No one is more qualified to comment on the situation than Sam, who was at the centre of the franchise’s most scandalous season in 2014 when Bachelor Blake Garvey famously dumped her just days after filming the finale where he proposed, only to rekindle his relationship with second runner-up, Louise Pillidge.
“I do feel for the girls,” Sam told News.com.au. “I think it’s a pretty poor effort on behalf of Nick.”
“I don’t think people understand when you go on a show like The Bachelor that you quit your job because you don’t know how long you’re going to be there for. These beautiful girls would have quit their job, they put their lives on hold in the hopes of finding someone.”
“You have to be quite vulnerable to do The Bachelor and to put yourself out there to a guy who is dating multiple women. It’s quite difficult being so vulnerable. These poor girls let their walls down and let him in only for him to say he’s not ready. It’s like, ‘Mate, you probably should have thought about that before you signed on to be the Bachelor.”
However, Sam did acknowledge that at least he didn’t choose them only to return to someone else - yeah that was aimed at you, Blake Garvey.
“I will say I do think that it is quite brave of Nick to just say, ‘I’m not feeling it’ knowing that there would have been a backlash,” Sam added.
“Imagine if Nick chose someone at the end but he wasn’t feeling it and was just pretending because he felt pressured to. I think that ultimately the girl at the end, either Brittany or Sophie, they would have been more heartbroken in the long run. Having to go through a public breakup is quite awful, particularly when so many people are invested in your relationship.”