones said he’s thankful to his team for allowing him to take time off. Some of his coworkers attended his premiere watch party.

JOEY, HANNAH BROWN
Joey Jones meeting Hannah Brown on night one

“I wasn’t really sure how they would respond,” Jones said. “Everyone was super supportive.”

The Georgetown Prep alumnus has even been recognized at work. “They’re like, ‘Are you Joey Jones?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I am actually.'”

Jones said he’s also been recognized at the Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda. “One time actually I was in my car and someone stopped me, which was pretty unique and weird.”

Jones said his family has also been supportive of his stint on reality television. “I did tell them when I find out that they need to know that I was disappearing for a little bit,” Jones said. “They were super excited.”

“My mom actually encouraged me to apply and so I’d probably have her to thank for all of the experience,” Jones said.

Jones had nothing but nice things to say about Brown, who held the Miss Alabama title in 2018. “She’s an absolute doll and very calming,” Jones said.

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Jones poses with “Sally Sue” at a photo shoot group date

Jones said Brown’s calming presence helped when the cameras were around. “It’s definitely kind of nerve-wracking,” Jones said. “It wasn’t always easy for me because when you talk about personal things about your life, there’s other people, inevitably, that are listening.”

Those personal conversations did not make it to air. “There was some personal family stuff that I brought up and I wasn’t really sure what would happen if that was aired,” Jones said.

Last month, reality TV blogger Reality Steve published allegations that Jones cheated in previous relationships. Jones said he’d seen the blog post but said he had no comment.

Warner Bros. and ABC declined to make a comment.

In the blog post, “Melanie” claims that she was cheated on by Jones, and that producers invited her and another ex to fly out and confront Jones on camera.

According to Melanie, she and “Ashley” declined, and Jones was eliminated in the subsequent rose ceremony.

 

The Bachelorette cast photo
“The Bachelorette” cast photo

Jones said he is open to participating in another reality dating show, including “Bachelor in Paradise,” which stars previous ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ contestants.

“People do really sometimes fall in love and get engaged and get married,” Jones said. “And I realize that the percentages are lower generally on the show, but it brings people together and that’s a really cool thing.”

For now, Jones is taking his time with dating. “I’m not really trying to jump into anything immediately,” Jones said. “But you never know who you’re going to meet and you never know what’s going to happen.”

Hopeful suitors might run into Jones at the Equinox gym in Bethesda, or at RPM Italian in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of D.C. He also likes to go out on U Street.

Jones said that if he were actively looking for a partner, he’d be looking for someone he can be vulnerable with. “That’s probably first and foremost,” Jones said. “And outside of that all the other stuff, the age, the race, even location is not as big of a deal to me.”

Leigh McDonald can be reached at leigh.mcdonald@bethesdamagazine.com.

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