Jake Pavelka, in town to tape a role on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” has reportedly broken up with the gal he picked on “The Bachelor” earlier this year Vienna Girardi.
I visited the set of the show on Friday and he didn’t say anything about breaking up with her. I didn’t ask him directly but to another reporter, he skirted the issue about Vienna and marriage. He faced a lot of criticism from viewers about picking her, especially given how much the other women in the house disliked her. (And it appears ABC will take back the $42,000 ring.)
Girardi told Star magazine she dumped him and they hadn’t had sex in months.
“Jake and Vienna have split,” says Janice Lee, a rep for the couple. “They appreciate the respect for their privacy at this time.”
No reason was given. After Pavelka, 32, was eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” in late April, he spoke of needing to spend time with Girardi to “focus on our relationship and just see where life takes us right after that.”
He is now pursuing acting-related opportunities and is on leave from Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines, where he has worked as a pilot the past decade. He lived in Vinings for a year about a decade ago but wanted to be closer to family and ended up in Dallas.
The role he is playing on “Drop Dead Diva,” set to air in mid August, is that of a bachelor on a reality show like “The Bachelor.” (Big stretch, eh?) The plot features Camile Guatay as a reality-show contestant who sues a production company for portraying her poorly. Jake takes the stand to talk about his involvement. He said the guy isn’t quite as morally upstanding as he is. Also, he noted that in the real world, production companies make reality-show contestants sign pretty air-tight contracts that make it difficult for them to sue over how they are portrayed.
Here’s the video interview I did with him last Friday, the day before the news leaked out. He was into acting before he became a pro pilot back in the late 1990s on “Walker Texas Ranger.”