We first met John Paul Jones on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. We grew to love him as the quirky chicken-nugget lover who is, sometimes, hard to understand. When Bachelor Nation found out he was going to be on this season of Bachelor In Paradise, they rejoiced.
On the beach, we’ve gotten to see a new side of JPJ. He’s still silly, he’s still unapologetically himself, and he still loves chicken nuggets. He’s also incredibly smitten with Tayshia Adams.
Jones and Adams decided to take their friendship to the next level a few episodes ago. However, recently, Adams told Jones that he should remain open to exploring other options. So he did. He went on dates with Tahzjuan Hawkins and Haley Ferguson, and they went really well. Both women came out of their dates completely on board the JPJ train.
Meanwhile, Adams began to pursue another prospect: Derek Peth.
Fast forward to the next rose ceremony where Peth gives his rose to Adams.
Cue: the beginning of the John Paul Jones meltdown.
John Paul Jones explodes at Derek Peth at Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone’s wedding
Jones grows progressively more upset over Peth’s budding connection with Adams. At Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone’s wedding, Jones yells at Peth for manipulating Adams and “taking advantage” of his fans.
Jones accused Peth of using his “status to hook up with women that are infatuated with public figures.”
“You’re full of sh*t. You’re in this for fame. You take advantage of women. You’re not in this for the right reasons,” he added.
“All of that is false” Peth responded.
“You have no idea what I’ve been through during this time,” he went on. “You don’t care to hear anything that I have to say… What you’re doing is denying me the opportunity to speak with you man-to-man.”
When the two men got back from the wedding, Jones hadn’t cooled down. He told Peth that he meant every word and, again, denied him the chance to speak.
What fans think of John Paul Jones after his fight with Derek Peth
JPJ has always been a popular figure among fans. There was even a push for him to become the next Bachelor at one point.
“I love John Paul Jones and all but he is acting so crazy. It’s disrespectful to make a scene at someone’s wedding first of all and he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about. He literally won’t let Derek get a word in. He needs to chill like I’m starting not to like him :/” tweeted one fan.
“Did an alien take over John Paul Jones body when he went through this meltdown against Derek????” wrote another.
“Does anyone else get strong Jim and Dwight vibes from this confrontation between Derek and John Paul Jones? #BachelorInParadise,” tweeted another fan.
Here’s the thing: JPJ is obviously feeling the pressure of Paradise. He’s falling in love with Adams as she begins to fall for Peth, his bed is outside, he throws up all the time–John Paul Jones is having a rough summer.
For now, it seems as though fans are mostly considering this outburst as uncharacteristic. Here’s hoping he sticks to a strict chicken-nugget only diet from here on out and gets to sleep inside every once in a while so he can chill out.