A woman once engaged to marry the reality-TV contestant suspected of murdering his model-wife and then committing suicide revealed that she broke up with Ryan Jenkins because he told her he wanted an “open relationship.” But she also said she knew him as a “good person” who seemed incapable of such violence.
“It’s not something I would picture him doing at all,” Paulina Chmielecka said Thursday.
A model and actress herself, the blond Canadian was engaged to Ryan Jenkins for more than two years before they broke up last August.
Seven months later, Jenkins married Jasmine Fiore, the model whose dismembered body was found in a Dumpster last week. While police intensified their manhunt for him, he hanged himself in a motel room near his mother’s home outside of Vancouver.
‘Swept me off my feet’
Appearing Thursday on TODAY, Chmielecka told host Matt Lauer that she never saw a dark side to Jenkins.
“He was great, very charming. Swept me off my feet. Sweetheart,” she said of the self-described millionaire she met in Las Vegas.
Chmielecka said her experience with Jenkins was apparently far different than Fiore’s, whom he married after a brief engagement. The marriage was rocky, and Fiore claimed she had it annulled, although there are no known records of that.